Settlement offers under Part 36 of the Civil Procedure Rules

Part 36 of the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 (the 'CPR') is a self-contained procedural code that encourages parties to settle disputes being litigated (or about to the litigated) in the English courts. It does this by modifying the normal costs rules in significant and predictable ways to give parties a strong incentive both to make and to accept reasonable settlement offers.

This note explains briefly how Part 36 works including what constitutes a valid 'Part 36 Offer' and what the effects of making one are on the sums that change hands at the end of a dispute.

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