We charge our clients on the basis of hourly rates agreed at the outset of the case.
We also recognise, however, that it is not just wealthy or well-known individuals and corporations who are subjected to false or intrusive publications and who need specialist legal representation. Yet for individuals and entities of modest means, the cost of litigating against a large and wealthy opponent can be prohibitive – as can the prospect of having to pay the other side’s costs if the claim is unsuccessful.
No Win No Fee | Conditional Fee Agreement
For this reason, we will on occasion agree to represent clients on the basis of Conditional Fee (“no win, no fee”) Agreements in defamation and privacy cases, where the merits permit and where the other party will be able to meet any order for costs and damages that might be made against them at the end of the case. We are proud of the fact that over the past 15 years this CFA scheme has enabled us to act successfully for clients ranging from bus drivers, nurses and soldiers, to scientists and charities, and who would not otherwise have had access to justice.
After The Event (ATE) Insurance
As well as the CFA scheme, we are one of the few firms to have delegated authority, through Temple Legal Protection Limited (www.temple-legal.co.uk) to offer after the event (ATE) Insurance with deferred premiums, which protects against the risk of paying the opponent’s costs. We also work with many QCs and junior barristers who are also willing to work on a “no win no fee” basis on cases that we are backing.
Costs reforms for CFAs in defamation and privacy cases, which may affect the suitability of a case for CFA representation, take effect in new cases after 6 April 2019.