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.