How do I Fund my Claim?
There are several options for funding a claim, and we can help you work out which is most suitable for you. We have provided a brief summary of the main options.
You may already have an insurance policy which provides indemnity for legal fees in personal injury or clinical negligence claims. This is usually called Legal Expenses Insurance (LEI), and is sometimes available under your existing home, car or credit card insurance. Certain types of bank account may also include LEI.
If you, or a member of your family, belong to a union or similar association, you may be able to get assistance with funding through this.
The availability of existing funding must be checked before we can consider other funding options. If you believe that you have LEI, we would need to see your policy documents to establish the terms of your cover.
Conditional Fee Agreement (Formerly Known as 'No-Win, No-Fee')
This type of funding is offered on a case-by-case basis. There are no initial fees, and if your case is unsuccessful you will not have to pay anything, although we may initially have to ask you to acquire your medical records.
You are likely to have to make a limited contribution to the costs of your case if you are successful; however, it is our policy to try and recover as much compensation for our clients as we can, and to pay as much of this to you as is possible under the current rules.
There are also separate funding arrangements for asbestos-injury claims, which we can discuss with you where appropriate.
Public Funding – Legal Aid
Legal Aid is now only available for clinical negligence claims where significant brain injury was sustained during, shortly before, or shortly after birth. We can advise you on whether Legal Aid would be available in your case.
We have a Clinical Negligence franchise, which means that we have been approved to undertake this kind of work by the Legal Aid Agency.
If there are no other ways to fund your claim, then you may want to fund it yourself. This will mean paying our hourly rate as the case progresses, and all disbursements (fees that have to be paid to other people on your behalf). If you require further details on this funding option, we would be happy to discuss it with you.