Chambers has extensive experience of acting in multi-party actions (MPAs) of all types, acting for both claimants and defendants. We are able to advise on all aspects of group litigation, including funding, case management, and the best means by which issues of liability or quantum may be tried or settled.
Members of 1 Crown Office Row were involved in some of the very first major MPAs: the Pertussis (whooping cough vaccine litigation damage) and Haemophiliac HIV litigation. Philip Havers QC was also instructed in the public law challenge to the refusal of Legal Aid in the Epilim litigation.
Involvement in such cases has continued at a high level, e.g. AB & Others v John Wyeth and Brother Ltd and others (Benzodiazepine), Myodil, Opren, RAGE (Breast Radiation Injury Claims), CJD (Human Growth Hormone), the OCP (Oral Contraceptive Pill) group action, part of the Norplant Litigation, the tobacco litigation, the Hepatitis C litigation, the MMR litigation and the DePuy Hylamer Hip Litigation and the Nationwide Organ Group Litigation.
Briefed by the Treasury Solicitor’s Department, 1 Crown Office Row has acted for the Government in the Kenya Training Area claims, the Nuclear Test Veterans claims, the Opiate Dependent Prisoners Litigation and the Guantánamo Bay Litigation (allegations of torture by the intelligence services).
Chambers also boasts wide experience in child sex abuse group claims, both against the Roman Catholic Church and those responsible for various care homes and schools. Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC, Henry Witcomb and Justin Levinson have acted in many such cases.
More recently, members of Chambers have been instructed in the Cornwall Partnership Trust Litigation (abuse in residential care) the Westbourne View Litigation and Paterson Breast Surgery group.