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1. In cases that have been brought before a ‘Stage 3’ hearing, our team have secured an average 84% higher settlement than the defendants final offer.
(Correct up to March 2016)
2. Settlement values quoted are based on the average settlement for the financial year Sept 2014 – Aug 15. The exact figure is £11,569.21.
3. Figure taken from period 01.04.13 – 31.03.14
4. 2014 satisfaction survey results from 01.04.13 to 31.3.14; Outstanding – 73%, Very good – 22%, Good – 4%, Satisfactory – 1%)
5. On average, we secure compensation of £6,514.16 for clients who have suffered an accident at work. (Figure correct as of period 01.09.15 – 30.06.16)
6. Success rate based on claims that reached a full conclusion between 01.09.2015 to 30.06.2016
7. Figures taken from http://www.nationalsmilemonth.org/facts-figures/
8. Figures taken from http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/dentalhealth/Pages/Fearofthedentist.aspx
9. Figures taken from http://www.nationalsmilemonth.org/facts-figures/
10. Figures taken from https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/2014/07/03/2346gppsw2201314/
11. Figures taken from http://www.webmd.boots.com/oral-health/guide/gingivitis-periodontal-disease
12. On average, we have secured compensation of £16,937 for clients who have suffered an accident at work. (Figure correct for settled files closed in the period 01.09.16 – 31.05.17)
13. Most claims are funded through a no win, no fee/Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) to limit the financial risk to you in pursuing a claim. This is effectively a risk sharing agreement with us whereby you do not (provided you have been honest and straightforward) pay any of our charges if your case is not successful.
Our legal costs are only payable if your claim is successful. Whilst most of these costs will then be recovered from your opponent, there is likely to be a shortfall. That will be deducted from your final settlement award, and is capped at an agreed percentage to ensure that you retain the majority of the compensation awarded to you. Your representative will discuss the percentage with you over the telephone and the same will be set out in writing in the Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) and in your client care letter. It may be that the costs shortfall is less than the agreed cap, in which case, we will charge you the lower amount.
If your claim is unsuccessful, we will not ask you to pay or contribute to our legal costs provided that you have followed the terms of the signed CFA. There may be scenarios set out within the CFA where you are liable to meet the charges even if you do not win. An example of this would be where you stop instructing us, making it impossible to win your case, or provide us with information that you know to be false or misleading.
Should your claim be unsuccessful, there may be costs in relation to disbursements that we have paid on your behalf throughout the claim (such as medical record fees, medical report fees and Court fees) those disbursements are separate from our legal costs and it may be possible to take out an insurance policy to cover you against these charges. We will discuss with you at the outset your options in relation to that protection and the costs associated with the same.
Our team will discuss all your options with you at the outset. You will not be liable for any costs and disbursements until you have received and signed a copy of your Conditional Fee Agreement.
Full terms and conditions can be found in your Conditional Fee Agreement, client care letter and our Client Information Booklet which will be supplied to you at the start of your claim.