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We have a dedicated department dealing with most types of civil disputes. The civil litigation process is governed by the Civil Procedure Rules, which places strict responsibility on lawyers to progress cases efficiently. Any unreasonable delay or failure to disclose relevant information may result in financial sanctions and or adverse orders being made by the court. It is therefore very important that prompt and full instructions are provided by you the client to us at all times.
Litigation can be very expensive. It is therefore prudent to explore all avenues of negotiation before embarking upon litigation. Sometimes mediation or arbitration can be preferred alternatives to litigation depending on the nature and complexity of the case. Litigation is undertaken on an hourly rate basis. We will give you the best estimate we can, based on the information we have available to us of your potential costs if the case goes to trial.
Funding: We may be able to offer you a funding arrangement to suit your needs. Please note the successful party is no longer able to recover any success fee uplift that may be agreed between client and solicitor. Any appliable success fee in connection with the Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) is payable by the client. Pleasenote that a CFA entered into between solicitor and client does not cover any counsel’s fees. Copunsel must agree to enter into a separate CFA with us. If you opt to t ake out after the event insurance (ATE) to safegaurd you against the costs of the other party in the event that you lose, you will have to pay the premium for the ATE if your case is succesful. The premium is not recoverable from the losing party.
Injuries and Accidents
If you are injured in a motor accident, at work, on somebody else’s property, or even if you hurt yourself because there is a hole in the pavement, you may be able to claim compensation. The law imposes a high duty of care on drivers, employers, property occupiers, businesses and Local Authorities. The claim can include loss of income, all additional expenses which you have incurred, loss of future prospects and general damages for pain and suffering. With serious injuries the sums awarded can be very large. Many defendants are insured and the vast majority of all claims are settled out of court and your costs are paid as part of the settlement. Even if this is not possible, it may be possible to enter into a “no win no fee” arrangement with your solicitor. After The Event Insurance may also be possible to cover your disbursements and protect you against third party costs in the event the claim is lost.
Please call to discuss any possible claim at the earliest opportunity as there are time limits within which claims must be brought. Even if you can’t come in to see us personally, we can often help by talking to a friend or relative about your case and making arrangements to visit at home or in hospital if you are indisposed.
Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.Hugh-Jones LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales (registered number OC357903, registered office as above) and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Any reference to partner in relation to Hugh-Jones LLP is to a member of Hugh-Jones LLP. "The word 'partner' is used to refer to a member of the LLP or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing/or qualification."