How Serious Is It If A Court Order Is Not Complied With?

How Serious Is It If A Court Order Is Not Complied With?

Published: 28 June 2018

On 4 May 2018, husband and wife defendants were sentenced to 20 weeks’ imprisonment (suspended for 18 months) for breach of a freezing injunction – a stark reminder that court orders are to be respected and strictly complied with otherwise the consequences can be serious in the event of any breach.  Civil Courts have the power to impose custodial sentences for contempt of Court by anyone even if they are not a party to proceedings and sometimes, not even a fine can make things go away!

Amendments to Applications

Amendments to Applications

Published: 27 January 2017

A recent High Court decision highlighted the Court’s extensive discretionary and case management powers, albeit in circumstances in which the presiding Master (Master Matthews) opted against exercising his discretion to grant the application.
Applications to amend statements of case before the courts have decided the cases in question are often issued but in Agents Mutual Ltd v Moginnie James Ltd [2016] EWHC 3384 (Ch) the issue before the Court was whether or not an application notice could be amended.