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I’ve had an accident and want to claim – how much will it cost?
If you have suffered an injury you may want to make a personal injury claim. If your compensation claim is likely to be for less than £25,000 then you may be able to make a “fast track” claim. The fast track hearing usually takes no more than one day.
There are four variations of fast track. These depend on how much money in damages might be awarded at trial.
The brackets are as follows:
Not more than £3,000
More than £3,000 but not more than £9,999
More than £10,000 but not more than £14,999
More than £15,000 (no higher than £25,000)
All trial fees are fixed and depend on the bracket relevant to your case (please see below in examples).
For the first two brackets we normally provide you with a junior barrister under 5 years of call. For the next two brackets we provide a barrister who has slightly more experience.
We would generally draw up for you a conditional fee agreement (CFA) which is a contract outlining the basis of the funding arrangement. With a CFA you only pay your barrister’s fees if your case is won and you receive damages. If your claim is unsuccessful you will not be left with a bill for legal work. We would charge you the following hourly rates:
2nd Six Pupil: £50-£100 + VAT (if registered)
1 – 4 years call: £100-£125 + VAT
5 – 6 years call: £125-£150 + VAT
7 – 8 years call: £150-£200 + VAT
Below we set out what we would expect to charge for work on a CFA basis at an hourly rate of £100 + VAT per hour, on a fast track case valued at not more than £3,000:
Drafting particulars of claim: £100 to £150 + VAT
Drafting advice: £50 to £100 + VAT
Conference: £250 + VAT
Trial: £500 + VAT
Total: £800 – £850 + VAT
Below is an example of a CFA fast track case valued between £3,000 – £9,999, at an hourly rate of £125 + VAT:
Drafting particulars of claim: £190 – £250 + VAT
Drafting advice: £125 – £190 + VAT
Conference: £315 + VAT
Trial: £710 + VAT
Total: £1,300 – £1,465 + VAT
See below an example of a CFA fast track case valued between £10,000 – £14,999, at an hourly rate of £150 + VAT:
Drafting particulars of claim: £300 – £375 + VAT
Drafting advice: £150 – £225 + VAT
Conference: £375 – £400 + VAT
Trial: £1,070 + VAT
Total: £1,895 – £2,070 + VAT
Finally, an example of a CFA fast track case valued at more than £15,000, at an hourly rate of £200 + VAT:
Drafting particulars of claim: £400 – £500 + VAT
Drafting advice: £200 – £400 + VAT
Conference: £600 – £700 + VAT
Trial: £1,705 + VAT
Total: £2,905 – £3,305 + VAT
These are guides. Each individual case is different and there may be more work involved prior to trial for more difficult cases.
If you are interested in discussing how we may be able to assist with your claim please contact our clerks.