Harassment solicitors no win no fee
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Cohen Davis solicitors welcome clients who wish us to take on their harassment cases on a no win no fee basis. Because of the high number of cases where vulnerable victims experience harassment on the internet, yet the limited number of solicitors who are true specialists in handling online harassment cases, we have developed a criteria to enable those who wish us to represent them on harassment cases on a no win no fee basis, to try and determine in advance whether their case is likely to be eligible for a no win no fee representation.
There are two main conditions that we look at before we consider whether to take on an harassment case on a no win no fee basis. The first condition is that our work will benefit our client and the second is that we will be likely to get paid for our work at the end of the case. Both conditions must be met before we will consider whether to take on the case on a no win no fee basis. Generally speaking, there are two categories of cases involving online harassment.
The first category is where the victim of the harassment knows who the offender is, and the second is where they don’t know, or don’t yet have proof of who is harassing them on the internet. Both categories of cases might be eligible for a no win no fee legal representation. Where the victim of the harassment knows who the offender is, we will first need to establish that the offender is someone from whom we will be able to recover our clients’ the legal costs. In many cases, however, the victim will not know for sure the identity of their harasser. When this happens, will need to carry out a preliminary investigation to help us establish the harasser’s identity. We will normally expect our client to bear the cost of the investigation before we are able to confirm whether we are able to act on a no win no fee basis. If the preliminary investigation leads us to an individual who we believe will be able to pay our clients’ legal fees at the end of the case, then we will consider taking on the harassment case on a no win no fee basis at that stage.
The investigation fee will usually be recoverable from the harasser at the end of the case. In other cases, after carrying out a preliminary investigation, there might still not be sufficient proof as to the identity of the harasser, but there might be a suspect who we believe is likely to be the offender. In such cases, we might still take on the matter, but we will expect out client to pay the cost of the initial communication with the suspected offender before we can consider whether to take on the harassment case on a no win no fee basis. If we are subsequently able to take on the case, those fees of the initial communication will usually be recoverable from the harasser once we win the case against them.
Once we take on a harassment case on a no win no fee basis, our client is expected to receive from us exactly the same high standard of service that we offer to our paying clients. We treat all our clients the same way. Finally, we expect clients who seek our firm to take on a large financial and reputational risk to demonstrate that they genuinely wish to understand their legal position and have their case assessed. As a rule of thumb, we ask all our clients to pay for their initial consultation with us so that we can preliminary consider their case and give them initial legal advice. Usually the consultation fee will be recoverable from the harasser once we win the case against them.