The funding of personal legal services is a complex area and different funding arrangements are available for different types of cases.
If you instruct Bradshaw Legal to pursue a personal injury claim on your behalf where possible we will seek to use any existing legal expenses cover that a client has in place. Where such cover is not available then, on a case by case basis we shall seek to act on your behalf under a genuine No Win No Fee arrangement, otherwise known as a Conditional Fee Agreement.
The UK government changed the law with effect from April 2013, before then if we acted under a conditional fee agreement, we could recover our costs from your opponent. Now we can only recover part of those costs. To offset this change, Solicitors are now permitted to deduct an amount of money from their client's compensation. We promise that if we are successful we will only retain a maximum 25% of any damages awarded to you. If however you lose you will not pay us a penny, providing that you keep to your obligations. The precise amount to be deducted, if any will be decided upon a case by case basis and we will discuss the options with you before entering into any funding arrangements.
Where we are unable to accept instructions to act under a No Win No Fee arrangement where possible a fixed fee will be offered or alternatively an hourly rate agreed upon in advance of us undertaking any work on your behalf. That way you are fully aware of the anticipated costs of the matter to be pursued and what work is to be undertaken for the price provided and agreed upon.
In addition to the fees incurred by Bradshaw Legal other fees maybe incurred for example Court fees, expert evidence, police reports or medical records. Fees such as this are known as disbursements. Bradshaw Legal cannot continue to fund client's disbursements in all situations because the overall level of funding is now very high partly because of changes resulting in a substantial rise in Court fees. We therefore expressly reserve the position to request payment towards disbursements from a client at any stage during the progression of their case.
If you have a family law matter that requires legal assistance you might be worried about the costs you'll face.
When you get a divorce or dissolve a civil partnership, you or your ex-partner will be expected to pay court fees. This is a requirement in order to register your application, and you must pay it regardless of whether you intend to deal with your divorce yourself or enlist the help of a family law solicitor. In England and Wales, the fee for divorce or dissolution if you're separating from your civil partner is currently £550. If you decide to file for judicial separation instead of getting a full divorce you'll need to pay court fees of £365.
You may have other court fees to pay in relation to your divorce too. For example, if you wish to apply for a consent order, which is a legal document that can be used to make financial agreements you've reached with your ex-partner legally binding you'll need to pay currently £50 in England and Wales.
If you want to apply for a financial order to ask the Court to determine how your finances should be divided following a separation, you'll have to pay £255 currently.
Unfortunately, most people are expected to cover these fees themselves. However, you may be eligible for financial help if you're on certain benefits or if you've an income and savings below a particular level. If you're not sure if you may be able to qualify for assistance, you can contact your local Citizens Advice Bureaux for information and guidance. Alternatively, you may be entitled to fee remission in respect of the court fees. Details can be found within court guidance form EX160A - How to apply for help with fees, which is available on-line or from your local court.
In addition to the above there maybe additional fees to pay for Barristers and other experts in addition to your own Solicitors charges. Bradshaw Legal where possible will offer you a fixed fee or alternatively an hourly rate agreed upon in advance of us undertaking any work on your behalf. That way you are fully aware of the anticipated costs of the matter to be pursued and what work is to be undertaken for the price provided and agreed upon.
If you are a victim of domestic violence then we are not able to offer Legal Aid. We are not able to offer Legal Aid however please check our funding page for further advice. To discuss funding of a family law matter please contact us today on 01204 216401 for a free no obligation telephone consultation.