A client approached me with a high value professional negligence claim. I gave them some positive advice on the merits of their claim. They had a limited budget but expert evidence would be needed in a number of fields to establish their claim. We decided that the best way for them to run the case would be if they could get lawyers to act on a Conditional Fee Agreement (ie a “no win, no fee agreement”).
Before we could get to that stage we had do some investigative work. We worked together to instruct some experts. With their supportive evidence and my positive advice, the client was able to approach some solicitors, who could then see that the case had merit. When the solicitors signed up to a CFA, I then signed up to a CFA too.
I also helped the client with other documents required for the court proceedings. They wished to represent themself at a hearing and so I helped them to prepare for that.
So the client had to spend some money initially, but was then able to get into a position where they had solicitors and a barrister working on their case under a CFA so that they did not have to pay any more fees as they went along.