The new edition of the White Book publishes when the United Kingdom is in the process of exiting the European Union. It remains unclear what the exact effect of this will be for the Civil Procedure Rules and related legislation. The nature of any changes will depend on the nature and content of any Free Trade Agreement that the United Kingdom and European Union may enter into during the course of 2020. Whatever the exact terms of any such an agreement amendments to the CPR are anticipated. Should there be no such agreement by 31 December, a number of statutory instruments are expected to come into force on that date, which will affect Pts 5, 6, 12, 13, 25, 30, 31, 34, 74, 78 and their Practice Directions: see the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 and CPR PD Update 107. The White Book will cover any changes by way of supplements published as soon as possible after they are announced as part of the service. The supplements will be available in print, on Proview (both standalone and consolidated) and White Book on Westlaw (consolidated). Where amendments are anticipated at the time of writing, they are indicated in the relevant commentary to the CPR in the main volumes.
The 2020 Edition of the White Book covers the following updates to commentary, new case law, the Civil Procedure Rules, Practice Directions and court guides.
The 2020 edition of the White Book includes all recent CPR Updates including the Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2020 (SI 2020/82) and associated Practice Direction Updates, and includes amendments made by the 110th to 115th Updates and recent changes to the Pre-Action Protocols.
The Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2020 (SI 2020/82) come into force generally on 6 April and make amendments to CPR Parts 12, 52, 53, 54 and 73; the 113th Update makes changes to Practice Directions 2B, 2E, 7E, 16, 22, 32, 44, 51O, 51R, (51T is omitted), 52A, 52D, and the Practice Direction on Proceedings Under Enactments relating to Equality. The 114th PD Update amends the PD51R Online Civil Money Claims (OCMC) Pilot in a number of important respects and the 115th PD Update recommences the Video Hearings Pilot Scheme (PD51V).
The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2019 (SI 2019/1118) came into force on 1 October 2019 and was supplemented by the 109th Update:
The 110th Update, effective from 7 October 2019, made the following changes to PD 47 (Procedure for Detailed Assessment of Costs & Default Provisions) and PD 510 (Electronic Working Pilot Scheme):
The 111th and 112th PD Update amended PD51R (Online Civil Money Claims Pilot) and PD 51S (County Court Online Pilot), effective from 9 September 2019 and 28 November 2019 respectively. The changes to PD51R include:
Amendments have been made to two Pre-Action Protocols, in force from 13 January 2020:
Additional new content of note includes:
The White Book will take account of all future CPR Updates and Civil Procedure SIs as and when they are published in either the Main Work or Supplements as required.>
Commentary has been extensively revised for some Parts, either in order to clarify the commentary in respect of new case law, to shorten commentary where historical material is no longer useful or older case summaries can be excised, to reorder material to make it more easily navigable, and some content relocated where practical:
CPR 3 (The Court's Case & Costs Management Powers)Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset v Gray  EWCA Civ 1675 Lomax v Lomax  EWCA Civ 1467 Asturion Fondation v Alibrahim  EWCA Civ 32
CPR 5 (Court Documents)Cape Intermediate Holdings Ltd v Dring (Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK)  UKSC 38,  3 W.L.R. 429
CPR 6 (Service of Documents)Lonestar Communications Corp LLC v Kaye and others  EWHC 3008 Alexander Gorbachev v Andrey Grigoryevich Guriev  EWHC 2684 Kaefer Aislamientos SA de CV v Atlas Drilling Mexico SA de CV  EWCA Civ 10;  1 W.L.R. 3514 Al Jaber v Al Ibrahim  EWCA Civ 1690;  1 W.L.R. 885 Lungowe v Vedanta Resources Plc UKSC 20;  2 W.L.R. 1051 Conversant Wireless Licensing SARL v Huawei Technologies Co Ltd  EWCA Civ 38  EWCA Civ 38 Euroeco Fuels (Poland) Ltd v Szczecin and Swinoujscie Seaports Authority SA  EWCA Civ 1932 Cameron v Liverpool Victoria Insurance Co Ltd  UKSC 6 Canada Goose UK Retail Ltd v Persons Unknown (Rev 1)  EWHC 2459 (QB)
CPR 8 (Alternative Procedure for Claims)Cathay Pacific Airlines Ltd v Lufthansa Technik AG  EWHC 484
CPR 12 (Default Judgment)Bourne v Nejad  EWHC 2605
CPR 15 (Defence & Reply)Kember v (1) Croydon Health Services NHS Trust (2) King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust  EWHC 2297
CPR 17 (Amendments to Statements of Case)Kennedy v Frankel  EWHC 106
CPR 19 (Parties & Group Litigation)Cuadrilla Bowland Lts v Lawrie EWCA Civ 9
CPR 31 (Disclosure & Inspection of Documents)Addlesee v Dentons Europe LLP  EWCA Civ 1600 SL Claimants v Tesco Plc  EWHC 3315 (Ch) Property Alliance Group Limited v The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc  EWHC 3272 (Ch) The Civil Aviation Authority v R on the application of Jet2.com Ltd  Civ 35 Michael Curless v Shell International Limited  EWCA Civ 1710
CPR 32 (Evidence)Mustard v Flower  EWHC 2623 Otuo v Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Britain  EWHC 346 Morley (t/a Morley Estates) v Royal Bank of Scotland Plc  EWHC 2865 Various Claimants v News Group Newspapers  EWHC 1969
CPR 36 (Offers to Settle)Ho v Adelekun  EWCA Civ 1988 King v City of London Corp.  EWCA Civ 2266 Global Assets Advisory Services Ltd v Grandlane Developments Ltd  EWCA Civ 1764;  Costs L.R. 1597 (CA) Price v Saundry  EWCA Civ 2261, 18 December 2019, unrep.. MR v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis  EWHC 1970 (QB);  Costs L.R. 1441
CPR 44 (General Rules about Costs)Global Assets Advisory Services Ltd v Grandlane Developments Ltd  EWCA Civ 1764 Brown v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis  EWCA Civ 1724 Wickes Building Supplies Ltd v Blair (No.2: Costs)  EWCA Civ 17
CPR 45 (Fixed Costs)Aldred v Cham  EWCA Civ 1780
CPR 46 (Costs ‐ Special Cases)Travelers Insurance Company Ltd v XYZ  UKSC 48 Kazakhstan Kagazy plc v Zhunus  EWHC 2630
CPR 51 (Transitional Arrangements & Pilot SchemesA v B  10 WLUK 65
CPR 52 (Appeals)Re O (Committal: Legal Representation)  EWCA Civ 1721 Lakatamia v SU  EWCA Civ 1626 Wickes Building Suppliers Ltd v Blair (No. 2 Costs)  EWCA Civ 17
CPR 54 (Judicial Review & Statutory Review)R (Miller) v Prime Minister (Lord Advocate and others intervening): Cherry and others v Lord Advocate and others  UKSC 41;  3 W.L.R. 589
CPR 70 (General Rules About Enforcement of Judgments & Orders)W Nagel v Pluczenik Diamond Co NV  EWHC 3126
CPR 81 (Applications & Proceedings in Relation to Contempt of Court)Liverpool Victoria Insurance Company Ltd v Zafar  EWCA Civ 392 Jet 2 Holidays Ltd v Hughes  EWCA Civ 1858 Hughes Jarvis Ltd v Searle  EWCA Civ 1 Sellers v Podstreshnyy  EWCA Civ 613
Volume 2 Section 3E (Insolvency Proceedings)Re Skeggs Beef Ltd and S J Henderson & Co Ltd: Re Triumph Furniture Ltd  EWHC 2607
Volume 2, Section 15 (Interim Remedies)Forse v Secama  EWCA Civ 215 Vneshprombank LLC v Bedzhamov  EWCA Civ 1992 Cuadrilla Bowland Lts v Lawrie EWCA Civ 9
The sixth edition of Costs & Funding following the Civil Justice Reforms: Questions & Answers publishes with the White Book 2020. Depending on which format of the White Book 2020 you choose, your free copy will be delivered in the same format: it will be published in print, as an eBook using the award-winning ProView™ app, and online with the White Book on Westlaw.