Conditional cost agreements are generally reserved for personal injury that lasts several years and carries a significant risk of debt success. A conditional cost agreement is similar to what is often called the “No Win, No Fee” agreement, but the main difference is the clause to increase legal fees, which must be charged up to 25% in the event of a favourable outcome. Whether a conditional cost agreement is appropriate for your case depends on the circumstances of the case and you should discuss this option with your lawyer at the beginning of a case. For any legal matter, regardless of value, you must have a cost agreement with your client. Although the deal is likely to be less than $750 and you will not have to provide a full cost statement, you still need to have a cost agreement. You will receive a copy of our conditional pricing agreement if we accept your application. You can read it and ask your devoted lawyer any questions you may have so that you are aware of what the agreement means to you. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the increase in the order of these cases was about 40% in the previous system. If this is the case, the likely outcome of a maximum premium percentage of 25% is either a reduction in such cases supported by the profession or the pressure on the base rate on which the premium is calculated to offer the same level of return as an increase of around 40%. Regulations may be adopted to vary the maximum percentage of costs or to distinguish the circumstances: s 187 (4). Some commentators are optimistic that this section allows the government to increase the percentage of contributions.

It is much more likely to be used to reduce premiums in certain sensitive consumer sectors. A conditional pricing agreement must be written and must relate specifically to the conditions that affect it. In the past, lawyers were previously prohibited from offering CCAs to their clients because they had such “speculative” agreements, to which they automatically gave a direct financial interest to lawyers. You should agree with your lawyer on the terms of your contingency fee agreements before your application begins. Another advantage of the 25% cap is that if, for some reason or another, your compensation does not cover your legal costs, you will not ask you to cover them, since we have already agreed that we will not receive more than 25% of your final compensation. If you think your client has a good chance of succeeding, you can also include a condition for paying a “buoyancy fee.”