Group Litigation Orders—procedure
Produced in partnership with Andrew Wilson
Group Litigation Orders—procedure

The following Dispute Resolution guidance note Produced in partnership with Andrew Wilson provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Group Litigation Orders—procedure
  • Who may apply and when?
  • Preliminary steps
  • Application for a GLO
  • The order (GLO)
  • Finding existing GLOs
  • Individual claims already underway (in proceedings)
  • Day to day conduct and procedures
  • The degree of control exerted by each party in the group
  • Risks regarding confidentiality/privilege/conflicts of interest
  • more

Who may apply and when?

It is worth noting that, subject to obtaining the appropriate consent (discussed below), the court has the power to order a GLO of its own initiative. That power is set out in CPR PD 19B, para 4 and the procedure is laid out in CPR 3.3.

However, in the majority of cases the impetus, and therefore the application for the GLO, will come from a party or parties.

Pursuant to CPR PD 19B, para 3.1 an application for a GLO may be made at any time before or after any relevant claims have been issued and may be made either by a claimant or by a defendant.

Preliminary steps

i. Contact MPAIS

Before making an application for a GLO a practitioner should approach the Law Society’s Multi Party Action Information Service for information concerning other claims which raise the issues proposed to be the subject of the GLO. The contact details are as follows:

Multi-Party Action Information Service

Practice Advice Service

The Law Society

113 Chancery Lane

London WC2A 1PL

Tel: 020 7320 5675

ii. Formation of solicitors’ group

Consideration should then be given to whether it is convenient for the claimants’ solicitors identified to form a solicitors’ group and if such a group is formed, to the appointment of a lead solicitor.

Where a lead solicitor is appointed, the role of that