We seek to eliminate all of the risks inherent in the litigation process, but there are some risks, however slight, which cannot be eradicated in their entirety. We list them below, with an explanation of what we do to mitigate them and why accordingly we are content to advise that your participation in the litigation will be, for practical purposes, risk free.
Risk 1: the insurer may deny or seek to withdraw cover, either after the unsuccessful conclusion of the case, or while the case is continuing.
It is our responsibility to ensure that the insurers are fully informed about all aspects of the case so that it is not open to them to refuse to honour a claim if the case is lost. We are invested in the case, and we are equally anxious as you will be to ensure that the insurers are fully informed and have no reason to refuse cover.
Risk 2: the insurer goes out of business
There is a possibility that the insurer fails so that they are unable to pay. There is nothing we can do about this risk, other than to seek to take cover from insurers whose rating is sufficient to give us comfort that they will be able to pay. We mitigate the risk by sourcing insurance through expert insurance brokers who advise on the quality of the cover.
Risk 3: the group does not attract sufficient claimants
There is also a further theoretical risk, which is highly unlikely to come about in one of these claims: that the case is successful but any recoveries for the claimants are limited.
The terms of the DBA are such that we cannot take more than 50% of any damages you receive, but if too few claimants instruct us, so as to make the case not economically viable, we may have to terminate our retainer with you. This is extremely unlikely, and we would consult the Committee before doing so in order to make sure the group could continue to be adequately represented, if at all possible.
Risk 4: You succeed in your claim but other claimants fail in theirs
The insurance will be on a pooled basis, so that it will respond only if the Claimants’ claims as a whole fail. If some claimants succeed and others fail, they will pay out only to the extent that the costs payable to the defendants in respect of failed claims cannot be paid from the amount recovered for successful claimants. This is unlikely to have a significant effect on any successful claimants.