From 6 April 2021, new legislation will give litigators greater certainty about Part 36 offers and interest, the government has announced.

The rule change, effective from 6 April, is one of a raft of amendments to the civil procedure rules published as statutory instruments.

The judiciary says that, following inconsistency in case law, the Part 36 change provides clarity, particularly for litigants in person, that an offer to settle can include accrual of interest. Where it is silent on this point, the presumption will be that the offer is inclusive of all interest.

These changes represent the 127th practice direction update.