Review My Solicitors Fees
I appointed my solicitor before April 2013 and I have had money deducted from my compensation. Can I complain?
Prior to April 2013 most solicitors limited their fees to what the opponent were prepared to pay in addition to the compensation. So you should have received 100% of your compensation, and the solicitor should have been paid in addition. Whilst there may be circumstances where the solicitor legitimately deducted money from your compensation, this should never come as a surprise and you should have been made aware of this before the work was carried out. If this was not the case then you may be able to do something about it and we can help.
I appointed my solicitor after 1st April 2013 and I have had to pay fees from my compensation. Is this right?
Due to changes made by the government, where you appoint a solicitor after 1 April 2013 there are now restrictions on what legal fees can be recovered by your opponent. Unfortunately the government’s reforms have resulted in insurance companies maintaining large profits at the expense of the innocent victim who often now has to pay some fees from their compensation.
But your solicitor has a professional obligation to explain everything to you, and must comply with the legal profession’s code of conduct. There are many pitfalls here for solicitors, many of whom have been slow to fully understand their revised obligations in the new regime. If the solicitor has not done everything correctly, then we can help and we might be able to get you some or all of the money back that has been deducted from your compensation.
We can help
At Hayward Baker Solicitors we will review your solicitor’s file for you and give you a second opinion. If we feel that your solicitor has not complied with their professional obligations we will advise you on what you can do about it. There are normally a number of options which range from making a complaint to pursing a claim in negligence against the solicitors. If we feel that the solicitor has done everything correctly, then at least you have the peace of mind of knowing this, and it will not have cost you anything for this second opinion.
In order for us to provide you with a second opinion all we need you to do is click the image link below and provide us with the details requested. We will then send you a form for you to sign to authorise us to obtain the file.