Richard Barr reflects on the impact of the MMR and Meadow litigation

Three weeks ago, the Legal Services Commission decided to withdraw the remaining legal aid certificates in the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine cases.

This follows their decision in August 2003 when legal aid funding for the bulk of the claims arising out of the MMR cases was withdrawn '“ six months before a trial was due to begin on whether the vaccine caused gastrointestinal and neurological (notably autistic spectrum) injuries to children.

A few families succeeded in getting legal aid reinstated for conditions other than autism, but even this has now been withdrawn. Thus, subject to appeals, and any cases where parents are brave enough to go it alone, the MMR litigation appears to be finally over.

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Jean-Yves Gilg
Editor
Solicitors Journal

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