A raft of class action-type claims has been launched in recent months.

The increased use of group litigation orders is keeping litigators busier than in previous months and this is expected to continue as firms ramp up their class action capabilities in light of the European Commission potentially allowing US-style actions in Europe by the end of the year. Along with US class action specialists Bryan Cave and Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll, pushing the class action agenda are UK firms Addleshaw Goddard, DLA Piper and Lovells.

In this Litigation and ADR Special Report the push towards class actions is examined in light of the outcome of Royal Dutch Shell.

The ramifications of the biggest tax case of this year Sempra Metal are also considered, along with whether the free market of mediation is more powerful than the Court of Appeal.