Who will pay my legal fees?
If we think your child has a good claim, we will find a way to fund it for you. The four main types of funding are:
- “No win, no fee” agreement otherwise known as a Conditional Fee Agreement
- Legal Expenses Insurance
- Legal Aid
- Paying privately
“No Win, No Fee”/ Conditional Fee Agreement
If we are confident that your child has a good claim for compensation, we will offer to act for you on a “no win, no fee” basis. This means that as long as you stick to your obligations, should you lose, you will pay nothing at all.
We will fund all the expenses as the case goes on, like the fees we are charged for obtaining records, court fees and experts’ fees.
We can also arrange insurance to protect you from paying your opponent’s legal fees at no up-front cost to you.
If you win your case, your opponent will pay our fees and expenses in addition to your child’s damages. As long as you have stuck to your obligations under our agreement, our work in bringing the claim will not cost you anything. If you asked us to arrange insurance, the premium will need to be paid for, but this can be deducted from the compensation.
Legal Expenses Insurance
You may already have an insurance policy to fund the legal fees involved in bringing a claim. Frequently, this is an “add-on” to a policy primarily designed to cover some other risk such as:
- Home insurance or home contents policies
- Car insurance policies
- Credit card insurance
- Employer’s insurance policies
- Private healthcare insurance policies
- Personal accident insurance policies
It is essential that such cover is identified at an early stage. If you do have a policy, we will be pleased to advise you on whether that policy is suitable. Sometimes, although cover exists, the indemnity limits may be too low or claim type may be limited. You do not have to accept the law firm recommended by your insurer. Contact us before you contact your insurer for independent advice from our specialist team.
Legal Aid may be available where a baby has suffered a significant brain injury under the age of 8 weeks, or if the claim involves abuse due to the failings of a public authority. We have a contract from the Legal Aid Agency to undertake legally aided work in these areas.
If your child’s claim qualifies, we will let you know whether an application for legal aid is likely to be successful.
If you would prefer to pay privately, we will let you have our full terms of business including our hourly rates.