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Service of a claim form by Facebook.

March 20, 2012

AKO Capital LLP & Another v TFS Derivatives & Others

In this case the High Court allowed a claim form to be served by Facebook. The Claimants had problems serving one of the Defendants.

They applied to the court to serve him by his Facebook account. Under CPR rule 6.15 the court is able to authorise an alternative method of service if it considers there is a good reason for doing so.

  • ‘(1) Where it appears to the court that there is a good reason to authorise service by a method or at a place not otherwise permitted by this Part, the court may make an order permitting service by an alternative method or at an alternative place.’

You will still need to show other more traditional methods have been exhausted but the courts once again are showing how they are adapting to the new technologies