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Group litigation – How long does it take?

How long does it take to get the right outcome?

when solicitors express their intention to give claims the best possible chance to succeed, it reflects their commitment to providing thorough and comprehensive legal representation for their clients. In the context of a group litigation order (GLO), where multiple claimants are collectively pursuing legal action, the duration of the process until its conclusion can vary based on several factors.

  1. Complexity of the Case:

    The complexity of the legal issues involved in the group litigation can significantly impact the timeline. If the case involves intricate legal arguments, extensive evidence gathering, or novel legal principles, it may take longer to reach a resolution.
  2. Number of Claimants:

    The sheer number of claimants involved in a group litigation order can influence the time required. Coordinating and managing the interests of multiple parties, each with their unique circumstances, can extend the proceedings.
  3. Court Procedures and Case Management:

    The efficiency of the court system and the case management procedures employed can also affect the timeline. Some courts may have a backlog of cases, leading to delays, while others may employ streamlined processes to expedite proceedings.
  4. Settlement Negotiations:

    Solicitors often explore the possibility of settlement negotiations to resolve the dispute without going through a full trial. The duration of these negotiations can vary, and the willingness of parties to reach a settlement can impact how long it takes for the case to conclude.
  5. Interim Applications and Appeals:

    If there are interim applications or appeals filed during the course of the litigation, these can add additional phases to the process, contributing to an extended timeframe.
  6. Expert Witnesses and Evidence Gathering:

    Depending on the nature of the case, solicitors may need to engage expert witnesses and gather substantial evidence. This process can be time-consuming but is essential for building a strong case.
  7. Changes in Legislation or Precedent:

    Changes in legislation or significant legal precedents established during the course of the litigation can impact the case dynamics, potentially leading to adjustments in legal strategies and timelines.
  8. Negotiation with Opposing Parties:

    The willingness of the opposing parties to engage in constructive negotiations can also play a role. Protracted disagreements or disputes between parties can prolong the litigation process.

In summary, the commitment of solicitors to give claims the best chance of success involves navigating these complexities diligently. While they may aim for expeditious resolution, the unpredictable nature of legal proceedings means that the duration of a group litigation order can vary, and solicitors work to balance thoroughness with efficiency in pursuit of a successful outcome for their clients.

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