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MMR Vaccine Litigation

Blacks Solicitors’ specialist Professional Negligence team are experienced at acting for former claimants of the MMR vaccine litigation.

The history behind MMR vaccine litigation

In September 1992 two brands of MMR were no longer used because of safety concerns with respect to the Urabe mumps vaccine virus and aseptic meningitis.

In 2002 the Chairman of the Committee on Safety of Medicines stated: “This risk to children of a potentially serious neurological complication makes its use unacceptable…”

The MMR vaccine litigation involved around 1,600 claimants. The claims were brought under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 against the vaccine companies, costing millions in Legal Aid fees, but no compensation was obtained for the claimants.

The lead claimants in the MMR vaccine litigation alleged conditions of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, with or without bowel disorder, based on the hypothetical persistence of the measles vaccine virus in body tissues.

How we can help you                                                                                              

Blacks have acted, and continue to act, for a number of clients in pursuing alleged professional negligence claims against the solicitors who originally acted for them against the MMR Vaccine manufacturers.

There are a number of issues we are investigating, including:

  • Loss of chance to obtain damages arising out of the conduct by lawyers of the original MMR vaccine litigation
  • Starting court proceedings out of time and failing to advance certain claims

Our team includes two senior QCs and is led by Luke Patel, Partner and Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution.

Latest Developments

In April 2021 legal proceedings were issued in a multi-million-pound claim against (1) Augustus Ullstein QC and (2) Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors, the former legal advisors, on behalf of one of the former claimants of the MMR vaccine litigation.

Our fees

Blacks are working on a Conditional Fee Agreement basis (‘No Win, No Fee’), supported by After The Event (ATE) Insurance.


If you were part of the initial litigation and you consider that you may have a claim, please email or call us today on 0113 227 9270.


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