Fees and Payment
There are a variety of different ways to fund a personal injury case.
If you, or a member of your family, are part of a trade union it is all free - win or lose. You can learn more about the services available to union members on our dedicated trade union law site.
If you are not a member of a trade union, a member of our team can talk you through the various ways to fund your case. In most instances, we recommend what’s called a ‘Conditional Fee Agreement’ (CFA) – what’s commonly described as ‘no win, no fee’ – and that you take out an insurance policy before we issue proceedings.
A CFA means that if your case isn’t successful, there is no fee to you. Under this arrangement, Thompsons will carry the costs associated with pursuing your case – things like court fees, medical reports – as we go along. We will not send you bills to pay, there will be no hidden charges and if your case isn’t successful, you won’t have to pay anything towards your opponent’s costs.
If your case is successful, we will seek to recover our basic fees and costs from the other side. This is an important principle of the law in the UK, that is, the idea that ‘the polluter pays’.
If you win, a success fee will be charged to you. Any success fee that we charge in your case will be explained to you by the person dealing with your claim and confirmed in writing but will never be more than 25% of your damages.
Unlike other law firms, Thompsons has always been committed to representing those who need us the most, not those who can pay us the most. We are open and transparent about fees and costs and will advise you at the outset if we do not think your case has a genuine chance of success.
If you would like further explanation, advice or other information about legal costs, the funding arrangements for your case or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly legal enquiries team.