When it commenced on 1 January 2019 the Disclosure Pilot Scheme in the Business and Property Courts was initially planned to be a two-year scheme. The second extension of the Pilot until 31 December 2022 is now due to come into effect on 1 October 2021. In announcing the extension the Disclosure Working Group of the High Court also provided advance notice (at https://www.judiciary.uk/announcements/update-on-the-operation-of-the-disclosure-pilot-scheme-disclosure-pilot-july-2021/) of further changes to the Pilot. Subject to final approval by the Civil Procedure Rules Committee and the Minister, the revisions to Practice Direction 51U are expected to come into effect at some point during Autumn 2021.
You can read Nicholas Higg’s full post on our Commercial, Construction and International Arbitration Blog here.