QLTS OSCE List of Important Topics (Litigation)

Caveat: I created this list for the August 2020 QLTS OSCE based on what I thought were important to know. Please don’t think this is exactly what’s going to come out on your exams. I didn’t memorise the laws word for word (you don’t need to either!), just what it generally says. It’s helpful to have the section numbers and laws off the top of your head, particularly for Part One of OSCE. Note also that there may be updates on the topics, so do make sure to double check!

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Civil Litigation

  • Procedure and jurisdiction (High Court, County Court, Small Claims Track, Fast Track, Multi Track)
  • Test to set aside Default Judgment (Civil Procedure Rules [CPR] 13.3)
  • Grounds for Summary Judgment (CPR 24.2)
  • 3-stage test – Relief from Sanctions
    • Denton v. TH White Ltd.
    • CPR 3.9(1)
  • Overriding Objective (CPR 1.1 and 3.1(m))
  • Interim Payment (CPR 25.7(1))
    • 5 Grounds
    • How much can be awarded (Jordan v. Geason)
  • Disclosure
    • Specific Disclosure (Practice Direction 31.5.5(1)(b))
    • Pre-action Disclosure (Herbert Black & Others v. Sumitomo Group)
    • Legal Advice Privilege
  • Security for Costs (CPR 25.13 and Bestford Developments LLP Case [2017])
  • Types of Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms
  • Part 36 Consequences
    • If Claimant offers
    • If Defendant offers
    • Qualified One Way Costs Shifting for Personal Injury Cases (Loss of QOCS Protection – CPR 44.15)
  • Calderbank offer
  • Expert Witness (CPR 35)
  • Balance of Probabilities
  • Claim for Injuries/ Loss in RTAs
  • Pre-Action Protocol for low value personal injury (Employers’ Liability and Public Liability) Claims Protocol
  • Pre-Action protocol for debt claims
  • Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998
  • Claims by Minor (CPR Parts 21 and 8)
  • Interim Injunction Test
    • Senior Courts Act 1981, s. 37
    • American Cyanamid Guidelines (American Cyanamid Co. v. Ethicon Ltd)
    • Without Notice Injunction
    • Notice (Form N16)
    • Cross-Undertaking
  • Freezing Injunction
    • CPR 25.1(1)(f)
    • Senior Courts Act 1981, s. 37
    • American Cyanamid Co v. Ethicon Ltd
    • Rosen v. Rosen
  • Grounds to Strike Out a Claim (CPR 3.4 and 23)
  • Formalities of Statement of Defence
  • Application for Further Information
  • Service of Claim on a Company
  • Neighbour Test (Donoghue v. Stevenson)
  • Enforcement of Judgment (Judgments Act 1838)
  • Costs (CPR 44.4)

Criminal Litigation

  • Bail
    • Bail Act [BA] 1976, s. 4
    • BA 1976, Schedule 1, Part 1
    • BA 1976, Schedule 1, Part 9
    • Bail Conditions (BA 1976, s. 3)
    • Purpose of Conditions (BA 1976, s. 8)
  • Detention without Charge (Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 [PACE], ss. 41-44)
  • Allocation Hearing for Either-Way Offence (Magistrates’ Court Act 1980, s. 19)
  • Procedure for Either-Way Offence
  • Summary Procedure
  • Procedure for Indictment
  • No Case to Answer Test (R v. Galbraith)
  • Plea in Mitigation
  • Custody Threshold Test (Criminal Justice Act 2003, s. 152(2))
  • R v. Goodyear
  • Newton Hearing
  • Self-defence
  • Child Witness
  • Magistrates’ Court Act 1980, s. 108
  • Totality Principle
  • Admissibility of confession (PACE 1984, ss. 75 and 76)
  • Legal Aid
  • Res Gestae
  • Hearsay
  • Hostile Witness
  • Reduction of sentence on a guilty plea
  • Identification procedure
  • Turnbull Guidelines
  • Options in the event of a police interview