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March 16, 2021

Civil Contempt: An Introduction to the Spring E-Bulletin Series

It is now over five years since Richard Shepherd of Albion Chambers was invited to re-write the LexisNexis® PSL content for civil contempt of court. Though Richard’s focus is on civil contempt, the vast majority of the principles apply to all fields, whether of a civil, crime or family leaning.

Over those five years the content has undergone many rewrites as the law has developed – it was tweaked to fit new and interesting ways that parties to civil proceedings find to put themselves in the crosshairs of courts’ displeasure.

The field is moving so quickly that LexisNexis® has also recruited Albion’s Alex West to provide expert commentary on new case law in this rapidly developing field. We’re grateful to our friends at LexisNexis® for allowing us to reproduce some of this content within these bulletins, minus LexisNexis® spangly, and very useful, interactivity. It is certainly worth signing up to the LexisNexis® PSL content for these added extras.

What’s New?

Well, everything… and nothing. The Civil Procedure Rules have been rewritten and came into force on 1 October 2020. The rules have been simplified, have been relabelled and terminology updated so the rules are fit for purpose for 21st Century litigation.

Over the past five years there have been hundreds and hundreds of judgments handed down and the pace of handing down of new judgments hasn’t slowed since the new rules were introduced.

In this series of e-bulletins Alex and Richard have selected the most cogent judgments, the neatest explanations of the law, the most useful illustrative examples, to make contempt of court more accessible and easier to apply for all practitioners.

What to Expect

Albion Chambers, in partnership with LexisNexis® will, over the coming 15 weeks, review 15 contempt ‘chapters’. Starting with the basics, the black-letter rules and what changes have been made, thereafter the e-bulletins will explore in greater detail the different flavours of contempt, and what the law requires for each. Richard and Alex will be highlighting the traps and pitfalls for the unwary, and also giving expert tips on how to get it right first time and every time. By the end of this series the practitioner will feel confident in embarking upon, or defending, contempt litigation.

You may want to create a ‘Contempt’ folder in your email inbox, to save these bulletins for future reference, so they’ll be available as and when you need them.

Publication Schedule



Publication Date


An Introduction to the Spring e-bulletin Series

16 March 2021


Legal framework

23 March 2021


Summary of changes to committal proceedings (CPR 81)

30 March 2021


Permission and Appropriate Forum

6 April 2021


Making and Serving the Application

13 April 2021


Evidence and the Hearing

20 April 2021


Discontinuance, Defects, Waiver and Strike out

27 April 2021


Contempt in the Face of the Court

4 May 2021


Interference with the Administration of Justice

11 May 2021


False Statements

18 May 2021


Non-compliance with a Court Order or Undertaking

25 May 2021


County Courts Act offences and High Court Certifications

1 June 2021


Confiscation of Assets (‘writs of sequestration’)

8 June 2021


Sentencing and Costs

15 June 2021


Appeals, Purges and Discharge

22 June 2021