The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, often referred to as LASPO, came into effect in April of this year and has abolished nearly all legal aid that was once available for personal injury claims. As a result, it continues to affect the ways in which the most vulnerable can seek help. Where it was once the case that claimants in personal injury cases could recover all of their solicitor’s fees from the losing side, this is no longer the position, and may result in claimants having to cover any shortfall themselves.
This development has led to some solicitors firms claiming that they offer “no win, no fee” agreements and ‘100% compensation’, giving the impression that a claimant will not have to pay his or her solicitor’s fees from any compensation they are awarded, but the reality is very different: many of these firms place hidden costs and charges into their agreements.
In response to this growing practice, solicitors firms across the country working with National Accident Helpline have promised to offer agreements where anyone whose claim is unsuccessful will not have to pay a penny, and will ensure that potential claimants are fully briefed from the outset about any costs that may be deducted from the compensation they might receive.
Legal Aid is shrinking; now, more than ever, it’s important to be aware of how changes in the law might affect you.
About the Author: This guest post is provided by National Accident Helpline.