Over the years there has been a continual trend towards greater transparency of the litigation process. Since 1999, part of this trend witnessed the introduction of pre-action protocols aimed at placing a positive obligation on parties to set out their case in detail before simply issuing court proceedings.
On 1 October 2017, a new pre-action protocol takes effect specifically aimed at debt claims (the "Protocol"). It will include a requirement for specific information about the outstanding debt to be set out in a Letter of Claim enclosing all supporting information. It also imposes an obligation on creditors to give sufficient time for a debtor to deal with the Letter. Failure to comply with the Protocol can lead to businesses being penalised if proceedings are issued prematurely.
The session will explore key themes including:
- The strict requirements of the Protocol;
- A discussion of the possible sanctions for failing to adhere to the Protocol;
- Practical tips and suggested approaches for complying with it
Thursday 28th September 2017 : Beales Hotel, Hatfield