Estate Acquisition and Development Ltd v Wiltshire and Another: CA 4 May 2006

The defendants appealed a decision that they had no sufficient reason for not attending court on the day of the trial.
Held: The fact that the defendants had a continuing commercial relationship with the claimants was not enough to justify an inference that they should be aware of proceedings served at a former address. In fact the defendant had not lived at the address since 1997. Once a party knew that proceedings had been served it became a duty in him to put in place a system for ensuring that he should receive communications from the court, but not before.


Lord Justice Dyson Mr Justice Moses Lord Justice Jacob


Times 12-Jun-2006, [2006] EWCA Civ 533, [2006] CP Rep 32




Civil Procedure Rules 39.3(5)


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