The following Dispute Resolution Q&A Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
It is open to parties to compromise a dispute in litigation, and reach a settlement. It will often be the case that such an agreement will form a consent order, which will then be a binding order made by the court. Alternatively, the case can be settled by way of a Tomlin order, which provides for a general stay of proceedings save for the purposes of enforcing the agreed terms of a schedule to that order. The benefit of a Tomlin order is that the schedule can contain provisions that a court would not otherwise be able to order. The court does not have any role in approving the terms of a Tomlin schedule.
Alternatively, the parties can enter into a settlement agreement which takes the form of a contract and is enforceable as such. Such an agreement could, for example, provide that the lan
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