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The fact that there has been no judgment does not preclude the bringing of a contribution claim per se; as confirmed in the following Practice Notes:
Contribution claims under Civil Liability (Contribution) Act 1978
Making an additional claim under CPR 20—claims for a contribution, indemnity or other remedy
and the extract from Atkins Court Forms in the related content section.
You can base a contribution claim upon a settlement only (including a Part 36 settlement), see in particular the dicta of Jackson LJ in Hampshire Constabulary at para .
The decision in Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary v Southampton City Council  EWCA Civ 1541 does not preclude bringing a contribution claim based on a settlement (including a Part 36
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