A Guide to Without Prejudice Discussions

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Course Overview

Ideal for those new to the area of civil litigation or for practitioners seeking some pointers on how to handle without prejudice discussions more effectively in practice, this course will firstly outline what the without prejudice rule is and its key aspects.

During this session barrister and experienced lecturer Alastair Hodge will impart details of some of the lessons which he has learnt over a 20-year plus career and will offer guidance, not only in terms of the pitfalls which without prejudice discussions can present, but on how to navigate such minefields effectively.

This session will discuss when the without prejudice rule applies, plus the extent, waivers and exceptions to the rule.

Viewers will also receive guidance on the issues to be aware of in respect of labelling, particularly when handling without prejudice except as to costs cases.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the slides and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will have a greater understanding of how to achieve the best outcome when conducting without prejudice discussions

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for practitioners of all levels



About Instructor - Alastair Hodge

Alastair is a practising barrister at 5 Essex Court who specialises in all aspects of Employment & Education Law. Called in 1997, Alastair is also a Senior Advocacy Trainer for the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and has spent many years teaching students, pupils, junior practitioners and QC's the art of advocacy, both nationally and internationally. In 2014 he was appointed a Master of the Bench and in 2016 was appointed an Honorary Professor at Nottingham Law School. He is also an experienced after dinner speaker, comedian and mimic, and is renowned for his entertaining presentational style.

Course Curriculum


  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Slides
    15 Page


  • Quiz