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Nearly everyone involved in a litigation claim worries about the cost of those proceedings. This is entirely understandable. Court claims can be time consuming and unpredictable, even with the best of planning. Our team at FWJ can help remove this stress. We know all of the alternative funding solutions available in the market place. Whatever your claim - we can help.

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Overview

When faced with a legal claim, one of the key considerations for any potential party is how the legal action will be funded. Legal claims can be expensive and the time for resolution of the claim is often unpredictable – as can be the outcome. A potential party to litigation also needs to consider the risk that they are ordered to pay a financial sum to their opponent or their opponent’s legal fees.

Legal costs are most commonly funded by clients paying for their solicitor’s time. But this can cause problems for clients with limited amounts of money or whee the risks are high.

But there are solutions.

  • taking early advice surrounding alternative funding options is crucial for any potential party to a dispute.
  • every case is different – but many law firms tend to go for the “one size fits all approach”.
  • We don’t do this – we will find the funding solution that works for you.

Alternative funding arrangements – how we can help

Francis Wilks & Jones is used to advising potential litigants of available alternative funding options. These may include:

Early consideration of alternative funding arrangements can directly impact the strategy for your case, the direction of your claim, the stage at which settlement is likely and the amount of any settlement award. We will work with you to identify the options available for funding your case so that you can make an informed decision at the outset.

Litigation funding

Litigation funding is the financial arrangement by which a law firm’s client makes arrangements to pay the law firm’s fees, in circumstances where they cannot pay such fees up front.  

The litigation funding arrangements are usually entered into between the solicitor and the client directly, where they agree a circumstance in which the solicitor’s fees will become payable (usually at the successful conclusion of the instruction). 

Examples of litigation funding include conditional fee agreements and damages based agreements.

Where you have a potential claim and are looking for litigation funding, we would be happy to assess whether we could fund your claim, for example, via a conditional fee agreement or damages based agreement.  To do so, we would need to understand your claim, its legal basis, its financial value, the chances of success against your opponent, whether your claim is out of time (under the Limitation Act 1980) and also whether your opponent is able to pay any judgment awarded and costs.

Third party funding

Third party funders are funding institutions that provide access to finance for potential litigants to legal action. The funding will often fund all solicitors’ costs and disbursements associated with legal action. However, alternative models also exist (eg those that provide funding for disbursements only).

  • these funders tend to be supported by investors and will work in a similar way to any private funding institution
  • the main purpose of the funding being for the third party funder to obtain a profitable return on their investment.

In the main, third party funding is used by claimants to a legal action. However, it can also extend to the defence of claims and even out of court non-contentious negotiations where legal assistance needs to be funded.

We work with a network of third party funders and can assist by introducing you to a funder who may be prepared to fund any legal claim you may have. A funder would need to understand your claim, its legal basis, its financial value, the chances of success against your opponent, whether your claim is out of time (under the Limitation Act 1980) and also whether your opponent is able to pay any judgment awarded and costs.


At Francis Wilks & Jones, we are fully aware of the options available for funding litigation and will work with you to assess the most appropriate funding model for your case. Our expert team would be happy to speak with you about your legal claim. Call us today.

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Conditional fee arrangements

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Third party costs orders

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