A revised protocol came into force on 6 April 2007. The key changes include:

  • Paragraph 4.3.1 – This provides for a reduction from 4 months to 3 months of the maximum period of time in which the parties can agree for service of the Defendant’s
  • Letter of Response;
  • Paragraph 5.1 – This provides that the pre-action meeting should take place within 28 days of the Letter of Response rather than simply as soon as possible as originally stipulated;
  • Paragraph 5.4 – This states the parties shall be obliged to participate in some form of ADR.