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35. A central aim of limitation periods is to balance the interests of potential defendants, who should not be expected to have the threat of proceedings hanging over them for a lengthy or indeterminate period, with the interests of claimants, who need time to establish and prepare their cases. A range of possible permutations exist in assessing the appropriate limitation period to adopt, depending on whether the multiple publication rule is retained or a single publication rule introduced. In the light of the Commission’s recommendation the following appear to be the main options available (although an intermediate period of two years would also be possible):

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