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CASE MANAGEMENT: Regal reticence

06 February 2015  

Ryan Dolby-Stevens discusses the impact of Abdulaziz v Apex [2014]

On 26 November 2014, the Supreme Court handed down a decision (Prince Abdulaziz v Apex Global Management Ltd [2014]) in which it stressed that the strength of a party’s case should be ‘generally irrelevant’ when it comes to the exercise of the courts’ case management powers, with the exception being where the merits of a party’s case were so strong that they would be entitled to summary judgment. The court also stated that the senior courts would generally be ‘very diffident’ about interfering with case management decisions made by the lower courts.

Additional Info

  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Denton & ors v TH White Ltd & ors [2014] EWCA Civ 906

    Mitchell MP v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 1537

    Prince Abdulaziz v Apex Global Management Ltd & anor [2014] EWCA Civ 1106; [2014] UKSC 64