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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 litigation in a court of law.

Disaster Litigation Class Action

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 which is also known as 'class action' and 'group legal action' 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.

Solicitors Advice

Group legal action following a large scale disaster requires the skills of specialist disaster litigation solicitors. Our lawyers are members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts who deal with claims against Government departments, large corporation plc's and public authorities using 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. For free advice without obligation just use the helpline or email our offices and we will telephone you immediately.

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