Drafting directions

Drafting directions

This course provides guidance for information gathering, planning and deadlines, as well as drafting techniques for producing effective directions in civil litigation matters.

Our drafting directions e-learning course includes fast track and multi-track options and cross-checking with the directions questionnaire.
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Who is it for?

Suitable for junior solicitors, trainees, paralegals, legal executives and claims handlers.

Course content

E-learning overview

This e-learning course provides guidance and tips for drafting directions in a civil litigation matter.

You can choose whether to view tips for drafting directions on the Fast Track or the Multi-Track. As you work through the course there are links to relevant sections of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR).

At the conclusion of the course you can then download a PDF with a helpful checklist.


Our e-learning course is ideal for those lawyers that work in civil litigation, personal injury or support staff that deal with court correspondence. It covers:

  • What are Directions?
    • Drafting Proposed Directions
    • Directions Orders
    • Directions Hearings
  • Drafting directions on the Fast-Track
  • Drafting directions on the Multi-Track
  • Planning before you start
  • Tips for drafting court documents
  • Reviewing, templates and proofreading
  • Final checklist


Once litigation is underway and an appropriate track (Fast or Multi) is allocated by the court, directions for the management of the case will need to be drafted and agreed by the parties.

Directions are there to ensure that all matters and deadlines relating to a case are known to all parties (Claimants and Defendants) as well as the court prior to a full court hearing.

As a result of completing the course, you will know:

  • what Directions are
  • where to find the CPR governing Directions for the different tracks
  • what information you need to gather before you start drafting
  • how to plan your draft
  • how to draft clear deadlines
  • the importance of cross checking with the Directions Questionnaire


25 minutes

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