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FAQ: Responsibility for bundle preparation where the applicant is an LiP

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The Law Society’s Practice Advice Service outlines responsibilities for preparting the court bundle where the applicant is unrepresented

I am involved in a matrimonial financial claim in which my client, the respondent, is a privately paying client. The applicant is acting as a litigant in person. In these circumstances who is responsible for preparing the hearing bundle and is there any limit on the size of the bundle?

As the respondent’s solicitor you are responsible for the preparation of the bundle in circumstances where the applicant is unrepresented. Further guidance on which party is responsible for preparation of the bundle can be found in Part 27 of the Family Procedure Rules 1991 and at paragraph 3.1 of the accompanying Practice Direction 27A. Paragraph 5.1 of the Practice Direction stipulates that the bundle must be paginated and indexed and contained in a lever arch file. In addition, the bundle must be limited to a maximum of 350 single sided sheets of A4 paper.

For further information, please see https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/family/practice_directions/pd_part_27a.

This FAQ is compiled by the Law Society’s Practice Advice Service, telephone 020 7320 5675. Comments relating to it should be sent to Mrs. Anjali Mouelhi, Solicitor Technical Lead, The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL.

While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this FAQ, it does not constitute legal advice and cannot be relied upon as such. The Law Society does not accept any responsibility for liabilities arising as a result of reliance upon the information given.

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