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Guide to the Litigation Process


When litigation claims are made to Courts in England & Wales, there are various predictable stages that they go through before the trial. These steps are designed to draw out the facts and issues in a logical way and to make sure that if cases do get to trial, the judge can be provided with everything needed to reach a decision. To claimants involved in the litigation process, it can sometimes seem like no progress is being made as the legal teams work their way through the process. This overview is intended as a guide to explain what these stages are, what happens and how long they should take.

Litigation stages

  1. Investigation
  2. Pre action correspondence (Protocol)
  3. Claim
  4. Defence
  5. Case Management Conference
  6. Disclosure
  7. Witness statements
  8. Expert reports
  9. Pre trial review
  10. Trial
  11. Judgment
  12. Enforcement
  13. Distribution
  14. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  15. Settlement