Joint Settlement Meeting

A joint settlement meeting is a meeting held to discuss your case, with a view to achieving a settlement. Either side can propose holding a joint settlement meeting once court proceedings have started on a case. It can also be proposed by the court, and in more complex cases, the court is likely to propose one to try and settle a claim without the need to progress to court.

The format of these meetings is that the claimant and defendant teams take up separate rooms. Your lawyer (and a barrister) will meet the defendant team in a third ‘neutral’ room to discuss the case, and report back to you on the discussions and any settlement offers made. You are also able to put forward settlement offers at a joint settlement meeting.

Your lawyer will provide you with further advice, should your case reach joint settlement meeting stage. It is extremely rare that cases do not settle in a joint settlement meeting.

There are two types of Personal Injury cases, as follows:

PORTAL CASES
Generally these are cases where your compensation award is likely to be less than £25,000 and the injury has occurred in England and Wales.

NON-PORTAL CASES
Generally, these are cases that either; i. have occurred abroad. ii. Are likely to provide you with compensation in excess of £25,000 or iii. Have left you with life-changing injuries.
Learn about the types of cases we deal with

Case taken on

Contact made with other party or their insurers

Liability accepted

Liability denied

Seek evidence

Negotiation

Case settled

Issue court
proceedings

Case settled

Court issues
timetable

Case settled

Complying with
timetable

Court hearing

Case concluded

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*Usually, a case will settle before a final hearing, however once court proceedings have been issued, your lawyer will have to prepare the case as if it will go to trial.

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To speak to an expert about an injury that was caused by somebody else’s negligence and your right to make a claim, contact JMW today. Our solicitors are waiting to hear from you and are happy to answer any questions you may have. To get in touch, simply call us on 0345 872 6666 or complete the enquiry form to let us know that you would like to hear from us.