Funding your abuse claim

People understandably want to know what it will cost them to pursue a compensation claim for abuse. We offer funding arrangements that make justice affordable for everyone, including ‘no-win/no-fee’.

Here is a quick summary, including features you should expect from any firm that is acting for you.

No-win/no-fee

No-win/no-fee is available to all our clients, provided we feel you have a realistic chance of winning.

The beauty of this option is that subject to certain conditions your solicitor bears all of the up-front costs of pursuing your claim, including court costs and fees.

If your claim is unsuccessful you do not pay a penny. If your claim is successful, then the other side will pay some of your legal costs and you then pay the rest from your compensation.

We guarantee that we will not deduct more than 25% from your compensation payment (including VAT).

Legal expenses insurance

It is worth checking to see if you have legal expenses insurance, for example as part of a home insurance policy or as a bank or credit card account benefit

You will need to check the policy booklet to see if you are covered for specialist legal claims (such as abuse). If you are, then you are not obliged to use the law firm the insurer suggests.

Private payment

If no-win/no-fee is not for you, you can simply pay for your legal services, but always ask for a detailed, written estimate.

We assess cases in depth and use our experience to predict how likely you are to win and what it will cost you.

‘Damages based agreements’

We offer these plans in certain circumstances, where we feel there is a realistic chance of success.

There is nothing to pay ‘up-front’. Instead you pay for your legal fees from any compensation you receive. If the claim is unsuccessful you do not have to pay.

We guarantee that we will not deduct more than 25% from your compensation payment (including VAT). This incudes any unrecoverable costs and expenses, and our fees.


Below is a selection of organisations/instutions/bodies we are frequently instructed to pursue.

Schools

  • Private schools, boarding schools, local authority schools, closed schools, hospital schools.

Charities

  • The Scouts Association, St Johns Ambulance, MIND, the Children’s Society, Barnados.

Private companies

  • Football trainers, judo teachers, dance instructors, swimming instructors, holiday activity centres, nurseries, youth clubs.

Local Authorities/Ministry of Defence

  • County Councils, Borough Councils, City Councils, ILEA, cadets, navy/ army (forces).

National Health Service Trusts/Commissioning Boards/GPs

  • Hospitals, Disability care centres, children’s care providers.

Perpetrators

  • Convicted perpetrators, acquitted perpetrators.

Children’s Homes

  • Respite care, full time children’s home, part-time children’s homes.

Religious Institutions

  • Roman Catholic Church, United Synagogue, Sisters of Nazareth, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Brothers Order.

Foster Carers

  • Permanent carers, temporary carers

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