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Blacks Solicitors are acting for former litigants in the MMR Vaccine Litigation. Legal proceedings have commenced. The present claims concern allegations of professional negligence against the lawyers who acted for the former litigants. The issues are wide ranging and include loss of chance of obtaining damages arising from the conduct of the litigation by the lawyers. The allegations of negligence include: starting legal proceedings too late and failing to advance any claim based on the unsafe Urabe mumps virus vaccine.
The legal actions are led by Luke Patel, Solicitor Partner and Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution. The team includes a Queen's Counsel who has advised and settled individual Letters of Claim. The actions are funded by a conditional fee arrangement ("CFA" or "no win, no fee"). After the event insurance has been arranged to support the litigation to trial.
Although legal aid is available for professional negligence matters, the Access to Justice Act 1999 Funding Code provides: "If the nature of the case is suitable for a CFA, and the client is likely to be able to avail himself or herself of a CFA, Full Representation will be refused (paragraph 5.7.1)". To obtain legal aid for a professional negligence claim applicants need to be able to show they cannot obtain a CFA. Blacks Solicitors are able to offer a CFA for professional negligence claims arising out of the MMR Vaccine Litigation in suitable cases.
Former MMR Vaccine litigants should contact Blacks Solicitors as a matter of urgency as there may be time bar considerations in respect of any claim for compensation against their former lawyers. The law on civil litigation costs has recently changed and the new system will be implemented in April 2013, to the detriment of claimants.
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