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GOVERNMENT SET TO CHANGE CONDITIONAL FEES ARRANGEMENTS

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The government intends to extend the range of civil cases which can be funded under 'no win, no fee' arrangements b...
The government intends to extend the range of civil cases which can be funded under 'no win, no fee' arrangements between lawyers and their clients.

This is to make justice affordable to people whose income is too large to qualify for legal aid, but not large enough to pay privately for litigation.

Conditional fee arrangements are currently limited to personal injuries, insolvency and human rights cases, but could soon be extended to consumer disputes, neighbour problems and debt recovery.

The government will also encourage fixed-fee litigation, so that clients know at the outset exactly how much they are likely to pay.

The package of changes will be announced by the lord chancellor at a Law Society conference in Cardiff on 18 October.
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