A High Court judge struck out a 50-page defence as it “bears no resemblance to a professionally prepared statement of case”. Drafted by a solicitor, it began with a 3-page list of contents, followed by an 8-page summary. It ended with a 3-page index. This was the defendant’s second attempt to respond to a 17-page claim, after her first defence was rejected as too long.

The defendant was given a third chance to get it right. The judge set a 25-page limit, in at least 11-point font and 1.5 line spacing. That just leaves the margins and choice of font for the defendant to play with, if she still wants to present her case as difficult and annoying.

Brown v AB [2018] EWHC 623 (QB), 21 March 2018

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