Independent valuer has provided property valuation report. Court directions stipulate specific date by which written questions are to be put to the valuer, however Family procedure rules 25.10 stipulate written questions are to be put within 10 days of receiving the report. This gives two different dates, which date takes priority?
Is the date given by the court order more generous?
I would suggest that the court order made in the specific case would carry more weight than the Practice Directions. Having said that, there is a degree of flexibility in family court deadlines providing that flexibility does not mean an upcoming hearing is jeopardised.
The report was received on 7th, under FP rules I have 10 days (17th, Monday) to put questions but the court directions give me until 20th (Thursday) to put questions. I’ve not quite finished my research and questions, so I may not make 10 day deadline within FP rules, but I will make court directions deadline. The FH is in November so that won’t be affected.