11 years ago Lord Woolf’s civil procedure rules came into force. ‘What would he make of the new pre-action protocol for low value road traffic accidents?’ asks Stephen Higham, solicitor.
We needed him more than he needed us. In 1994 Lord Woolf took on the unenviable task of consolidating the civil court rules. They were governed by two separate codes, the Rules of the Supreme Court and the County Court Rules. Practitioners like me were expected to be familiar with both sets of rules, which frequently overlapped. Court appearances involved juggling volumes of heavy books, cross-referencing and arguing with opponents […]