Changes to Funding

For many years now the legal system in the uk has been funded in a number of ways. For smaller cases such as small claims court the parties will not usually require legal representation and therefore costs are not an issue, beyond those of the individual parties involved. For normal court proceedings solicitors are usually involved and sometimes also barristers so the costs can begin to spiral, this is when a costs award is usually made for the winning party, so the losing one will often have to pay all their costs. Of course for many people legal aid is an option so they may be able to get their entire costs covered anyway.

The no win fee cases which are becoming more common these days are a similar case, in that the solicitor will generally be quite selective about which cases they will take on, then when the case is won they claim their fees from the other party. They need to be selective in this way because they generally guarantee that there are no fees involved for their client, so if they do happen to lose the solicitors have to absorb them themselves. The positive aspect of this is that if you have a strong case you have absolutely no outlay regardless of the verdict, however on the other hand, if you have a case which is more unclear what the verdict will be, they may not take you on as a client at all, or if they do you may not qualify for the free service, on the understanding that you could have to ultimately pay two sets of costs.

There are numerous companies who provide a middle man service around the no win no fee cases, they attract interest through various advertising mediums, then qualify each inquiry before selling them on to the solicitors who actually manage the individual cases. The changes to funding are an attempt to prevent this kind of company from inflating the overall costs and effectively cut margins down to the point that nobody would pay for their leads any more.

So what’s being proposed? Well, at the moment a solicitors fees build up according to the time spent on the case, however the proposed changes will bring in a fixed fee instead, whilst this is not yet set, it’s likely to be much less than they currently charge for many cases, particularly the more lengthy ones. To keep up to date with how these changes proceed, see the law society website.

Selecting the best

How to Choose a Lawyer?

It is a horrible situation when you have suffered personal injury through no fault of your own.  You could have been involved in a car accident, you could have had a slip or trip, or something could have fallen on you.  There are plenty of different reasons as to why you could have suffered a personal injury  When this injury is through no fault of your own, you are entitled to some form of compensation for the injuries you suffered.  Personal injury lawyers can help you to achieve this.

Where Do I Find a Personal Injury Lawyer?

There are advertisements on television, on the radio, on the internet, in magazines and newspapers.  It is unlikely you haven’t come across any yet.  So how do you choose the right one when there are so many different companies you could go to?

Make sure you read some reviews from people who have used a personal injury lawyer in the past.  You could also ask around, claiming compensation is, let’s be truthful, quite a big business right now so there will be plenty of people who have had some experience and will be able to tell you if someone has worked well for them.

The level of service they offer is also very important.  Are your enquiries responded to quickly?  Does the personal injury lawyer explain the process to you clearly?  Are you regularly kept up to date with developments?

Costs of a Personal Injury Lawyer

In the current market, there are plenty of companies available that offer a “no win no fee” service and it is a good option to find a personal injury lawyer who offers this type of service.  But make sure you read the agreement properly before you sign it, to make sure you don’t run the risk of having to pay for the other side’s costs should your case be unsuccessful.

Overall though,     there is no reason why you should find a solicitor that charges upfront fees.  With a no win no fee agreement, it basically means that the costs of your law suit are recovered from the other side should your claim be successful.  As personal injury lawyers are highly experienced in their field of expertise, it is highly unlikely that they will proceed with your case unless they are convinced they will be able to win it.  Make sure you are aware of what the fees are if you do win your case – this is usually a percentage of the compensation you are awarded, although many accident specialist solicitors now have systems in place to ensure you keep 100% of the compensation.

So, as shown, there are plenty of companies for you to choose from if you have suffered a personal injury and believe you are entitled to some form of compensation.  Make sure you do a bit of research to see where you can get the best service from and most of all make sure you understand the agreement you enter when you choose a personal injury lawyer to represent you in your case.