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Group litigation instigated by multi party action solicitors usually involves a large number of people, all of whom have a similar injury caused in a similar way as a result of the same event by the negligence of someone else, taking legal action for compensation in a Court of Law. It is effectively a procedural arrangement that allows multiple compensation claims to be litigated efficiently and resolved with finality. Multi party action effectively reduces the use of court time and reduces solicitors legal costs as only one representative action is taken forward to trial, the result of which is binding on all parties in the group.

Multi party action solicitors compensation claims generally fall into 3 broad categories:

  • Sudden disasters: personal injury or fatal accident claims, including damage to property.
  • Consumer claims: claims related to use or consumption of defective goods or services, personal injury or financial loss.
  • Rolling claims: claims arising from a single cause such as an allegedly defective drug or product.

Environmental Contamination

Our multi party action solicitors deal with environmental contamination law. We not only claim compensation for personal injury but our remit also includes taking legal action for environmental nuisance claims for communities. Our expertise extends to nuisance caused by landfill, sewage farms and pollutant factories and historical contamination of land resulting from industries of a bygone age. We take legal action against Government, local authorities, individuals and business corporations often on a multi-party action basis for serious environmental hazards including contaminated land, asbestos ingestion, air pollution, food contamination, inadequate waste management, exposure to radiation and dangerous magnetic fields. There are particular hazards that relate to development of brownfield sites for use as housing, release of industrial pollutants into water courses used for domestic drinking water supplies, food poisoning, fly tipping and dumping of commercial and domestic waste in unregulated conditions.

Due to the number of people that may be affected by an environmental disaster it may be possible to pursue group litigation which means that all affected individuals join together whilst one member of the group pursues a typical claim, the outcome of which is binding on the defendant polluter for all members of the group with similar injuries caused as a result of the same incident. The benefit of this course of action is that it reduces overall legal costs, making the legal process more viable for a multi party action solicitor when carrying out a risk assessment for a no win no fee* claim thereby increasing the chance of acceptance of the claim by the solicitor often resulting in ultimate victory in the court.

Disaster Litigation

A major disaster occurs when a sudden or unexpected event causes physical injury, death or serious property damage to a large number of people. Disaster litigation is a sensitive issue that is the subject of guidelines issued to disaster litigation solicitors by the Law Society of England and Wales. The guidelines indicate that there is a need for high levels of co-operation between solicitors representing both claimants and defendants and there is a recommendation that where appropriate claims should be dealt with by mediation or Alternative Dispute Resolution methods rather than multi party litigation in a court of law.

If the matter cannot be settled without recourse to a court of law then it is advisable that all parties who have been harmed join together in a multi party action in order to save legal costs and court time. Multi-party litigation involves just one representative claimant taking action effectively on behalf of all those who have similar injuries as a result of the same harmful event. The judgement is then binding on all parties who are members of the group or class.

Disaster compensation claims often depend on the evidence provided by criminal investigations, criminal prosecution and public enquiry to the extent that liability can often be established without recourse to a lengthy civil court process. The guidelines indicate that fast, efficient and proportionate dispute resolution is in the client's interest.

Multi Party Action Solicitors

If you would like advice in regards to taking multi party action in a court of law we are able to offer you a full service to protect your legal rights. Our multi party action solicitors are members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts. All of our lawyers use the no win no fee* scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client.



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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here