Civil Litigation Costs Seminar

The Costs and Litigation Funding barristers at Trinity Chambers are again supporting Kerry Underwood's national seminar tour focused on funding arrangements.

Kerry's completely new seminar entitled "Getting the Retainer Right" is aimed at all civil litigators and funders. The day long event will examine:

The Retainer

  • how to set up your retainer to avoid challenges
  • the success fee
  • the hourly rate
  • Cancellation of Contracts Regulations
  • model Client Care Letters
  • model hourly rate retainers
  • terminating the retainer
  • the complaints procedure

The Agreement

  • model Conditional Fee Agreements
  • model Damages-Based Agreements
  • model Contingency Fee Agreements
  • model hourly rate retainers
  • discounted Conditional Fee Agreements
  • not naming the opponent
  • model explanation of Conditional Fee Agreement

Solicitors Act 1974

  • interim and statute bills
  • Chamberlain bills
  • contentious and non-contentious business
  • section 57 Contingency Fee Agreements
  • getting the bill right
  • justifying the charge to the client
  • time limits and challenges
  • ex-client’s right to the file


  • estimates and quotations – the difference
  • when there is no estimate
  • costs updates

Data Protection
Model policies for dealing with:

  • new client enquiries
  • existing client data
  • data held other than electronically
  • Privacy Statements


  • getting the retainer right


  • third party funding
  • retainers involving third party funding
  • ABS’s and third party funding

Case Law Update

The seminar will be held on Thursday 25th October 2018 at Newcastle City Juniors Football Club, Gibside Gardens, Benwell, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE15 7PP and runs from 10.00am to 4.30pm, attracting 5.5 hours Solicitors Regulation Authority CPD accreditation.

A discounted price of £200.00 plus VAT including lunch and course material (normal price £250 plus VAT) applies if places are booked and paid for by 19 August 2018.

Media Contact

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