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Lord WoolfThe effect of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) on the early stages of litigation and case management are well known. The requirement to adhere to pre-action protocols with the need for earlier, fuller preparation of cases has contributed to a reduction in the number of cases commenced and has promoted an increase in the early settlement of those that are started. The ‘disadvantage’ of greater costs being incurred in the preparation of a case at the outset is more than outweighed by the ‘benefit’ of early resolution.

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