Another piece here on the DPS extension (which has now been extended until 31 December 2022). Certainly, it’s positive news that changes are still being made through the living pilot and indeed, that the group is listening to feedback. I wonder if they have seen the results from our recent DPS survey? More here for those who haven’t yet seen it!
It seems that they are looking at making efficiencies in the process, which is good. Sharing disclosure models at the same time as draft lists is certainly a positive step.
Overall, though, it just seems that they’re making small changes overall. The question is though, will it deal with the fundamental problems our survey highlighted around the adversarial environment with the five models. Let’s hope this will help to provide more clarity on what the models are for and as a result hopefully there will be fewer arguments about which models should be used.
The Disclosure Working Group has proposed further changes to the Disclosure Pilot operating in the Business and Property Courts of England & Wales. The Disclosure Pilot (as set out at Practice Direction 51U) commenced in 2019. It was recently confirmed that it would be extended until 31 December 2022.