LiP sanctioned for revealing ‘without prejudice’ offer in court – Litigation Futures

‘A litigant in person (LiP) who disclosed a ‘without prejudice’ offer during trial had been warned not to and the judge was right to sanction him, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th November 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Confidentiality, Costs and Mediation – Garden Court Chambers

‘That mediation proceedings are confidential is taken as axiomatic. What is said and done in the course of a mediation remains there. The same goes for documents of whatever kind, and their contents, created for the purposes of the mediation. In the above case Master Howarth appears to have qualified these propositions to some extent.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 31st January 2017

Source: www.gardencourtmediation.co.uk

Negotiating in the Shadow of the Court: Mediation in parallel with litigation – Family Law Week

‘Madeleine Reardon, barrister of 1 King’s Bench Walk, considers the role of mediation in the course of family proceedings, practical issues arising therefrom and, in particular, confidentiality of the mediation process.’

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Family Law Week, 27th October 2016

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

High Court: part 36 offer meant party could not accept earlier ‘without prejudice’ offer – Litigation Futures

‘The High Court has ruled that a claimant’s part 36 offer was a counter-offer, meaning that an earlier common law offer by the defendants no longer remained open for acceptance.’

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Litigation futures, 15th July 2016

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

DB UK Bank Ltd (trading as DB Mortgages) v Jacobs Solicitors – WLR Daily

DB UK Bank Ltd (trading as DB Mortgages) v Jacobs Solicitors [2016 [EWHC] 1614 (Ch)

‘The claimant bank brought a claim for professional negligence against the defendant firm of solicitors. The claimant’s solicitors sent a letter to the defendant’s solicitors stating that they were accepting the defendant’s offer to settle contained in a “ without prejudice save as to costs” letter (“WPSAC letter”) and enclosing a draft Tomlin order. A series of without prejudice letters and conversations followed. The defendant’s solicitors wrote reiterating the terms of their offer of settlement. Subsequently, the claimant’s solicitors sent a without prejudice letter containing a CPR Pt 36 offer. The parties differed as to the effect of the claimant’s Part 36 offer on the defendant’s WPSAC letter. The defendant contended that the claimant’s Part 36 offer was a counteroffer and, in law, had the effect of rejecting its WPSAC letter so that thereafter, it was not open for acceptance.’

WLR Daily, 4th July 2016

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Without prejudice privilege – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The ‘without prejudice’ privilege refers to the inadmissibility of any party communications targeted toward settlement. The objective of this privilege is to encourage parties engaging in settlement consideration, by ensuring any information disclosed in the pursuit of settlement cannot be submitted in litigation proceedings (see Lord Griffiths in Rush & Tomkins v GLC [1989] 1 AC 1280).’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th February 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Court of Appeal : LiPs can benefit from ‘without prejudice’ rule without knowing what it means – Litigation Futures

‘Litigants in person (LiPs) can benefit from the ‘without prejudice’ rule even if they do not know what it means, the Court of Appeal has made clear.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th January 2016

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Avonwick Holdings Ltd v Webinvest Ltd and another – WLR Daily

Avonwick Holdings Ltd v Webinvest Ltd and another: [2014] EWHC 3322 (Ch); [2014] WLR (D) 424

‘Communications made at a time when there was no dispute could not, with retrospective effect, be made subject to the without prejudice privilege by subsequently rasing a dispute.

WLR Daily, 10th October 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Without prejudice communications – 11 Stone Buildings

“When a litigator enters into settlement discussions, the general rule is that the content of those communications are protected by the Without Prejudice Rule and cannot be relied upon as evidence in court if the case doesn’t settle. This rule, however, does not constitute a blanket ban. In this note James Barnard reminds us of the Without Prejudice Rule framework, its recognised exceptions and how the Supreme Court case of Oceanbulk Shipping & Trading SA v TMT Asia Ltd [2010] UKSA 44 created another wide-ranging exception.”

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11 Stone Buildings, February 2013

Source: www.11sb.com

Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd v Jet Airways (India) Ltd and others; Zodiac Seats UK Ltd and another v Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd; Premium Aircraft Interiors UK Ltd v Comptroller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks and another – WLR Daily

Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd v Jet Airways (India) Ltd and others; Zodiac Seats UK Ltd and another v Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd; Premium Aircraft Interiors UK Ltd v Comptroller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks and another [2012] EWHC 3318 (Pat); [2012] WLR (D) 349

“A party that referred the court to a term of an offer made by it pursuant to CPR Pt 36 waived its without prejudice privilege and could not prevent the remaining terms of the offer from being referred to the court.”

WLR Daily, 23rd November 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Best Buy Co Inc and another v Worldwide Sales Corporation Espaňa SL – WLR Daily

Best Buy Co Inc and another v Worldwide Sales Corporation Espaňa SL [2011] EWCA Civ 618; [2011] WLR (D) 173

“A person threatened another with proceedings for infringement of a registered trade mark within section 21 of the Trade Marks Act 1994 if he stated or implied that he would bring a claim if the other did not agree to the terms he proposed. The test to be applied was whether a reasonable recipient would understand the statements made to indicate nor merely an assertion of legal rights but an intention to enforce those rights.”

WLR Daily, 24th May 2011

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Oceanbulk Shipping and Trading SA v TMT Asia Ltd and others – WLR daily

Posted October 29th, 2010 in evidence, law reports, privilege, without prejudice communications by sally

Oceanbulk Shipping and Trading SA v TMT Asia Ltd and others  [2010] UKSC 44; [2010] WLR(D) 270 

“Facts communicated between parties in the course of ‘without prejudice’ negotiations which, but for the ‘without prejudice’ rule, would be admissible as part of the factual matrix or surrounding circumstances as an aid to construction of the resulting agreement, were admissible in evidence, as an exception to the rule, in a subsequent dispute between the parties as to the proper meaning of a clause in the agreement.”

WLR Daily, 29th October 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Oceanbulk Shipping and Trading SA v TMT Asia Ltd and others – WLR Daily

Posted February 17th, 2010 in evidence, law reports, privilege, without prejudice communications by sally

Oceanbulk Shipping and Trading SA v TMT Asia Ltd and others [2010] EWCA Civ 79; [2010] WLR (D) 40

“There was not, and need not be, an exception to the ‘without prejudice’ rule such as to permit evidence of ‘without prejudice’ communications and discussions to be given if there was a dispute about the interpretation of a written settlement agreement.”

WLR Daily, 16th February 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Regina v K (Matrimonial proceedings: Privilege against self-incrimination) – Times Law Report

Regina v K (Matrimonial proceedings: Privilege against self-incrimination)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“While information disclosed under compulsion in matrimonial ancillary relief proceedings was not admissible in criminal proceedings, admissions made in withoutprejudice negotiations were not inadmissible.”

The Times, 19th August 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

High Court allows evidence of ‘without prejudice’ exchanges to aid interpretation – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 12th, 2009 in interpretation, news, without prejudice communications by sally

“Evidence of negotiations that were conducted on a ‘without prejudice’ basis can be admitted in court proceedings to aid the interpretation of a settlement agreement, a High Court judge has ruled.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th August 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

R v K(A) – WLR Daily

R v K(A) [2009] EWCA Crim 1640; [2009] WLR (D) 269

“A party to ancillary relief proceedings was not entitled to invoke the privilege against self-incrimination to withhold information about his income and assets that exposed him to a risk of prosecution but since he would in those circumstances be acting under compulsion the information he provided would not be admissible against him in criminal proceedings.”

WLR Daily, 31st July 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Lords bolster protection for ‘without prejudice’ negotiations – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 1st, 2009 in news, without prejudice communications by sally

“The House of Lords has confirmed that negotiations conducted on a ‘without prejudice’ basis should not be brought up in court unless under very unusual circumstances. The Lords confirmed that there was a good public policy reason for the protection.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st April 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Ofulue v Bossert – WLR Daily

Ofulue v Bossert [2009] UKHL 16; [2009] WLR (D) 91

“An offer by a squatter to buy the property from the owners in a letter marked ‘without prejudice’ could not be used as evidence that she had acknowledged the owners’ title to the property so as to defeat her claim to adverse possession.”

WLR Daily, 12th March 2009

Source: www.lawreprots.co.uk

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Ofulue and Another v Bossert – Times Law Reports

Ofulue and Another v Bossert

House of Lords

“Where an occupier disputing possession proceedings made an offer to the owners to buy the property in a ‘without prejudice’ letter, which was rejected, but later claimed that the title of the property had passed to her because of 12 years’ adverse possession, the owners could not rely on the letter as evidence that she had acknowledged their title to the property so as to defeat her claim.”

The Times, 13th March 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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