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Costs judge finds information from mediation is admissible when considering costs consequences of settlement

A costs judge has held that information about a party's costs provided for the purposes of a mediation could be used as evidence when considering the cost consequences of a subsequent settlement: Savings Advice Limited v EDF Energy Customers Ltd … Continue reading

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Two High Court decisions illustrate broad application of without prejudice protection

In two recent cases, the courts have rejected attempts to introduce evidence of without prejudice (WP) communications. The decisions emphasise the important public policy role of the WP rule in encouraging settlement by ensuring parties can negotiate freely, without fear … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal finds settlement offer not subject to “without prejudice” protection as it amounted to an unambiguously improper threat

The Court of Appeal has recently considered the rarely invoked "unambiguous impropriety" exception to without prejudice ("WP") privilege: Ferster v Ferster [2016] EWCA Civ 717. Upholding the decision of Rose J at first instance, the Court of Appeal found that … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal decision endorses broad view of without prejudice protection

The Court of Appeal has held that discussions between a defendant's solicitor and a claimant litigant in person were or ought to have been seen by both parties as "negotiations genuinely aimed at settlement" and therefore protected by the without prejudice rule. In doing … Continue reading

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Important High Court decision on waiver of privilege and without prejudice protection

In a decision earlier this week, the High Court held that a defendant bank had waived both legal professional privilege and without prejudice protection in communications with regulators, because of the bank’s reliance on the subsequent regulatory decisions: Property Alliance … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal explores ambit of the without prejudice rule

The Court of Appeal has recently held that certain correspondence marked “without prejudice” was admissible in evidence despite this label, because there was no dispute between the parties at the time of the correspondence and the parties had not agreed … Continue reading

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“Opening shot” protected by without prejudice privilege

The High Court has held that a draft Complaint in New York proceedings sent to the other party marked as a “preliminary draft” and “for settlement purposes only” was protected by without prejudice privilege in proceedings before the English court … Continue reading

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Reliance on term of “without prejudice” offer waived privilege in rest of offer

In considering costs issues following judgment in a complex patent action, the High Court had to determine whether it was appropriate for the court to be shown a Part 36 offer that had been made in relation to the current action as well as a … Continue reading

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Supreme Court confirms new exception to the ‘without prejudice’ rule

In its judgment handed down on 27 October 2010 in Oceanbulk Trading & Shipping SA v TMT Asia [2010] UKSC 44, the Supreme Court added a new exception to the ‘without prejudice’ rule. It held that facts communicated between parties … Continue reading

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Without prejudice: extent of unambiguous impropriety exception clarified

In Williams v Hull [2009] EWHC 2844 (Ch) Arnold J upheld the ‘without prejudice’ status of a letter, deciding also that the ‘unambiguous impropriety’ exception did not apply notwithstanding a serious risk of perjury. Key points arising from the decision include: … Continue reading

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