Tony Guise considers the complications of changing Civil Procecure Rules’ Pre-Action Protocols

“Be pitiless, be ruthless; prune for fine blooms, exhibition blooms, even if you don't intend to exhibit. Never mind about the appearance of your garden, or the natural alacrity of your roses.”

Thus Vita Sackville-West wrote of pruning in her weekly gardening column for the Observer, in 1950.

The same might be said of the Civil Justice Council (CJC) exercise on a perennial feature of the civil justice landscape: pre-action protocols (PAPs). It is, if I may labour the metaphor, a root and branch examination of the purpose, place and operation of PAPs.

The PAP Consultation was published on 15 November 2021, closing on 21 January 2022.

The consultation

This Consultation is the f...

Tony Guise

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