The Court of Appeal has upheld the decisions of District Judge Bellamy (first instance) and Soole J (on appeal) that a 100% success fee in a low value personal injury claim which was fixed without any reference to the actual risk involved amounted to a cost of “an unusual nature or amount” under CPR 46.9(3)(c).
Managing a client’s expectations in litigation can be difficult. Where there is no CFA, the client has the privilege of being able to ignore his/her solicitors’ advice, holding out for whatever result they desire, however unrealistic, or simply having their day in court. However, what can you do about a client who refuses to accept your advice about making a settlement offer when acting under a CFA?
Court of Appeal addresses arguments relating to defective, co-existing and implied retainers, as well as deed of rectifications relating to conditional fee agreements.
Court of Appeal decides that a pre-April 1 2013 CFA was novated when a claimant agreed to instruct a replacement firm – but that LASPO transitional rules allow their success fee to be recovered regardless.
Pre-LASPO 2012 CFA can be transferred between firms, Master Leonard decides