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Categories:
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Civil Procedure
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Listen and pass the quiz: Gain 1 CPD point (60 minutes)
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Cost:
  • FREE
Length:
30 minutes of audio
(+ optional 5 minute online quiz)
Plays on Computer:
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Course Aims:

This podcast aims to provide a clear discussion of the state of the group action system in the UK and possible future reforms. It provides practical information and advice with regard to such claims, looking at questions of costs, funding and taking instructions in group actions. Comparison is made between the UK regime and those operating in the US and other jurisdictions in the EU. There is discussion of future reforms to this field, in the light of the proposals currently being advanced by the European Commission, the Civil Justice Council and the Consumer Commission.

Outcomes:
After completing the course you will:
  • Be aware of key procedural elements in bringing a group action;
  • Appreciate the costs and funding implications of such a claim;
  • Understand important differences between the UK system and that operating in the US and EU jurisdictions;
  • Be aware of possible future developments to the way in which group actions are conducted.
Level:
Beginner Difficulty: 1 of 5
Sources and References:
  • Weir and others v Secretary of State for Transport and another [2005] All ER (D) 160 (Oct);
  • R (on the application of SRM Global Master Fund LP) v Treasury Commissioner [2009] EWHC 227 (Admin);
  • The Consumers' Association v JJB Sports PLC (Case Number: 1078/7/9/07).

This podcast addresses the subject of group action litigation. David Greene, a specialist in UK group action litigation, takes a detailed examination of the parts of the CPR under which group actions may be commenced, and the types of claim to which such an action is best suited. A particular focus is placed on the difficulties of the current group action regime of the UK, in comparison with that of the US. Practical advice is provided on the necessary steps to take in order to bring together and run a group action, with special consideration of the costs and funding implications of such a claim. The speaker also discusses the reforms to this system currently proposed by the European Commission, Civil Justice Council and the Consumer Commission, as well as looking to the response of other EU states to this type of action, and offering his own comments on possible procedural improvements in this area.

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