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The fundamental aim of the Woolf reforms was to make the dispute resolution process quicker and cheaper. According to the results of Legal Week’s dispute resolution survey, they have been half successful.Asked to rank whether costs had increased or decreased since the introduction of civil procedure rules (CPR), on a scale of one to five (one being a substantial decrease, three being no change, etc), respondents, which ranged from magic circle practices to regional firms to niche practices, came up with an average score of 3.21. This would suggest that the overall cost of dispute resolution has remained largely static, or even slightly increased.

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