Admissions—pre-action
Admissions—pre-action

The following Dispute Resolution guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Admissions—pre-action
  • Categories of pre-action admissions
  • When does CPR 14 apply?
  • What happens when CPR 14 does not apply?
  • Withdrawal of pre-action admissions

This Practice Note deals with admissions prior to the issue of the claim form. For information on admissions after issue of the claim, see Practice Note: Admissions.

Categories of pre-action admissions

Pre-action admissions fall into two categories:

  1. admissions made in proceedings to which the personal injury, clinical disputes or disease and illness claims pre-action protocols apply—CPR 14 applies

  2. admissions made in all other claims—there are no applicable CPR provisions

When does CPR 14 apply?

CPR 14.1A was introduced to cover pre-action admissions made in claims where personal injury, clinical disputes and disease and illness claim pre-action protocols apply. CPR 14.1B was introduced to cover admissions made under the Pre-action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents or the Pre-action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury (Employers' Liability and Public Liability) Claims. For further information, see Practice Note: Pre-action admissions under CPR 14 in personal injury cases.

What happens when CPR 14 does not apply?

There are no clear guidelines as to when or how pre-action admissions that do not fall within CPR 14 should be made. Based on ge