Mike Greenstein is a personal injury and medical negligence Solicitor and Partner for Goodge Law with over 25 years experience. He is efficient and skilled at giving advice taking all the worry out of the process for you.
The following fee information describes the funding options which may be offered. Not all of these options will be available or appropriate for every case. Each matter is different. We will discuss with you the options available and ways of funding your case to allow you to make the correct decision.
Many people do not have the money ready for to pay legal costs to seek redress and obtain compensation. As personal injury and medical negligence solicitors, we are therefore able to act on your behalf under a number of schemes: Conditional Fee Agreement (commonly known as “no win-no fee agreements”), Legal Expenses Insurance or private funding.
Many cases are funded through “no win-no fee” agreements which are known as a Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs), which cover our fees for working on your case.
In almost all cases, if your claim is not successful, you will not have to pay anything at all. If your case is successful, we are usually able to recover a proportion of the costs from the losing defendant. However, you will need to contribute a sum from your compensation towards costs which cannot be recovered from the defendant. Most of our clients fund their case under a Conditional Fee Agreement. We will provide you with all the information that you require and we will answer any questions that you may have about this type of funding.
In many cases it will be necessary to obtain an After the Event insurance (ATE) policy to cover the risk of failing to recover your expenses such as court or medical report fees and the other side’s costs.
If you have legal expenses cover, either as a stand-alone insurance policy or as part of another insurance policy, such as household or credit card insurance, you may be able to use it to fund some, or all, of your claim. You might also have legal expenses cover through your membership of a trade union or other organisation.
If you believe that you have legal expenses cover, please let us know at the beginning of your case. Legal expenses insurance usually requires you to notify the insurer within six months of the incident for which you are seeking the insurance.
Even where an Insurer has its own preferred solicitors, it may be possible that we can act for you under the policy.
If other funding options are not available to you or you would prefer not to use them, you may wish to consider funding the claim privately. If so, we will let you have details of our terms and conditions of business including our hourly rate.
We will discuss with you the pros and cons of privately funding a claim before we begin work.
We will let you know during the initial consultation process which types of funding are available to you. We will ensure you understand the position regarding funding your case and are happy with this before you instruct us to proceed and investigate your claim.