Private funding—family proceedings
Private funding—family proceedings

The following Family practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Private funding—family proceedings
  • Professional obligations
  • Costs information
  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • Potential liability for costs
  • Funding options

A matter will be privately funded where:

  1. the client has agreed to pay their costs from their own resources, and

  2. their obligation to pay is not conditional on a certain event occurring, eg winning their case

See Practice Note: Funding—charging for family law services as to the different ways in which privately funded cases may be approached.

Professional obligations

From 25 November 2019, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Standards and Regulations 2019 are in force, replacing the SRA Handbook and Code of Conduct 2011. Mandatory outcomes and non-mandatory indicative behaviours are replaced with a more principles-based regulatory scheme.

The key requirements of the SRA Standards and Regulations 2019 include the SRA:

  1. Principles

  2. Code of Conduct for Solicitors, registered European lawyers (RELs) and registered foreign lawyers (RFLs) (SRA Code of Conduct for Solicitors) 2019

  3. Code of Conduct for Firms 2019

  4. Accounts Rules 2019, and

  5. Glossary

For further guidance, see Practice Note: The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regime 2019 for family lawyers.

Costs information

One of the most common causes of complaints by clients arises from a lack of clarity around costs. Being clear on costs at the outset in a client care letter, and as the matter progresses, can help prevent this. Practitioners should ensure that clients receive the best possible information about how their matter will be priced and, both at the time of engagement and when appropriate as their matter

Popular documents