Personal Injury Funding Update

22nd June 2013
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Personal Injury Funding Update

We reported in our “News Section” on 6th March 2013 that changes were being made to “No Win No Fee” Agreements in Personal Injury claims.

Following the law changes that have effect from 1st April 2013, there are two possible “No Win No Fee” options available in Personal Injury cases. These are Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) or Damages Based Agreements (DBA). 

A CFA involves a success fee, which is a mark up or enhancement that the Solicitor can charge for in effect taking the risk of losing the case and not getting paid at all.  Under previous rules the client would recover the success fee from the other party in the event of a successful claim. 

Under current rules this will not be possible, so that the client/claimant will be responsible for the success fee and have to pay this to the Solicitor. 

A DBA involves an agreement that the Solicitor takes a certain percentage of the client’s damages/compensation in the event of a win. 

We have now started taking on cases post-1st April 2013 under CFA’s, by adopting the model agreement that has been published by the Law Society in May of this year.  However at this stage we regret to report that we are unable to offer a DBA since currently the Law Society has advised that  there may be legal problems with such agreements relating to their enforceability.  We shall keep the position under review.

If you are considering making a Personal Injury claim and want advice about funding options then please contact Daven Naghen on 01775 722261, or email or write to us at 23 New Road, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 1DH.

You should note that we do offer a free initial consultation to assess the merits of your case and to consider funding options with you. 

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Dementia Friends

Maples Solicitors are proud to announce that they have now joined to become Dementia Friends which is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative.

The private client department of Maples Solicitors prepare Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney on a regular basis and this often involves dealing with clients who are suffering from dementia. The private client team pride themselves on spending as much time as is necessary to assist all of their clients, but those suffering from dementia often require additional assistance and time to ensure that they have fully understood the legal documentation that they are creating. The private client department are regularly complimented on the way they deal with such clients, whether this be explaining things to them in a clear and uncomplicated manner, spending time with them or putting them at ease.

It is a misconception that anyone suffering from dementia cannot make a Will or Lasting Power of Attorney. Only if someone lacks sufficient mental capacity are they unable to make such a document. It is therefore vitally important upon any diagnosis of dementia that legal advice is taken as soon as possible to make sure that your affairs are in order so that it is easier for your family to deal with your affairs if you are unable to do so yourself.

To become Dementia Friends, Maples Solicitors have pledged to develop their understanding of dementia and continue assisting clients suffering from dementia with their legal affairs in a respectful, friendly and efficient way that is not daunting making the process as easy as possible.

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