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Yorkshire solicitor issues alert over proposed legal fees reform
York based civil solicitor Sally-Ann Robinson, has warned national changes in the law could mean a more American-style legal system in England and lawyers being awarded some of their clients’ compensation.
At present, English solicitors can offer clients a “no win, no fee” service, which means the losers pay all the costs of the winners in personal injury and clinical negligence cases.
All the compensation awarded in such goes to the client.
But with a review report into civil litigation costs, which, if implemented, would change who pays for solicitors’ fees. The report is moving towards a more American-style system where lawyers act on a contingency fee basis and receive a percentage of the client’s damages for their fees. This may lead to an increase in damages for victims of personal injury and clinical negligence.
The proposal may also have the potential to put an end to unwelcome cold call and High Street canvassing.
Sally-Ann Robinson, is a partner and head of the claimant personal injury and clinical negligence department at York based Langleys.