In Sipthorpe and Morris v London Borough of Southwark, the Court upheld a solicitor’s conditional fee arrangement which indemnified the claimant against the defendant’s costs. Delivering the lead judgement, Lord Neuberger – Master of the Rolls, acknowledged that a variety of factors has led to a ‘relaxation of previously tight professional ethical constraints, so as to permit a variety of more flexible funding arrangements’.
Commenting, Daniel Curran, the Managing Director of Finders, said:
“This case serves to underline that companies who receive a conditional fee are operating in accordance with public policy. This is an important ruling for Finders, who operate a similar fee model as one of the choices offered to clients when it seeks to locate people who may be beneficiaries under a will or intestacy rules.”
Finders international probate genealogy firm (the BBC refer to Probate Genealogists as Heir Hunters in their TV series) constantly monitor legal developments to ensure that all their fee options are in keeping with current trends and legislation.
Notes to Editors:
* Champerty is defined as ‘maintenance in which the motive of the maintainor is an agreement that if the proceeding in which the maintenance takes place succeeds, the subject matter of the suit shall be divided between the plaintiff and the maintainor’. (Stroud’s Judicial Dictionary of Words and Phrases [7th Ed.])
Finders International Probate Genealogists can be contacted via their website at www.findersuk.com