chapter  4
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This statement was made in the context of his proposals for pre-action protocols and it could be argued that pre-action protocols epitomise, more than any other aspect of the new rules, Lord Woolf’s approach to reforming our civil justice system, since the main purpose of a pre-action protocol is to facilitate the settlement of a dispute without litigation. Along with this, Lord Woolf emphasised that the quality and timing of a settlement are also important, not just the fact that a settlement has been made.2