Evans v Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: QBD 8 Oct 2014

The court was asked whether a party who requires the court’s permission to withdraw a Part 36 offer may be granted such permission on the basis of information and for reasons not disclosed to the party to whom the offer was made.
Held: The Trust could not withdraw its part 36 offer to settle because the trust had refused to disclose any reasons for its decision.It had made the application without giving notice to he claimant. Leggatt J said that it would be ‘unlawful and improper’ for the court to receive evidence or argument from the defendant in support of a request for an adjournment without the claimant knowing the contents of that evidence and argument. Either the defendant serve the evidence and disclose its arguments to justify withdrawing the part 36 offer, or judgment be made in favour of the claimant.


Leggatt J


[2014] EWHC 3185 (QB)




England and Wales


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