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Foulcer v Bhatti, Queen's Bench Division, 25 July 2000

2 November 2000
The issues

Overriding objective – late introduction of further expert evidence.

The facts

The Claimants sought to vary decision refusing Application for permission to rely upon the evidence of a Gastricentorologist in PI claims. At a Directions hearing in 1999 the Judge had refused an Application for permission on the basis that the Claimant has been searching in vain for some time for an expert who would support his claim and that now he had done so he should not be permitted to rely upon that evidence in trial in view of the prior procedural history.

The decision

Viewing the Practice Direction (29) alone the Defendant’s submissions would have been accepted. However having regard to the overriding objective it was clear that to deny the opportunity of adducing such evidence would prevent the Trial Judge from doing justice between the parties.

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