ATE/CFA


CA upholds firm’s costs entitlement after terminating CFA

A law firm which stopped acting for a client after she refused to heed its advice to accept an offer to settle her case is entitled to recover the costs due from her under a CFA, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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ALF membership “not enough” to guarantee funder will pay

Membership of the Association of Litigation Funders is not enough reassurance that a funder will pay up in the face of a large liability for costs, the High Court has ruled.

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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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