Taking legal action in the UK can be costly. This means that unless you are wealthy, you will need to consider how you will fund your legal action before you start. In many court cases, costs are awarded to the winner of the action and must be paid by the losing side. This means that the individual who loses the court case must not only pay their own legal fees and costs, but also those of the winning side.
In some cases, courts will award fixed costs and this is especially common if the other side does not defend the claim. The amount of costs awarded against someone will depend on a number of factors, including whether the successful party exaggerated their claim, the extent to which it was reasonable to fight the action, and whether the party refused an offer to settle. The court will only allow costs that are proportionate, but this still means that the losing side could face a hefty bill. With the UK economy struggling and the government looking for ways of saving money, legal aid has become less widely available.
Other funding options
There are ways in which you can fund court action which are not as potentially expensive. One option is legal aid. Whether you qualify for legal aid or not depends on your financial situation and the nature of your court case. If you are successful in your application for legal aid, the Legal Services Commission will help by paying your legal costs. If the other party receives legal aid, then you will not be able to claim any costs from them.
You can use your own money to fund legal action, which does give you much more control. You can fund your action using a variety of funds, such as household insurance policies, savings and costs in criminal cases. The Citizens Advice Bureau can help with information on how to obtain funding for legal actions. If you belong to a trade union, they may also be able to help with information and may even be able to provide free legal representation.
No win no fee* solicitors
Another option that you can consider is employing a solicitor on a no win no fee* basis. There are two types of no win no fee* arrangements. The first is known as conditional fee arrangements. The solicitor receives nothing if the case is lost, but takes a larger fee if the case is won. Generally, you also take out insurance to cover the costs of the other party if the case is lost.
The second type is contingency fees. In this scenario, the solicitor takes part of the award if the case is won. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we can provide you with a no win no fee* solicitor who has experience and will help you to obtain the maximum amount of compensation for your claim. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to start your claim.
Date Published: October 10, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Personal injury solicitors