APIL and FOIL have agreed on a series of standard practices to assist plaintiffs and defendants injured during the interruption of the Covid 19 crisis. The agreement underlines the importance of effective communication. Other measures include the acceptance by e-mail of notifications and evidence and the authorisation to use, where appropriate, a form of videoconferencing for medical examinations. Medco has agreed that the current ban on the use of remote examinations will be lifted, but under certain conditions. Both parties will face challenges in adding to existing court instructions and schedules, but there is now case law that supports extensions of up to 56 days with consent. APIL and foil recommend that practitioners be prepared to accept renewal applications. They also request that the parties exchange, if possible, their cost budgets. “These are unprecedented times and APIL and FOIL want to ensure that business runs as smoothly as possible throughout Britain. Our members shared with us their concerns about working remotely and how they could adapt to the new way the courts work.
The accused will also have their own difficulties. Both organizations believe it is important to do everything in their power to solve these problems together,” said Gordon Dalyell, President of APIL. This is not the first time that APIL and FOIL have supported a collaborative approach, including through the Serious Injury Guide, and we ask members to consider and adopt these best practices where possible,” he added. Anthony Baker, Chairman of FOIL, said: “The Covid 19 pandemic has had a negative impact on victims, insurers, FOIL members and the plaintiffs` legal sector. However, in these challenging times, the fact that foil and APIL can work closely together to agree on a best practice guidance document is a testament to the collaborative nature of both sides of the industry. “Wherever possible, following these common guidelines will benefit everyone and I hope we can navigate these rough waters with understanding and cooperation on the front lines of what we do.” Their new agreement underlines the importance of effective communication. Other measures include the acceptance by e-mail of notifications and evidence and the authorisation to use, where appropriate, a form of videoconferencing for medical examinations. • Instructions on the FOIL website are available here: www.foil.org.uk/update/apil-and-foil-best-practice-guidance/ In order to avoid any doubt, the agreement to accept the email notification is to accept an agreement, a change in the rules only with regard to the type of delivery, all other provisions relating to delivery remaining applicable, including High Court Order 10 R1 (4) and County Court Order 6 R3 (4). . . .