solicitors cheltenham

Collective Actions

Our team of solicitors can assist you with a variety of collective actions.

What do we offer?

Solicitors with excellent technical expertise and the ability to think creatively and tactically is key for claimants involved in collective actions and group redress. Our solicitors combine significant experience in group actions with an efficient strategy  and work closely with a team of specialist counsel and experts that is tailored to meet the needs of each case. Our clients benefit from our strong relationships with funding brokers, funders and ATE insurance providers.

Our experience in collective actions has grown organically from its strong EU & Competition Law and Litigation & Dispute Resolution offerings and now spans a wide range of sectors including competition law, financial services, professional negligence and investment losses. We have acted in a number of the most high profile group and collective actions and we are currently involved in bringing a number of large high-profile collective claims in the Competition Appeals Tribunal on an opt out basis under section 47B of the Competition Act 1998.

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What is a collective action?

The potential for a collective action arises when a wrong causes loss to a group of people in a similar way. UK rules provide for various ways in which collective actions can be structured from simply taking a test case forward and asking the court to manage the litigation appropriately, bringing a representative action or under a group litigation order. Such claims are dealt with on an opt-in basis, i.e. claimants must elect to join the action in order to be considered a member of the class and share in any damages recovered. Following the introduction of section 47B of the Competition Act 1998, consumers and businesses can bring private actions for damages suffered as a result of infringement of UK competition law on an opt-out basis, i.e. on behalf of an entire class of claimants (except for those that have expressly opted-out) without the need to identify every claimant.

If you wish to discuss collective or group actions further with one of our specialist team please contact Adrian Render, Julian Maitland-Walker or Sheree-Ann Virgin.

For more advice or a free consultation on Collective Actions
Call +44 (0)1643 707777 or Email adrian.render@maitlandwalker.com

The types of cases in which the firm acts include

  • Competition law claims either on a stand-alone or follow-on basis and on an opt-in or opt-out basis
  • Financial services claims
  • Investment losses claims