Ouch!

By June 15, 2017January 29th, 2021Costs

A High Court judge has described as “absurd” the conduct of parties in an employment dispute that produced thousands of pages in bundles – but only referred to 100 of them – and skeleton arguments more than seven times the expected length.

Mr Justice Garnham warned that he was likely to penalise them in costs.

In this stinging Judgment, Garnham J reminds us all that in written advocacy, brevity is a virtue. Although I’m clearly ignorant of the facts of this case, it is easy to see why the volume of papers presented to the Judge led to the comments that he made. Keep it short and get to the point is the obvious message.      

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