The following Dispute Resolution guidance note Produced in partnership with Helen Swaffield of Contract Law Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
Brexit: The UK's departure from the EU on exit day ie Friday 31 January 2020 has implications for practitioners when dealing with cross border mediations. For guidance, see Cross border considerations—checklist—Settlement—Brexit specific.
This Practice Note considers when and why achieving a settlement of the dispute should form a part of the overall litigation strategy of conducting your client’s case.
For guidance on who should be involved in settlement discussions, what form the settlement should take, how it should be documented and how it can be enforced, see the further guidance in this subtopic, including Practice Notes:
Settling disputes—who, confidentiality and subject to contract
Settling disputes—settlement offers (Calderbank, WPSAC and Part 36)
Settling disputes—how to document a settlement
Settling disputes—drafting the settlement agreement
and related content.
A settlement is the result of an agreement between the parties to the disputes to compromise and/or end the litigation. It arises from an offer by one party that is accepted by the other or others.
It is different from the discontinuance of a claim using the formal court procedure under CPR 38 where a litigating party wishes to discontinue their statement of case usually with the consequence of costs against a discontinuing claimant or judgment and costs against a discontinuing defendant. For guidance on discontinuing claims, see
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