If you are in the process of making a claim for personal injury compensation, or perhaps you are considering beginning one, you may be concerned about some legal terminology you have heard. UK law can be very complex and confusing at times, but understanding conference with counsel is not actually too tricky. Here we take a look at what the term means, and how unlikely it is that it will ever apply to you and your case.
Conference with counsel
This is a meeting which takes place in the run-up to a claim going to court. Usually it is a meeting between you, your solicitor (counsel), and the barrister who will be formally representing you in a court of law. Many people believe that it is their solicitor who will actually be representing them, and although this can sometimes be the case, it is more common that although a solicitor prepares all of the details of the case, it is a barrister who will make that case in court.
Other parties who may also be present in a conference with counsel include any experts who may play a role in the case on your behalf. Sometimes it is enough simply for the experts’ reports to be there for the barrister to look at. This meeting is a chance for the barrister to get to grips with all of the details of the case so that they can represent you to the fullest of their ability. Although this may all sound quite scary, there is a good reason why you do not need to worry about it.
Most compensation cases do not go to court
In the vast majority of cases, a compensation settlement is agreed out of court, meaning that no conference with counsel is ever needed. The fact that it is very unlikely that you will have to go to court for your compensation case means that the whole process is a lot less stressful for you, and you can simply let your solicitor do all the work.
A compensation claim usually only goes to court if the party deemed to be negligent (the party who caused the accident and subsequent injury) either refuses to take the blame for what happened, or the two parties cannot agree a suitable compensation amount. It is usually better for all parties to agree an amount of compensation without going to court, as this can be a very expensive business and end up with more fees all round.
At Accident Advice Helpline we will always try to reach a compensation settlement without going to court. We do not want our clients having to worry about things like conference with counsel, and we aim to make every claim as stress-free as possible.
Why expert legal help benefits you
In the unlikely event that your compensation claim does head for court and a conference with counsel is necessary, there is no need to be too worried. This meeting is not actually a legal process in itself, it is simply an opportunity for your barrister to find out all they need to know about the case. The barrister who will represent you will be highly experienced in the kind of claim you are making whether that be a workplace injury, road accident, food poisoning case, or an industrial illness caused by exposure to asbestos for example.
The solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline have a huge amount of experience dealing with all sorts of claims, and so they will be able to put together all the information a barrister needs to make a strong case.
Other benefits of using Accident Advice Helpline
As well as having over 16 years’ experience in fighting for compensation for injured parties, Accident Advice Helpline can also offer you a whole host of other benefits. First of all, when we take on cases we do so on a no-win, no-fee* basis. Some law firms and claims management services will charge you really quite large fees regardless of whether your case is successful or not. We do not believe this is fair, and because we do not want to put any financial pressure on our clients before any compensation is awarded, you will have absolutely no solicitors’ fees to pay at all if your case is not successful.
Not only that, but if you are currently unsure whether or not you would like to make a claim, you can call our free helpline for no-obligation advice. This gives you the opportunity to find out all you want to know about making a claim, without actually being obliged to go ahead with it unless you want to. This free initial advice can be really helpful in letting you know where you stand.
Making things simple
We like to take all of the pressure off of the client, meaning that you do not have to worry about things like conference with counsel. Usually compensation cases run their course from start to finish without you having to meet anyone in person. Being able to take care of most things on the phone is very convenient for all involved and is one of the great benefits of using Accident Advice Helpline. There are a lot of myths surrounding injury compensation, but we aim to make everything as simple as possible.
Call us today to see how we can help you
We have a team of advisors standing by to take your call and listen to what happened to you. People call us for all sorts of different reasons, and it is okay if you are currently not sure whether or not you have a case. We will be able to go through everything that happened with you, and give you an informed decision about whether or not you could be able to make a claim for injury compensation.
Call today on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) as you have absolutely nothing to lose, and potentially thousands of pounds to gain in compensation.
Date Published: 26th September 2013
Author: David Brown