I wondered if anyone is familiar with these? They can be viewed at
http://www.dca.gov.uk/civil/procrules_f ... otocol.htm
Paragraphs 4 onwards are relevant to debt cases (esp. 4.2d). It seems to me that these may provide a lever for negotiation with any creditor who wants to take a debtor to court just for the sake of getting a judgement. The implication is that the court would expect a process of negotiation to have gone on, and if a reasonable offer had been made by the debtor, acting in goodwill, the creditor could have their knuckles rapped. A properly constituted I&E statement prepared by a company like PP or CCCS and leading to offers accepted by most creditors could be quite a strong argument against litigation by one other creditor. I may have this wrong however.
Any legal eagles out there?