Transparency and value for money; we understand these are key priorities when instructing solicitors.
At HLF, there are a number of different ways to fund your case depending on the nature of the work.
For example, legal expenses insurance may be included in your existing insurance policies (e.g. car, home, holiday etc) and you should check your policies to see if you are covered and what they cover in terms of paying for legal work.
Alternatively, a conditional fee (‘no win-no fee’) whereby we charge no (or reduced fees) if you are unsuccessful but seek to recover most or all of your legal costs from the other side if you win. Special insurance policies (called ‘after the event insurance’) may also be available to cover your own fees if you are not successful in your claim and we can discuss the possibility of funding under conditional arrangements with you.
Legal Aid is another funding option in certain family (and criminal) cases but qualification for this is limited and means-tested. Should you wish to instruct us through Legal Aid, we will go through the eligibility criteria with you but, for more information, please go to the Legal Aid Agency website: www.justice.gov.uk/legal-aid.
In some cases, it may also be possible for you to apply for a loan to cover your legal costs. There are a number of litigation loan providers and we will be able to advise you on the application process. Please note that we do not endorse any particular loan company or method of funding.
We charge for some work on a fixed fee basis; for example, lasting powers of attorney, most Wills and some conveyancing matters. Please see the relevant legal area pages on this website for more information.
Where fixed fee and other funding options are not available, our fees will be calculated principally by reference to the time spent by our fees earners and this is charged by reference to their specific hourly rates. An estimate of costs will be provided at the outset and this will be regularly reviewed with you as your case progresses.
Regardless of the method of funding, we will keep you informed and updated as to our costs throughout your case.