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4. How do I know what I will have to pay?
It is important to get a written estimate of all the likely costs from your solicitor before they start to work on your case, even though you may not have to pay these costs under a 'no- win, no-fee' agreement.
Remember that a 'no-win, no-fee' agreement removes some of the uncertainty and financial risk of taking legal action, but it doesn't remove all of it. And remember that at this stage you are getting only an estimate. The final cost may be higher if, for example, the case takes longer than expected.
The Law Society, the professional organisation for all solicitors in England and Wales, has a model conditional-fee (no-win, no-fee) agreement, which many solicitors use as a basis for their own agreement for their clients. Solicitors' professional regulations say that your solicitor must explain their agreement to you.
If you win, you will have to pay:
However, your opponent will be ordered to pay most, if not all, of these charges.
If you lose, you will have to pay:
This leaflet is published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with Roger Bolt of Bolt Burdon Kemp.
Leaflet Version: October 2019
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