I have extensive experience in all areas of family law and I deal with a large number of business and clients. Among the areas of work I focus on are: divorce, financial matters, injunctions, children under private law, issues of cohabitation and pre-marital agreements. My specialty is to have disputes together. I am also a member of the Law Society Family Law Panel and the Family Law Advanced Panel, which deals with violence in budgetary and financial procedures. I just want to say a big thank you for everything, and to believe in me, I wouldn`t be where I am now, without your help.  There is a genuine attempt at an out-of-court settlement of the case, such as an offer of an amount to be settled. It is not enough to speak only of the merits of the case and to say only the words “without prejudice”, because in this scenario it is likely that the protection would not apply. “Without Prejudice” or “WP” is a term that is best known to the trial lawyer, but is also often used by non-controversial lawyers and lay people. It is often abused and seems to create a degree of mysticism and confusion.
This guide aims to clarify the meaning and effect of the term “unprejudiced” as to when it should be used and the circumstances in which the protection it grants does not apply. If you want to help write a non-prejudiced letter, take a look at our prejudice-free letter templates and examples – as I said before – that you can customize and use as you want to create your own letter. Finally, without exception, I can count on the fact that I spit on the gospels on the latest fitness fad that I started to follow, just to abandon it about two weeks later… In all conversations or meetings, if any, it is best to mention this from the outset – see also the next section on this subject – and ask the other party to confirm that they accept that the communication is without prejudice. The general rules for the use and misuse of “unprejudiced” and “contractual” securities are well defined. However, in recent cases, it is clear that these titles do not offer “magic protection” from legal consequences regardless of the circumstances. A big thank you to James Johnson at the Smith Partnership and the support of Alexandra Bullmore who guides me in my transaction contract. Even if the communication is not explicitly referred to as “unprejudiced”, protection is not lost as long as the negotiations are really aimed at a settlement. The prior letters of appeal sent by the defendant`s insurers were considered part of compromise negotiations and were therefore protected, even if they were not conducted “without prejudice.” Suppose A, B and C are all parties to the same dispute, A being the plaintiff and B and C co-accused. If A settles the accounts with B, but pursues the action against C, can the unprejudiced communications that lead to the A and B comparison be relied upon as evidence in the ongoing disputes between A and C? The answer lies in the judgment of rush`s House of Lords – Tompkins -v- GLC17. Rush – Tompkins (a construction contractor company) was involved in a dispute with GLC and a second defendant and eventually reached an agreement with the GLC through unprejudiced negotiations. The House of Lords found that the contents of these negotiations could not be disclosed to the second defendant.
Sticking differently would prevent parties from attempting a genuine solution in the multi-party dispute.