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Group claims allow a number of people to bring a claim as a single entity.

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I am very happy and satisfied with the settlement you achieved for me and the service was excellent and thank you very much

Mrs E.Swaffield
Loughborough

Participating in a group claim

When an accident or incident occurs and it affects a large number of people at the same time, this can result in Group Litigation. This type of case allows a group of people to bring their claims to Court as a single entity and is known as a ‘Group’ or ‘Class’ action.

Group Litigation Orders (GLOs) are created by the Court to allow individuals with similar complaints to join together against the wrongdoer and avoid the pitfalls associated with claiming separately, as you might do in a professional negligence claim.

Your Legal Friend has more than 30 years’ experience in the legal industry and is an expert in personal injury. We have successfully secured over £200,000,000 in compensation in the last ten years alone, including group action cases.

We have a dedicated team to deal with Group Actions and with a wealth of expertise and resources we can thoroughly research and investigate potential actions quickly. We have a strong interest in pharmaceutical Group Actions and have previously investigated fires at Sherburn-in-Elmet, Redcar and Thrunton.

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Our Financial, Property and Professional Claims team is headed by senior solicitor Claire Critchley who has over 10 years’ experience dealing with complex legal claims against a variety of professionals including surveyors, architects, estate agents and solicitors, in addition to dealing with financial disputes involving mis-sold mortgages and interest rate swaps.

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Claire also has significant past experience in representing large companies and financial institutions in a range of different legal service areas including breach of contract, debt recovery and insolvency litigation. Claire is currently leading the pursuit of a group claim in relation to a £2 million property investment case known as Enterprise House in Leicester.

Our medical negligence team is headed by Laura Morgan who has a wealth of experience in leading complicated, high value medical negligence cases.

Laura is recognised within the legal profession as a leader in the field of medical negligence and serious injury compensation.  Laura has acted in a wide range of cases over her 17 years of practice and has particular expertise in acting for children who have suffered brain injury due to mismanaged birth or surgical errors, and in managing claims that have resulted in the death of a loved one. Laura has achieved a number of large settlements including £5.4 million for a 7 year old and £4 million for an 11 year old child.

Laura’s expertise and dedication to her clients is recognised in the Chambers guide to the Legal Profession in which she was praised for the efficiency of her approach to case handling and described as “tenacious and detail-oriented”.

Laura has been a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel since 2005 and accredited as a Senior Litigator in the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) since 2006.  Laura is also a member of the specialist lawyers panel for Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the UK’s leading charity committed to patient safety and justice.

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For an informal, confidential chat with one of our specialist medical negligence solicitors, call us now on 0808 115 9269(calls free from landlines and mobiles). Or just complete the 'Start a new claim’ option on the right and we'll call you straight back.

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The effects of medical negligence can be devastating for the individual and their families, so securing appropriate compensation for them as quickly as possible is our top priority.

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Understanding what went wrong
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Reviewing relevant documents
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Obtaining an initial response to your grievance
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Sending the Letter of Claim
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The professional’s detailed response
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Issuing court proceedingsTaking a detailed statement
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Obtaining experts’ reports
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Taking a detailed statementIssuing court proceedings
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Attending your court trial
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Awarding your compensation claim

Your questions... answered

What are the advantages of group actions?

There are several strong reasons to pursue a claim as a group rather than individually:

  • A group of Claimants often have more impact if they bring their cases together. The real benefit of a group action is that Claimants have strength in numbers
  • Cases that are too low value to be run alone may be successful if they are brought together as a Group Action
  • Costs and resources in Group Actions can also be shared
  • Useful evidence from one individual case can be used in the other cases
  • A successful group litigation claim can lead to individuals receiving their compensation sooner and at less cost than might otherwise be the case

How does Group Litigation work?

Any party to what is expected to be a multi-party action in the English courts  (e.g. involving a significant number of claimants) can apply to the court at an early stage for a Group Litigation Order (“ GLO”).  The court will need to be satisfied that there are common issues of fact and law arising in all of the proposed claims which would make it desirable for a GLO to be made. 

If the court makes a GLO, then it will give directions for the management of the case to trial. In very simple terms, these directions will normally identify the legal and factual issues to be decided in the litigation, identify a number of test cases that will heard and determined at trial, set dates by which evidence (in documentary, witness statement, or expert evidence form) will need to be produced, and set a date for trial. The outcome of the test cases at trial (or if the subject of a negotiated settlement) will be binding on the other claimants who have registered to join the GLO. 

The aim is to coordinate the management of the cases to improve efficiency, reduce costs and court time allocated to deal with the claims, and eliminate significant duplication between similar cases in areas like expert evidence.

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Is Group Litigation the same as a US Class Action?

The legal system in America is different to the legal system in the UK. Multi-party actions in America are referred to and run as “Class Actions”. In the UK they are referred to as “Group Litigation” and are subject to different procedural rules and legal tests.

There are several strong reasons to pursue a claim as a group rather than individually:

  • A group of Claimants often have more impact if they bring their cases together. The real benefit of a group action is that Claimants have strength in numbers
  • Cases that are too low value to be run alone may be successful if they are brought together as a Group Action
  • Costs and resources in Group Actions can also be shared
  • Useful evidence from one individual case can be used in the other cases
  • A successful group litigation claim can lead to individuals receiving their compensation sooner and at less cost than might otherwise be the case

Any party to what is expected to be a multi-party action in the English courts  (e.g. involving a significant number of claimants) can apply to the court at an early stage for a Group Litigation Order (“ GLO”).  The court will need to be satisfied that there are common issues of fact and law arising in all of the proposed claims which would make it desirable for a GLO to be made. 

If the court makes a GLO, then it will give directions for the management of the case to trial. In very simple terms, these directions will normally identify the legal and factual issues to be decided in the litigation, identify a number of test cases that will heard and determined at trial, set dates by which evidence (in documentary, witness statement, or expert evidence form) will need to be produced, and set a date for trial. The outcome of the test cases at trial (or if the subject of a negotiated settlement) will be binding on the other claimants who have registered to join the GLO. 

The aim is to coordinate the management of the cases to improve efficiency, reduce costs and court time allocated to deal with the claims, and eliminate significant duplication between similar cases in areas like expert evidence.

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The legal system in America is different to the legal system in the UK. Multi-party actions in America are referred to and run as “Class Actions”. In the UK they are referred to as “Group Litigation” and are subject to different procedural rules and legal tests.