English Court of Appeal Considers Settlement in Multiparty Disputes

4 November 2016
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Key takeaways

  • The Court of Appeal has confirmed that in multiparty disputes, a settlement between one defendant and the claimant(s) does not protect the settling defendant from contribution claims by his co-defendants.
  • Parties in multiparty disputes should take care when negotiating settlements to ensure that all parties to the dispute are included in the settlement, or at least that the risk of liabilities for contribution claims is taken into account.