A Joint Settlement Meeting is a meeting held to discuss a claim, 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 trial. The format of these meetings is that the Claimant and Defendant teams take up separate rooms. Usually the Claimant‚ A lawyer (and a barrister) will meet the Defendant team in a third ‚Äòneutral‚ A room to discuss the case, and report back to the Claimant on the discussions and any settlement offers made. Claimants are also able to put forward settlement offers at a Joint Settlement Meetings.
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