Funding a Claim

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Options for funding your case

There are different ways to fund your case. The best option for you will depend on the nature of your case and your personal circumstances. Here are the choices available:

  • No Win, No Fee.
  • Legal Aid / Legal Help.
  • Legal Expenses Insurance.
  • Trade Union Funding.
  • Private Funding.

At Hudgell Solicitors, we are committed to fighting for the people who need our help the most, not those who can pay the most. We are transparent about our fees, so you know what to expect and avoid any nasty surprises.

Funding options in detail

No Win, No Fee

Many of the cases we handle are funded through ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreements. We always explore other funding options, but often, this is the most suitable choice.

With our ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreement (also known as a ‘Conditional Fee Agreement’ or ‘CFA’), we share the risk with you. Simply put, we only get paid if you win your case. If you don’t win, you won’t owe us anything.

In the event of a successful case, we aim to recover our charges and expenses from the party responsible (the person or party at fault). However, you may need to contribute to these costs.

What sets us apart from many law firms is our commitment to capping the amount deducted from any settlement. This means right from the start of your case, you’ll have a clear understanding of any potential charges. We call this the “Hudgells’ Price Promise.”

There are no hidden fees, and your lawyer will provide a detailed explanation of this process. Importantly, we will never request upfront payments for case-related expenses like court fees and expert reports unless we’ve secured a victory in your case, or you have breached the terms of the ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreement.

No win, no fee

Legal Aid & Legal Help

At Hudgell Solicitors, we take pride in being among the select few legal firms dedicated to offering Legal Aid and Legal Help whenever possible.

Legal Aid and Legal Help are government-funded schemes administered by the Legal Aid Agency, designed to assist individuals who may not have the means to cover their entire legal expenses.

When applying for Legal Aid or Legal Help, you’ll typically need to demonstrate that you can’t afford to pay for legal representation.

Legal Aid/Legal Help is only available at a limited number of specialised law firms. The Legal Aid Agency employs a rigorous selection process to ensure that each firm possesses the requisite skills and expertise for legal aid work.

Currently, we offer Legal Aid/Legal Help for various cases: actions against the police or a state body, inquests and claims involving potential breaches of the Human Rights Act.

Additionally, we offer Legal Aid funding for specific types of medical negligence compensation claims, primarily involving children who have sustained neurological injuries leading to severe disability during pregnancy, childbirth, or the first eight weeks of a child’s life.

After discussing your case with you, we will assess whether Legal Aid or Legal Help is available and guide you through the application process in more detail, with your dedicated lawyer offering expert advice.

Legal Expenses Insurance

You might be surprised to learn that your home, car, and travel insurance policies sometimes include legal expenses cover.

It’s often an optional add-on, so it’s a good idea to review all your policies to check if they provide legal expenses coverage for you or a household member. In some cases, this coverage is even included with your bank account or credit card.

If you discover that you have legal expenses insurance, we are here to assist you in reaching out to your insurer, bank, or credit card company to explore the possibility of funding your case.

Even if you or someone in your household didn’t have legal expenses insurance at the time of the accident or incident, there may still be a chance to claim legal expenses cover through your insurer.

Trade Union Funding

If you or someone in your household is a trade union member, you may have access to advice and representation as part of your membership subscription.

Even if you or a household member are no longer part of a trade union but were at the time of the accident or incident, there may still be an opportunity to seek legal expenses coverage from the union.

If you’re uncertain about whether your trade union offers legal expenses cover, please inform us, and we’ll enquire on your behalf.

Private Funding

You have the option to finance your case using your own funds, but we generally advise against this, especially if you’re seeking compensation.

The reason for this is that every case involves some level of risk, and even if you win, there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to recover all your legal costs from the other party.

If you are considering private funding for your case, we will have a detailed discussion about rates and costs estimates after we have assessed your claim.

Our client reviews

We’re always committed to getting the optimum outcome for you.

Hudgell Solicitors took my case on and my expectations were exceeded. All persons at Hudgell are professional and courteous. My claim was one against Norfolk Police. Without going into details, the Police had clearly been in the wrong and were in process of accusing me of exactly what they had actually done to me and a further cover up of the truth. Hudgell took my instructions and were in contact with me during the whole process and brought about a very satisfactory outcome. To be clear...Satisfactory is a very good outcome. I would recommend Hudgell without question. I feel I have been treated respectfully and my case notes were engrained into those at Hudgell that helped me get a conclusion to the most heinous acts from the Norfolk Police.
5 Stars
Philip Moore
My brother was the victim of quite a bad motorcycle accident where he was not at fault. Sadly he only held third party cover so whilst he was in hospital I was asked by him to find a solicitor to claim against the third party. After doing some research I chose Hudgell to help us (even tho Neil Hudgell is the owner of the dreaded Hull KR and I am a massive FC fan). INITIAL CONTACT I made contact by phone and this was a simple conversation. The member of staff was very friendly and extremely helpful. All the questions I had were dealt with and I was very happy with the outcome of the call. FOLLOWING INITAL CONTACT. Within half an hour of contacting Hudgell’s a senior manager made contact with me and discussed what would happen next. Again this was very personal and really helpful. After another half an hour Sam (my brother’s now solicitor) called me. We chatted about what had happened and what he was planning to do initially. Sam was really friendly and understanding. He put me at ease right away and explained everything clearly and directly answering all questions I had. Within a week of the claim being opened Sam and Laura (Chartered Legal Executive) visited my brother in hospital. They helped put him at ease immediately and talked through what would happen, what their objectives were and also but more importantly made my brother understand that they would do everything to help him in any way he needed. After this meeting in the hospital we were happy that this claim was in safe hands. Sam the Solicitor A very friendly chap who shoots from the hip and tells you a spade is a spade. A chap who doesn’t make promises he can’t keep. A really likable man who you would want to have a pint with and we did not always look at him as the solicitor. He kept us updated at all stages and was always contactable. I did have one heated conversation with Sam BUT this was a good thing. I say this because he is very passionate about his job sometimes when a third person (me) is acting on behalf of the victim (my brother) it can be a little hard at times to please everyone. He took all we threw at him and directed us really well. Sam thank you for all your hard work, your support and the outcome. Laura Chartered Legal Executive What can I say about Laura, an absolute gem this lady is. Professional, very committed to her job, compassionate, More than helpful, caring and really cared in my opinion about my brother and his recovery. Every contact we had with Laura was amazing. She is one of those people who puts you at ease right away. Laura dealt with every problem with put at her feet, every question we had she dealt with and if she could not answer there and then she would find the answers we needed. If we had a problem she would find a solution. Again always contactable and if she could not respond immediately to a call she would call back within the business day. Laura thank you for all your hard work, Thank you for being there when we were dealing with all the problems we had. Both Sam and yourself are a credit to your company and your profession. The service provided by Hudgell’s far exceeded what we expected. If you need the services Hudgell provides then I would highly recommend your choice of solicitors is this company.
5 Stars
Mark Fox
I was represented/instructed by Mobeena Salim, who was always available when i wanted to discuss my case, which was reassuring and comforting. We were able to pressure the defendants who eventually agreed to settle and this meant we did not have the drawn out court process! Overall, i am happy with the service, only criticism is that i feel we could have settled a higher amonut if we continued negotiations. Would use this firm again! Thanks for everything.
4 Stars
S C Williams
I am sorry but the person's name that dealt with me who was admin was Natasha - my name is definitely not Natalie but obviously it shows how much attention you pay to people's particulars and case details. So sorry not interested in your services - as previously mentioned when it comes to medical negligence, you are impersonal, inefficient and inaccurate. Also the comment went on TP on the 22nd March and you provided yet another generic response on the 2nd April.
1 Stars
Calista Harrison
Chris Trousdale was the one of the youngest miscarriages of justice victims as a result of the Post Office Horizon scandal.
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