Letter explaining CFA—conditional fees from 1 April 2013—clinical negligence
Letter explaining CFA—conditional fees from 1 April 2013—clinical negligence

The following Practice Compliance precedent provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Letter explaining CFA—conditional fees from 1 April 2013—clinical negligence

Standard CFA (success fee and costs insurance premium not recoverable inter partes)

We have discussed various options for funding your costs, such as:

  1. legal expense insurance, eg under your house or car insurance

  2. via a trade union or other membership organisation

  3. by a third party funding agreement

  4. by legal aid

  5. [add any other method you may have discussed]

It appears that none of these options is available or suitable and we have therefore agreed to act on a no-win-no-fee basis. This is called a conditional fee agreement or CFA and we have enclosed the agreement with this letter. We are satisfied that the CFA is suitable for your needs and takes account of your best interests.

Key features of no-win-no-fee

The table below shows what you will be liable to pay if you win your case and whether you can claim those costs from your opponent.

Costs you are liable to pay if you win your caseCan you claim these costs from your opponent
Our base costs, which depend on how much time we spend on your case and are calculated on the hourly rates set out in the attached CFAGenerally, you can expect to recover a proportion of our base costs from your opponent—usually in the region of two thirds.
Certain factors can reduce the amount of base costs you recover from your
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