High Court has settled the issue of what lawyers may charge in contingency fees

For many years, some personal injury lawyers who help accident victims to claim from the Road Accident Fund have been charging higher fees than those laid down in the Contingency Fees Act. These lawyers have argued that they were not obliged to charge the fees set in the Act and had a common law right to enter into other fee agreements with their clients. This week, the High Court, in two separate judgments, has settled the issue of how much lawyers can charge in contingency fees. Read Personal Finance to find out what the High Court has decided and what this means for you.

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