UK: no win, no fee agreements provide access to justice in libel cases

March 9, 2011 at 9:28 pm Leave a comment

Back in 2008 an Oxford University report found that libel cases in the UK cost more than hundred times more than in continental Europe. Hardeep Singh tells  in The Guardian how he was sued for libel by a “holy man” residing in India. Without the “conditional fee agreements” he would not have been able to raise enough funds to cover the legal fees.

“Libel proceedings are not eligible for legal aid, so unless you’re born with a silver spoon in your mouth, or have the backing of an insurance broker or a trade union, CFAs provide the only way you can afford to bring or defend a claim against a party with deeper pockets. In my case, the deeper pockets of “His Holiness” were enlarged by political patronage in India, leading to a David versus Goliath contest. His solicitors eventually ratcheted up costs of £1m on a CFA, which will now be irrecoverable.”

Read the article here


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