New Jurisdictional Changes Affecting Trusts Disputes Coming Into Force Tomorrow

Published date03 October 2022
Subject MatterLitigation, Mediation & Arbitration, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Trials & Appeals & Compensation
Law FirmHerbert Smith Freehills
AuthorHerbert Smith Freehills

If you start a claim in England against a party in another country, you usually need the Court's permission to serve the claim on them. The court rules set out the bases on which you can apply for permission. This is the first step when serving a claim.

The Civil Procedure Rule Committee has approved a number of new jurisdiction gateways in PD 6B and amended existing gateways which are coming into force tomorrow (1 October 2022). Anna Pertoldi, a partner in our dispute resolution practice, has produced a more detailed article on these gateways here.

In respect of trusts, the new and widened gateways have amended paragraph 3.1 of PD6B. Paragraph 3.1 covers service out of the jurisdiction where permission is required pursuant to CPR 6.36. The new gateways that have been included are for:

  • breaches of trust or fiduciary duty within the jurisdiction,
  • trust and fiduciary duty claims where the legal relationship came into existence in the jurisdiction,
  • claims for declarations that no trust or fiduciary duty has arisen where if it had done so it would satisfy a gateway, and
  • claims against third parties for unlawfully causing or assisting in breaches of contract, trust, fiduciary duty or confidentiality/privacy where the relevant relationship or the breach has certain connections with the jurisdiction.

The widened gateways under paragraph 3.1 of PD6B are for constructive...

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