1. MARION ROBERTS (as personal representative of the estate of Jane Rosalyn Jones Deceased)
2. JAMES GERARD JONES (as reserved personal representative and beneficiary of the estate of Jane Rosalyn Jones Deceased)
This hearing was an appeal from a decision of His Honr Judge Philip in which that judge found that an earlier hearing in the matter had not been a case management conference (CMC) and that therefore the respondent defendants were under no obligation to file and serve a costs budget seven days in advance of it. The claimant had contended that the earlier hearing had been a CMC and renewed that submission in the current hearing. The claimant’s submissions raised general issues as to whether the first hearing in a Part 8 claim, alternatively the first directions hearing, in such a claim was necessarily a CMC.