You have to Laugh

In the middle of a distressingly dry judgment today in the Court of Appeal  in the case of Sillitoe v Jacuzzi (all about when interest runs on costs)  Lord Neuberger said:

‘Judgment’ is only used once in CPR 40.8(1), whereas it is used three times in article 2(1) of the 1991 Order, but that does not help the defendant (as the Bellman’s instruction that ‘what I tell you three times is true’ rarely assists on issues of interpretation).

You don’t get The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll cited as an aid to interpreting legislation often enough these days, more’s the pity. Well done, My Lord!


Author: Coventry Man

A perspective from a litigation lawyer in the Midlands. After many years in Coventry I am now with David Lee Solicitors in Kenilworth, helping people with all sorts of litigation, especially property and landlord & tenant problems.

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