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Legal Costs

With effect from 1st April 2013 the government changed the rules governing personal injury and clinical negligence claims.

Whilst we are able to deal with your claim by way of a Conditional Fee Agreement (no win, no fee) these changes mean that you are no longer be able to recover all of your legal costs from your Opponent and for this reason there will be a need to deduct up to 25% from your damages to cover these costs.    

To compensate for the above the government ordered that there be a 10% increase in the amount you are awarded in respect of your pain, suffering and loss of amenity so as to reduce the amount of money that will have to be deducted.

In addition, we may need to take out an insurance premium to protect you against unrecoverable disbursements and the adverse costs and you will be responsible for the cost of this premium, which will also be deducted from your settlement damages on the conclusion of your claim.

What Do I Pay If I Win?

If you win your claim, you pay our basic charges, our expenses and disbursements and a success fee together with a premium for any insurance that you take out.    You are entitled to seek recovery from your Opponent of part or all of our basic charges and our expenses and disbursements but not the success fee or any insurance premium.

What do I Pay if I Lose?

If you lose, you, you may be liable to pay some or all of your Opponent’s costs.   However you will normally have the benefit of qualified one-way cost shifting so that the Court will not usually enforce an Order for costs against you unless: -

  1. Pleadings have been struck out;
  2. The Claimant is fundamentally dishonest;
  3. The claim includes a claim for financial benefit of someone else.


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