The long-awaited trial between Multiplex and Mott MacDonald over the troubled construction of Wembley stadium will be heard from January 2011 and could take up to a year for a final ruling to be handed down, the High court has been told today.
The case, in which some £253 million is being claimed by Multiplex, will be split into two sub-trials in the hope that decisions made on arguments in the first could “shorten” later points to be disputed in the second.
The trial will begin in January 2011, with closing arguments to be scheduled for completion by the summer recess. The court will then have the rest of the year to hand down its judgement.
But judge Mr Justice Coulson warned the parties to “deal with [only] the nuts and bolts issues”. He said: “While I’m happy to plan my judicial career with 2011 blanked out for you, I don’t want to have to… come back in 2013 for part two.”
It is expected at least two hearings could also be held prior to this Christmas to debate further legal points, including disclosure.
Counsel for Mulitplex said both it and Mott MacDonald “should be astute to deal with this in a sensible and reasonable way”.
While comments were made over the need to try the case in a cost effective way, Mr Justice Coulson noted: “From the correspondence [I have seen] there has been considerable cooperation on either side.”