Before you can make any decision as to whether you wish to engage in resolving a dispute and/or pursue or defend litigation, you will need to understand how much the process will cost, when fees will need to be paid and the options for funding the likely costs.
Litigation typically involves three specific types of charges:
Your own solicitor’s fees and charges;
Expenses and disbursements, for example: barristers’ fees, experts’ fees and court fees; and
The costs incurred by your opponent in defending or pursuing a claim, which you may agree or be ordered to pay if you are unsuccessful.
In addition, you may choose to incur additional costs to reduce the risk of paying all or some of the charges described above (such as an insurance premium).
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Options for funding disputes
The types of funding that may be available and suitable for you will depend on several factors:
the merits of your claim,
the remedy you are seeking,
the value of your claim, and
whether you are bringing or defending a claim.
If the prospects of a claim are strong enough, we will work with you to find a suitable funding arrangement to enable you to seek redress and manage the costs of litigation.
Which payment liabilities are covered under each funding arrangement?
Type of funding
Paying my legal costs with Wright Hassall
Paying your own disbursements (external expenses)
Paying your opponent's costs and disbursements
Normal hourly rates
Conditional fee agreements
Damages based agreements
After the event insurance
Membership organisations & associations
Third party funding
Specialist litigation funding
Bespoke advice to your own claim
We recognise that legal fees can be an unexpected expenditure that you are facing. When you instruct us to represent you in either bringing or defending a claim or resolving a dispute, we will consider all of the above options with you. This process will be tailored to your claim, your own personal circumstances, and will factor in your opponent’s costs and disbursements. In making any funding recommendation, our objective will be to ensure that you have the most beneficial package in place to allow you to proceed with your matter knowing that all fee arrangements, insurance and funding matters have been fully explored.
Not all alternative funding arrangements will be suitable for all matters and Wright Hassall is under no obligation to offer any alternative funding arrangements to you.