When you register with Keller Postman UK, we might ask you to sign a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This is also known as a no-win, no-fee agreement. In this quick guide, we explain more about CFAs, and what clients agree to when they sign up with us.
If an organisation fails to protect your private information, it’s important that you are able to make a cybercrime or data breach compensation claim. In fact, access to professional legal advice is an essential right. But concerns about the cost of making a claim can stop people from appointing a solicitor.
To help protect your rights and ensure you get the compensation you deserve, at Keller Postman UK, our expert data breach lawyers provide our services on a no-win, no-fee basis.
But what does this actually mean? And are there any hidden costs you should know about?
At Keller Postman UK, our data breach solicitors offer no-win, no-fee agreements to help our clients. No-win, no-fee means that, if your claim is not successful, you won’t have to pay a penny towards your case.
A no-win no-fee contract is also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
We expect to win the vast majority of our no-win, no-fee cases. And, when we do, the defendant has to pay your costs, fees, and disbursements*.
However, we also take out insurance to insure against the risk of losing a case. This is called ‘After the Event’ insurance (ATE). With ATE insurance, all costs are paid by the insurance provider if we lose your case.
* Any payment we make on your behalf to a third party.
You have obligations when signing a no-win, no-fee data breach agreement. For example:
* If we lose your case, you do not have to pay these costs. If we win your case, we will recoup these from the other side.
If your claim is successful, you usually have to contribute towards your solicitor’s costs. This is called a ‘success fee’. It is taken from the compensation awarded to you.
At Keller Postman UK, our fees are reasonable and we always explain what you will have to pay if you win up-front.
In some group actions, we might even be able to waive this success fee and get the defendant to pay it instead of you. In such cases, there are no solicitor’s fees win or lose.
We always make sure you are fully informed about any potential costs before we proceed.
No. There are no hidden charges or other administration fees.
Our CFA (otherwise known as a no-win, no-fee agreement) explains the fees you are liable for when you appoint us. Legally, we must word our CFA in a specific way, but we understand that it can be confusing.
Here’s what you need to know:
*As long as you follow our T&Cs (which means being honest and truthful about your claim).
There are no guidelines about how much compensation you can be awarded for a claim under the Data Protection Act. If you do go to court, it is up to the judge to consider all the circumstances, including the seriousness of the breach and the impact on you.
However, while each case is judged on its own merits, there are some things we would typically look for when it comes to when claiming compensation for a data breach.
With stolen data, cybercriminals can make purchases using your bank and credit cards, apply for credit in your name, set up fraudulent bank accounts and access your existing online accounts.
Cybercrime and data breaches can have a significant impact on you, both mentally and physically. They can cause or exacerbate anxiety, stress and other psychological conditions.
Keller Postman UK Limited is a formidable law firm. Combining technical expertise with experience in handling large volume cases, we represent our clients with passion, experience and diligence.
Having opened a data breach division in 2020, Keller Postman UK has gained an enviable reputation in data breach law. And, with a team of data protection experts led by Kingsley Hayes – arguably the UK’s foremost data breach solicitor – and considerable multi-party expertise, it’s easy to see why.
We have offices in London, Birmingham and Liverpool. And the technology to provide a nationwide service.
The Keller Postman name is synonymous with negotiating power. Other firms might claim to be data protection experts, but it takes more than an understanding of the law to succeed. At Keller Postman UK our team of data breach lawyers has the passion, skill, persistence and resources to fight your corner and win.