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Terms used in legal actions
The hourly rate that most solicitors charge to do your legal work.
What used to be called legal aid. This is a fund of government money to help people pay in certain circumstances who can't afford to pay for a legal case themselves.
A way of paying for your case, also known as 'no-win, no-fee'.
When someone sues you in response to you suing them.
The money you win, either in court, or if you settle out of court.
Expenses paid by the solicitor above and beyond the basic charges, to work on your case. This may include court fees, accident-report fees or expert witnesses' fees, as well as paying for a barrister to argue your case if it goes to court.
Insurance taken out to protect against financial loss as a result of going to court.
When the court dismisses your claim or you stop the claim.
The amount that your solicitor will add to your bill if you win your claim.
When the court decides in your favour, or you settle out of court.
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In some cases, your solicitor may be prepared to pursue your legal claim on a 'no win, no fee' basis. This means that the solicitor (or her law firm) will take the risk that your claim fails. Ordinarily, though, the solicitor will want a 'success fee' or 'uplift' as compensation for taking this risk.
Generally, in fast track and multi track cases the courts' approach is that 'costs follow the event', which means that if you win your case you are entitled to recover your litigationcosts from the losing party.
Apart from family or criminal matters, many types of claim are suitable for Conditional Fee Agreements, more commonly known as 'no win, no fee agreements'. This article sets out the pros and cons of using such agreements.
The costs of bringing legal action, particularly in relation to civil claims, are unfortunately for a lot of people extremely high. Despite the introduction of the civil procedural rules to, amongst other things, deal with this issue, the average man or woman is still extremely unlikely to be able to afford to bring a civil litigation claim in the UK without financial assistance. If you are considering a claim and decide to visit a solicitor for legal advice, the solicitor should also discuss with you options for funding the case.
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