We explain here what you must do because of the direction by the High Court that any woman who wishes to make a claim under the GLO must have registered by 8th April 2013.
If you have already instructed a law firm to act for you, then you do not need to do anything other than respond to any request for information they make.
To be a part of the Action you need to act quickly
If you do not have a lawyer and wish to join the GLO you will need to instruct one as soon as possible. Do not delay, as it can take many months to investigate a claim. If you wait until shortly before the deadline you may not be able to find a law firm prepared to take on your case. If you do not register a claim before the deadline you may lose the right to make any claim.
The women who have already made claims are represented by over 100 law firms. The GLO is run by the lead solicitors together with a steering committee of 4 firms. You are free to instruct any firm you wish and we set out below details of all firms instructed together with contact details
The High Court made a Group Litigation Order on 9th March 2012 in relation to a Group Action to be pursued by women who received PIP silicone breast implants against those who supplied the PIP implants to them. The Court ordered that any individual who wishes to pursue such a claim may join the Group Action by being added to the Group Register of claims from 31st May 2012.
The Court appointed Hugh James as the Lead Solicitors to the Group Action, in conjunction with Freeth Cartwright, Garden House, Irwin Mitchell and Slater & Gordon. However, claimants may instruct any firm of solicitors to participate in the litigation.
All individuals must have their claims investigated before they can be added to the Group Register so they need to come forward as soon as possible. On 24th October 2012 the Court imposed a cut-off date for joining the Group Action of 8th April 2013. No-one will be able to join the Group Action after 4.00pm on 8th April 2013 without the permission of the Court.
If you are concerned about your PIP implants or any health issues associated with these implants you should seek medical advice.