Who will pay my legal costs?
There are four main ways to fund a claim. Your solicitor will provide comprehensive advice on all the options available before we take on your case.
1. Legal Aid
Changes to the legal aid scheme came into force in April 2013 and as a result, legal aid is more difficult to obtain in child abuse compensation claims (although it is technically available). A successful application will depend on your financial circumstances and we will let you know if we think it’s the best way to fund your case. The Legal Aid Agency recognises us as specialists in this area and have awarded BBK a franchise to undertake this work.
2. “No win, no fee”
We have a “no win, no fee” policy for all claims we take on. If your claim is unsuccessful, assuming that you stick to your obligations under our ‘conditional fee’ agreement, you will not have to pay a penny.
Throughout the life of your case, there will be nothing to pay if you work with us to progress your claim. We will fund all of the up-front costs, including court fees, fees for obtaining documents and other expenses.
If you are successful, the defendant will have to pay a contribution towards your legal costs (our fees for acting for you). We are allowed to charge a percentage success fee or bonus payment for the risk that we take in not getting paid if you lose your case, and to charge you for any fees not recovered from the defendant if you win. However we guarantee if we take on your case and you stick by your obligations under our agreement, the maximum deduction from your compensation will be 15% including VAT, all unrecovered costs and expenses and our success fee. This means we guarantee you at least 85% of your compensation.
3. Legal Expenses Insurance
You may have an insurance policy to pay the legal fees associated with making a claim, perhaps with your home insurance or as a benefit of credit card membership. You are not obliged to accept the law firm recommended by your insurer, as they may not be specialists in this area.
4. Private paying
For clients with no insurance, who do not qualify for legal aid and who do not wish to enter into a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement, we can act on a private paying basis.