At Hodge Jones & Allen we understand that you do not want to add financial worries to the problems you already have. We will clearly set out all your funding options as soon as we know the details of your case. We want to give you every assurance that we would never incur costs on your behalf without your full agreement and knowledge.
There are a number of options to fund your case which are set out below.
Legal Aid If you are on a low income or means tested benefits you may be entitled to Legal Aid. Legal Aid is provided by a government body, the Legal Aid Agency, and can help to pay for legal advice. There is a two stage test to determine eligibility for Legal Aid, a merits test and a means test. You will usually have to provide details of your income, benefits and property. If you are under 18 you may have to provide details of your parent’s or guardian’s income.
Legal Aid is only available for specific types of cases. Our specialist lawyers dealing with your case can assess your eligibility for Legal Aid.
Conditional Fee Arrangements (‘CFAs’) If your case is a personal injury or human rights case we may be able to offer you a Conditional Fee Arrangement, also known as a no win, no fee agreement as an alternative to paying for the case privately. We do not offer a CFA for employment cases.
Under the CFA agreement, we will not charge you for any work done on the case by us unless you win your case so long as you abide by the terms of the agreement.
You ‘win’ if your opponent agrees or is ordered to pay you damages. If you lose, you pay us nothing. If you win you can generally expect your opponent to be ordered to pay most of your legal costs. However, due to new rules limiting cost recovery introduced by the government on 1st April 2013, not all costs will be recoverable from the Defendant , nor do they have to pay the premium for the insurance cover that would need to be taken out in your case to protect you against the Defendant’s costs and your own disbursements, which we will explain in more detail should this funding option be appropriate in your case.
For this reason, if your claim is successful, there will need to be a deduction from your compensation at the end of the case. The level of this deduction will depend on each case.
Legal Expenses insurance In some cases you may have a Legal Expenses Insurance policy attached to your household or your car insurance. We can check whether any policies you already have will cover your legal costs.
Private Rates We can also act for you on a private basis if none of the above funding options are available to you. Our rates change from time to time so contact us if you would like further details of our private rates.