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Garstang: 01995 602 129 
Lancaster: 01524 581 306 
Much to the chagrin of those nasty Defendant lawyers, as of April 2013 Qualified one way costs shifting (QOCS) entered the legal arena, and applied its’ terms to the clients of accident injury solicitors, accident claim solicitors, road traffic accident solicitors, personal injury solicitors Preston, road accident solicitors, solicitors who deal with medical negligence and accident compensation solicitors. As a result of QOCS, clients using an accident claims solicitors, cannot, in specific circumstances be ordered to pay the costs of the successful Defendant. 
If you’re wondering how this will affect your personal injury claim, then MG legal your personal injury solicitors Preston, can confirm that the news is good news! QOCS applies to all personal injury cases post April 2013, unless there is a Conditional Fee Agreement/ATE policy in place, pre-dating April 2013. 
 
And then the news got better (or worse if you’re a defendant accident injury solicitors) with the case of Arabella Wagenar v Weekend Travel Limited & Anor [2014] WLR(D) 389 The case of Wagenar confirmed that QOCS can actually be applied retrospectivel, if a personal injury claim has been pursued from before April 2013 without a CFA or ATE Premium, then QOCS will apply. 
 
MG Legal’s expert team of accident injury solicitors Lancaster and personal injury solicitors Preston, are often approached by clients who want to transfer their claim for personal injury to one of their solicitors in Longridge, Garstang, or solicitors in Lancaster or Preston- this can be done simply by filling in one of our transfer Authorities, and then we ask your previous road traffic accident solicitors for your file of papers. The news was even better for a while as the case of Julie Casseldine v Diocese of Llandaff Board for Social Responsibility (a charity) (2015) established that where a pre-April 2013 CFA had ceased and a post April 2013 CFA had been entered into (with different Solicitors) a person making a claim using an accident claims solicitor, would still enjoy the benefit of QOCS. This is however now not the case: as confirmed by the Court of Appeal in Catalano v Espley-Tyas Development Group (2017) where the Claimant entered into a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) or After the Event (ATE) insurance premium before 1st April 2013, the benefit of QOCS is excluded from QOCS by CPR 44.17. This applies even where the Claimant subsequently entered into a post 1st April 2013 CFA or ATE. 
 
As you will no doubt see, when QOCS was introduced, personal injury solicitors Preston (well, the ones who are claimant accident injury solicitors) were indeed, very happy. However, as with everything in life, there is a fly albeit a relatively small one, in the ointment, and any solicitors in Preston Lancashire should be able to advise you that there are certain situations in which QOCS will not apply. And these are: 
 
1. If a client has their claim struck out, and the grounds for the strike out are that: 
there was no good reason to bring the claim for personal injury 
bringing the claim for personal injury is an abuse of process 
the conduct of the client (or their legal representatives) is likely to obstruct the just disposal of the proceedings. 
2. The case was fundamentally dishonest. 
3. The client fails to beat a defendant's Part 36 offer (an offer of settlement made by the defendant, with an option to accept within 21 days of receipt of the offer). 
 
With the introduction of QOCS, many Defendant accident injury solicitors and road traffic accident solicitors (including many Lancaster solicitors) were up in arms, labelling the new process an easy way for clients who have suffered a personal injury, to bring capricious claims, tying up the best medical negligence solicitors with fabricated claims. Obviously, QOCS is not designed to allow such claims, and solicitors in Morecambe, and solicitors in Lancaster, and solicitors in Longridge and solicitors in Preston, such as MG Legal, are still readily accepting instruction from clients on a NO WIN NO FEE basis. 
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