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Funding your case

We appreciate that if you have suffered a severe injury and are considering whether to investigate a claim the last thing you want to be doing is worrying about legal costs. Leigh Day can give you the highest quality advice on the costs of legal action and finding the method of funding that is right for you. We will advise you on the types of funding available to you, without any obligation.

Below we explain what we mean by costs and the main rule about them in cases like yours.

Paying for legal action
When we talk about legal costs we are talking about three different kinds of cost or expense:

(1) our charges for the work we do

(2) expenses we pay out to obtain other services, such as experts’ and Court fees

(3) your opponent’s legal costs they have incurred in defending the claim.

If you have a barrister his or her costs will be paid like our charges or like your expenses.

These costs are separate from the compensation paid.

In England and Wales, the general rule is that the loser of the court case pays the costs of the winner. This means that if you win your case you can expect your opponent to pay the majority of your legal costs. Equally, if you lose your case it is highly likely that you will be asked to pay your opponent's legal costs, but there are ways of covering you against this risk, as we set out below, so please keep reading.

At the outset we will consider with you the costs and benefits of the case, how it is to be paid for, and if there is a way you can achieve what you want to without litigation.

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