A claimant sues a defendant in a complex matter for damages in the sum of £120,000. Each party decides, independently, that the claimant has a strong case on liability, but that the amount of the claimant’s damages might have been overstated.
Several months before the date of the trial which is listed for 3 days, the following events occur. First, the claimant serves on the defendant a Part 36 offer, in proper form, saying that the claimant will accept £100,000 in settlement of his claim. Secondly, the defendant serves on the claimant a Part 36 offer, in proper form, offering to pay the claimant £80,000 in settlement of his claim. Each of those offers is refused, and the claimant continues, to trial, the action in which he claims £120,000.
In order to clarify the issues between the parties the court orders a case management conference to take place on 3rd January 2012.
(a) State the latest date on which the court will give notice to the parties of the date of the case management conference. (1 mark)
27th December 2011 (date reflects 3 clear days not including the 2nd January 2012 which is a bank holiday)