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Zuckerman on Civil Procedure: Principles of Practice (4th edition) Out Today


Published by Sweet & Maxwell, Juliet Wells is the General Editor of the 4th edition.

First published in 2003 in the wake of the Woolf Reforms, Zuckerman on Civil Procedure has for many years been the leading academic and practitioners’ text on civil procedure. It presents a clear and thematic analysis of litigation under the Civil Procedure Rules, explaining how the court interprets and applies the Rules, how judges exercise their extensive case management powers, and how this impacts the conduct of litigation. Throughout, the emphasis is on bringing out the principles that govern the exercise of judicial discretion in order to help judges and practitioners to understand the relationship between individual Rules and general principles, and to deal with difficult problems that arise in the course of litigation. Its analysis is authoritative – the previous editions have been regularly cited by the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and Privy Council, and by the highest courts in other common law jurisdictions.

The new 4th edition has been extensively restructured and revised, with an expanded chapter on case management and party compliance, and a new chapter on committal proceedings and other enforcement processes. It is fully updated to take account of new legislation, case law, and recent reviews into the workings of civil justice, including:

• The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 (which provides for dismissal of personal injury claims in cases of fundamental dishonesty, a new ‘different outcome’ test in applications for judicial review, and costs-capping orders in judicial review claims)
• The Consumer Rights Act 2015, together with the Competition Appeal Tribunal Rules 2015, which provide for a new scheme of opt-in or opt-out class actions before the Competition Appeal Tribunal
• The Disclosure Pilot in the Business and Property Courts
• Revisions to the CPR and amendments to specialist court guides
• Denton v TH White Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 906
• Tchenguiz v Director of the Serious Fraud Office [2014] EWCA Civ 1129
• Coventry v Lawrence [2015] UKSC 50
• Broadhurst v Tan [2016] EWCA Civ 94, Bird v Acorn Group Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 1096, and Qader v Esure Services Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 1109
• R (Haralambous) v St Albans Crown Court [2018] UKSC 1
• Barton v Wright Hassall LLP [2018] UKSC 12
• Belhaj v Director of Public Prosecutions [2018] UKSC 33
• Cameron v Liverpool Victoria Insurance Co Ltd [2019] UKSC 6
• Cape Intermediate Holdings Ltd v Dring [2019] UKSC 38
• Jet 2 Holidays Ltd v Hughes [2019] EWCA Civ 1858
• R (on the application of Jet2.com Ltd) v Civil Aviation Authority [2020] EWCA Civ 35
• Chapelgate Credit Opportunity Master Fund Ltd v Money & Ors [2020] EWCA Civ 246
• Mastercard Inc v Merricks [2020] UKSC 51
• Lord Justice Brigg’s Chancery Modernisation Review and Civil Courts Structure Review
• Lord Justice Jackson’s latest Review of Civil Litigation Costs

The 4th edition is available in print here, as an add-on to a Westlaw subscription, or on Proview here.

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