The high court has refused an application to render valid a claim form submitted late after a trainee failed to attach the form to an email. The supervising solicitor said the issue ‘simply slipped through the net’ while she was on annual leave because of disrupted working arrangements due to lockdown. 

Ashfords LLP, acting for claimant, Boxwood Leisure Limited, in a claim worth over £683,000, had already been granted an extension to lodge the form in April 2020 due to difficulties caused by the pandemic. The period of service was extended to 10 September 2020. 

A trainee prepared an email to the defendant, Gleeson Construction Services Limited (Gleeson), on 8 September 2020, attaching the particul...

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