Our agreement to act for you on a conditional fee ("no win no fee") basis is subject to an assessment that you have a personal injury claim for compensation that in our opinion is likely to succeed.
Farnworth Rose will pay you £100 within 7 days of receipt of confirmation from the relevant medical expert instructed in your case that you have attended his/her practice for medical assessment. You agree to comply with our standard Terms of Business that will be sent to you following our confirmation to act for you in this matter. The most important elements of the
Terms of Business are that you provide us with accurate instructions in relation to your accident claim and provide us promptly with any further information that we may need to pursue your claim. We reserve the right to reclaim the payment from you if you provide misleading information or do not co-operate with us during your claim.
Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”)
When will I receive my £100?
Following our agreement to act for you under a "no win no fee" agreement we will forward a cheque to you in the sum of £100 within 7 days of our receiving confirmation from the relevant medical expert of your attendance for assessment.
Once you have asked us to act for you we will, as quickly as possible, make an assessment of the claim. This may include some further investigation of the defendant’s position regarding insurance (eg do they have legal services cover as part of an insurance policy, enabling them to pay compensation to you). We can conclude this form of investigation very quickly. We may also need to speak to any witnesses to see whether they corroborate the account of the accident.
It is difficult to say exactly how long this process will take, but we will try to conclude our investigations as quickly as possible. It would normally take about 4-8 weeks to carry out a standard investigation. It might take less time, sometimes it might take a little longer.
Provided we are satisfied that a claim has a reasonable chance of success it will qualify for the scheme, we will enter into a conditional fee agreement and pay you the £100 payment.
The pre-payment of £100.00 to you following successful qualification for the scheme shall be deducted from the compensation you receive. You shall receive 100% of the compensation due to you at the conclusion of your claim.
What if I lose my claim, will I have to pay the £100 back?
No, we make the payment win or lose.
Is this legal?
Yes, the Solicitors Code of Conduct establishes rules that prohibit the ways in which we are able to pay a "third party" such as a Claims Company to refer a client to us. Those rules do not prevent us from making payments to clients directly.
Why are you doing this?
We can buy cases in from claims management companies, but we would rather see you receiving the money.
It is important to know that claims management companies do not pursue your claim for you. They are not allowed to and are not qualified to deal with court proceedings and as such cannot represent you if your case progresses to court. As soon as you instruct a claims management company, they will normally sell your claim to a firm of solicitors like us.
The solicitors can be based in any location and have varying levels of experience. The solicitors typically pay anything between £500-£1000 to the claims management company per case.
Claims management companies are “middle men”, advertising for your claim before selling your details on to a firm of solicitors. Which solicitor they chose to sell to is often based on which firm is prepared to pay for the details. The company does not necessarily consider which firm is best suited to deal with the claim.
This is why we believe that you should receive the payment. If YOU choose who you want to act for you, YOU should receive some of the benefit.