Civil Justice Council consultation on changes to pre-action protocols – problematic aspects for commercial litigation

In November 2021, the Civil Justice Council (CJC) published an Interim Report considering what role pre-action protocols (PAPs) should play in the civil justice system and inviting views on a range of possible reforms to the existing pre-action regime. The interim report describes the proposed changes as “evolutionary rather than revolutionary”. However, if the proposed … Read more

Moving away from “one-size fits all” approach to pre-action conduct

One of Lord Justice Jackson’s recommendations was that the practice direction on pre-action conduct (PDPAC) should be substantially repealed and replaced by a more general obligation to engage in appropriate pre-action correspondence and exchange of information, with costs sanctions used to curb unreasonable behaviour. This recommendation has been taken forward by the Civil Justice Council, which … Read more

Webinar alert: pre-action strategy

On Tuesday 29 May (12:45 to 1:45 UK time) John Ogilvie, Matthew Bonye and Alex Oddy will present a live audio webinar on pre-action strategy. The session will explore strategic considerations before proceedings are commenced, including: Immediate points to consider when a dispute arises; Pre-action protocols; Pre-action disclosure; Negotiation and ADR.   Read more

Webinar alert – Conducting litigation from the client’s perspective: top tips from the Advocacy Unit

On Wednesday 21 March (12:45 to 1:45 UK time) Murray Rosen QC, David Phillips and Pamela Kiesselbach will present a live audio webinar which will provide a practical overview providing tips for clients and in-house counsel on how to approach and conduct litigation, looking at what can be done during the various stages of a dispute (starting from pre-action through … Read more

Claimant entitled to costs where Part 36 offer accepted pre-action

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that where a Part 36 offer is made and accepted pre-action, so that no proceedings are issued, the claimant is entitled to its costs under CPR 36.10: Solomon v Cromwell Group Plc [2011] EWCA Civ 1584. In so finding the court approved the decision of the Deputy High Court Judge (John … Read more