PREPARE A NON-COMPLIANT BUNDLE OF AUTHORITIES: THE RISKS OF COSTS BEING DISALLOWED: COURT OF APPEAL SOUNDS A WARNING
In the judgment today in Parr v Keystone Healthcare Ltd & Ors  EWCA Civ 1246 Lord Justice Lewison expressed concerns about the failure to follow the Practice Direction on the citation of authorities.
The Court of Appeal dismissed a defendant’s appeal. Lewison LJ had concerns about the bundle of authorities.
THE BUNDLE OF AUTHORITIES
Finally, by way of postscript, it is a matter of considerable regret that the practice direction on the citation of authorities at  1 WLR 780 (referred to in PD 52C paragraph 29 (2)) has been almost wholly ignored. We were supplied with print outs and handed down transcripts of authorities that have been reported in the official law reports (e.g. Bristol & West BS v Mothew  Ch 1; A-G v Blake  1 AC 280; Stein v Blake (No 2)  1 All ER 724). Unreported cases were cited for propositions that could be found in reported ones. The whole of my gargantuan judgment in Ultraframe (UK) Ltd v Fielding (which runs to 494 pages) was copied, even though only a few pages were of any conceivable relevance to the issues on the appeal. Contrary to PD 52C paragraph 29 (2) many of the authorities were supplied without marking the relevant passages.