According to research from legal communications firm Portland, 64% of respondents to a survey recently indicated that they would sign up to a 'class action given the chance'. Portland revealed: “the UK public are more active than ever before when faced with companies behaving illegally.”

Group actions (companies v institutions, or the public v an organisation) can be an effective way of  holding a company or institution to account. By joining multiple individuals or companies together who have similar claims arising from circumstances that are much the same it may improve the chances of success for the claimants and provide the most cost-effective manner in which to commence proceedings. Our Shared Appreciation Mortgage case is a good example. 

Thomson Reuters' research earlier this year showed that the value of groups action claims launched in 2022 hit £26 billion in the UK, an increase from £4 billion the previous year. This perhaps highlights the public's current appetite for group litigation: a manageable way to access justice where there is strength and support in numbers.