Group litigation is the term used in the UK to describe what are called class action or collective redress actions in other legal jurisdictions. In fact although Group actions are a form of collective redress they are different in type from class actions which are not currently permitted in the UK.
Group actions are becoming far more regularly used in the UK as they are a way for individuals with similar complaints to join together against the wrongdoer and avoid pitfalls that can be associated with individuals having to make their own separate claim each time. In short they offer strength in numbers and a saving on legal costs.
Entering into litigation can be daunting experience for individuals and in the past people who have had perfectly valid complaints have been put off going to the courts because of the risk of litigating against a Defendant who are often very large and well resourced. This is where group litigation redresses the balance. You become a strong well resourced one too. David matches Goliath.
By joining together as a group, individuals can benefit from collective strength in the commonality and sharing of knowledge, and the sharing of the risks and costs. These benefits are invaluable and allow access to justice when otherwise individuals might be denied it.
We like working with groups and even if your case does not meet the technical requirement laid down for a formal group action we can treat you like a group to deliver similar benefits.
Some of the key advantages of group litigation are:
1. By being part of a group, legal advice and documentation can be shared with other claimants and the cost of obtaining advice can be spread across the group. Often advice can be used across the group whereas if each case was litigated individually each person would need to obtain their own advice, and incur the cost of the advice on their own;
2. By coming together as a group the risk of paying the other sides costs can be reduced. By coming together as a group litigation funding arrangements can be put in place which can reduce the costs risks and as a group these arrangements may often be more favourable than funding arrangements for individuals;
3. Usually test cases are selected from within the group so the rest of the group members benefit from the decisions in those cases. By collectively funding the test cases the costs of bringing these cases are reduced as well as shared and often a fraction of the cost of bringing an individual claim;
Defendants in these types of claims are often large multinational company's and the group collectively enjoys the resources to fight on an even playing field.
Slater & Gordon Lawyers are experts in group litigation. If you have a dispute and know of others who have similar types of disputes please do not hesitate to contact us to see how we can assist. Call us on 0800 916 9015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.