ATE/CFA


High Court: CFA was a contentious business agreement

A conditional fee agreement (CFA) can be a contentious business agreement under the Solicitors Act 1974, the High Court has ruled – but that did not mean every CFA was one.

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Partners made “secret profit” from flight delay ATE insurance

Two law firm partners who made a “secret profit” by opting thousands of flight delay clients into an after-the-event insurance policy have been fined a total of £55,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

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Law firm entitled to fees from CFA after claimant’s death

A law firm which guaranteed clients there would be “no hidden, nasty surprises” could claim over £30,000 in fees from the estate of a deceased asbestosis claimant, the High Court has ruled

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Commercial ATE insurers “should rethink merits test”

After-the-event insurers should consider lowering the merits test if they want to attract more commercial work, senior litigators have suggested.

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Eversheds scores big-ticket work with funding offer

Global firm Eversheds Sutherland has launched ‘Total Dispute Finance’ in a push that it says has already attracted high-value work from competitors.

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Court looks to commercial sense behind “ambiguous” CFA

An “ambiguous” CFA needed to be interpreted by reference to the “commercial common sense of the relationship” between a law firm and ATE insurer, the High Court has ruled.

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Turnover continues to rise at ARAG despite ATE blockage

Leading legal expenses insurer ARAG has reported double-digit growth in its BTE business and a ninth year in profit, despite what it said were the “challenging market conditions” for ATE.

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Solicitors right to throw off “shackles” of legal aid for CFA

The High Court has described as “reasonable” a decision by claimant lawyers that they needed the “freedom” of a CFA and shake off “the shackles” of legal aid to properly conduct a claim.

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