Qui Tam

What is Qui Tam?

Qui tam is a legal term, an abbreviation of “qui tam pro domino rege quam pro seipse”, meaning “he who sues for the king as for himself”.

It is associated with whistleblower laws that protect an employee who brings a civil action against his or her employer alleging fraud against the government, in order to compel the government to act. A qui tam action, therefore, is an action brought by a private individual on behalf of the government.

Generally, where such an action is successful, the person who brought the action gets a bounty in the form of a percentage of the recovery (usually 10%).

Lawyers who specialise in qui tam are listed.

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