Summary Judgement

Summary Judgement

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Course Overview

Summary judgement is a procedural process used in civil litigation by which any of the parties or the court can expeditiously dispose of all or part of a case without a trial. In accordance with CPR 24.2, a summary judgement will be granted in circumstances where the claimant has no real prospect of success or there are no other compelling reason for a trial to take place e.g. when the material facts of the case are not disputed.

Aimed to avoid unnecessary trials and achieve active case management, summary judgements can also serve to simplify a trial e.g. where partial summary judgment dispenses with certain issues or claims and as such are a key tool in the arsenal of any litigator.

However, if handled incorrectly, an unsuccessful summary judgment application could result in delay and adverse costs orders against the applicant. With this in mind, it is crucial that you know how to make and defend summary judgement applications.

During this one hour webinar, experienced lecturer Gary Barker will discuss the rules which govern summary judgements and will offer practical guidance which will serve to improve the strategy and tactics employed by experienced and trainee solicitors alike. 

What are the requirements?

  • Watch 1 hour recorded webinar
  • This course provides 1 CPD point

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • Understand the rules governing summary judgements
  • Be able to determine whether summary judgement is the most appropriate course of action or whether an alternative, such as strike out, would be more suitable.
  • Have considered the hearing process and be aware of the orders which the court can make.
  • Be aware of the schedules involved when making applications for costs

What is the target audience?

  • Civil practitioners and litigators


About Instructor - Gary Barker

Gary qualified as a solicitor in 1982 and spent 20 years with two high street practices, specialising in civil litigation and personal injury work. At both firms he took on responsibility for practice development which was to see a fourfold increase in their growth.

He also took on a part-time training role, working for a number of course providers and, with the advent of the Woolf reforms, was soon presenting courses virtually full time.

From 2001 to 2004 he was Head of Practice Development at the Law Society.

Gary is now a practicing solicitor again, which he combines with being a costs consultant and a freelance trainer.

Gary is also an assistant lecturer at the Open University and an occasional contributor to legal discussions on national radio.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar


  • Price
  • £ 60