Connelly v RTZ Corporation Plc and others: HL 24 Jul 1997

The availability of legal aid to a party is not part of criteria for choosing jurisdiction save in exceptional circumstances.
Lord Goff discussed the Spiliada case: ‘the burden of proof rests on the defendant to persuade the court to exercise its discretion to grant a stay. For that purpose, he has to establish that there is another available forum which is clearly or distinctly more appropriate than the English forum in which jurisdiction has been founded by the plaintiff as of right. In considering that question, the court will look first to see what factors there are which point in the direction of another forum, ie connecting factors which indicate that it is with the other forum that the action has its most real and substantial connection. That is the first stage. However, even if the court concludes at that stage that the other forum is clearly more appropriate for the trial of the action, the court may nevertheless decline to grant a stay if persuaded by the plaintiff, on whom the burden of proof then lies, that justice requires that a stay should not be granted. That is the second stage.’
Lord Goff of Chievely
Times 04-Aug-1997, Gazette 28-Aug-1997, [1997] UKHL 30, [1998] AC 854, [1997] 4 All ER 335, [1997] 3 WLR 373
House of Lords, Bailii
Legal Aid Act 1988 31(1)(b)
England and Wales
Appeal fromConnelly v RTZ Corporation Plc CA 29-Sep-1995
Availability of legal aid to a party is not a relevant consideration to rules of forum non conveniens. . .

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Updated: 03 January 2021; Ref: scu.158908