If you are considering making a claim for compensation as a result of childhood abuse then it is vital that you choose the right firm of solicitors for you.
Child abuse litigation is a constantly evolving and complex area of law. It is therefore vital that the firm of solicitors you choose to represent you specialises in claims of that nature. At Uppal Taylor our specialist solicitors deal exclusively with child abuse compensation claims and can assist you at every stage of the process.
All enquiries are dealt with sympathetically and confidentially. You can email us or telephone us.
We will listen to you and provide our advice on the options available to you. We may ask you for more information. You may have a lot of questions for us. Rest assured, you do not need to make any decision about proceeding with a claim until you are satisfied that all available options have been explained, and you are confident that we are the right firm for you.
If you decide to proceed we will discuss the funding of your case with you. We offer funding on a “No Win, No Fee” basis and will assess whether we can offer you this funding arrangement at the initial stage.
Once funding has been agreed we will need to meet with you to take further details. We will advise on the way forward and the steps that need to be taken, some of which will be unique to your case. Our objective is to ensure that you are involved with each stage of the process, have a full understanding of your case and feel confident that you have chosen the right firm.
Frequently asked questions
We have a number of ways in which we can fund your claim:
No Win No Fee
Under a Conditional Fee Agreement, also known as ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreements we would agree that if you claim is unsuccessful you would not be charged for our time and we do not get paid. If your claim is successful then we are entitled to charge for our time and claim a success fee (calculated as a percentage) previously agreed with you.
Contingency Fee Agreements
Under a contingency fee agreement we agree with you that if your claim is successful our fees are calculated as a percentage of what you recover.
Contingency Fee Agreements are only available in matters which are classed as non-contentious such as Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Applications.
Legal Expenses Insurance
You may have legal expenses insurance to cover the cost of your claim. This is known as ‘Before the Event Insurance’ or ‘BTE’ because you have taken insurance cover prior to the incident has occurred. Legal Expenses Insurance may assist if you want to bring a claim or if you wish to defend a claim brought against you.
Legal Expenses Insurance is usually included with many insurance policies such as Household Insurance (Buildings and Contents) and Car Insurance. You may have legal expenses insurance under your credit card arrangement or under another financial arrangement. You may have a stand along legal expenses insurance policy. It maybe that legal expenses insurance has been included as an optional extra or as standard.
You should check all documentation relating to insurance policies and similar, to ascertain whether or not you have legal expenses insurance. If you are unsure whether or not you have such cover, we will review the documentation for you.
If you do have legal expenses insurance, subject to the terms of the insurance, then this may cover you for your disbursements (Court Fees, Experts Fees etc); cover you against paying your opponents’ costs if you are unsuccessful and possibly even your own solicitors costs. In this respect, you may have no financial risk in bringing a claim.
If the funding of your case is on a private paying basis then our fees are charged on an hourly basis for the work carried out on your behalf. The amount of the hourly charge will depend upon the level and experience of the fee-earner carrying out the work on your case and the nature of the case. Our hourly charge will be communicated to you at the beginning of your case along with an estimate of the total costs.
The fees charges on an hourly basis are known as Profit Costs and are subject to VAT. The Profit Costs are separate to any disbursements that need to be incurred on your behalf such as Court Fees, Medical Records Fees or Experts Fees.
Uppal Taylor Solicitors do not have a Legal Aid Franchise but in certain circumstances we can apply for Legal Aid on your behalf.
We will explore all possible funding options with you at the outset and will make a recommendation on the best funding option for you.
Yes. There are certain circumstances where a claim is allowed to proceed despite the time that has passed. It is understandable that many victims do not come forward for many years after the abuse occurred and the law makes a provision for victims to do so.
In the majority of situations the Police will already have carried out a criminal investigation. However, in some situations when the abuse or abuser has not been reported to the Police we will advise that the victim reports this and this may result in a criminal investigation. The reporting of criminal offences is important to protect others from abuse.
This will depend on many factors such as the nature and severity of the abuse and the effect that the abuse has had upon your life. For a confidential chat, please telephone or email us.