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Pre-action protocols are just another set of legal hoops

Lord Woolf, you may remember, wanted to reduce the cost of litigation, and as such, swept away a 100 years of procedure and introduced the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR). Key cost-saving features of the CPR included a new test for pretrial disclosure of documents, the instruction by the parties of a single expert, and new stringent penalties, under Part 36, for failing to take up a good offer of settlement when one was made.

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