How do we decide whether to take on an online harassment case on a no win no fee basis
Online harassment lawyers Cohen Davis welcome clients who wish us to take on their online harassment cases on a no win no fee basis and we guarantee that the same high standard of service is not compromised.
At this stage, we are only able to take on up to four cases of online harassment on a no win no fee basis. Our online harassment solicitors are driven by the passion to help you achieve freedom from online harassment and by making online harassers accountable. Victims of online harassment need serious help with a serious matter and financial means should not be a hindrance.
There are an increasing amount of vulnerable victims of online harassment and yet very few online harassment solicitors who will handle the case on a no win no fee basis. Often, victims are left feeling isolated because the police won't help and they have financial limitations.
Our online harassment solicitors treat all of our clients with the same dedication and passion in achieving freedom from harassment. All victims of online harassment need serious help with such a serious matter and financial means should not be an obstruction.
Online harassment cases tend to require a substantial amount of work. Sometimes hundreds of hours are devoted only to study the material, which often covers many years of harassment. For this reason, we are only able to take on up to 4 cases of online harassment each year on a no win no fee basis. The decision which cases we should take on is always a difficult one so we have developed a criteria to help us prioritise.
There are two main conditions that we look at before we consider whether to take on a harassment case on a no win no fee basis:
Will our work benefit our client
Are we likely to get paid for our work at the end of the case
Both conditions must be met before we will consider whether we can take on the case on a no win no fee harassment solicitors basis. Generally speaking, there are two categories of cases involving online harassment:
The victim knows who the offender is
The victim doesn't know who the offender is - or doesn't yet have proof who it is
Both categories of cases might be eligible for a no win no fee legal representation.
Where the victim of the harassment knows who the offender is, we will first need to establish that the offender is someone from whom we will be able to recover our clients' legal costs.
In many cases, the victim will not know for sure the identity of their harasser. In these circumstances, we will need to carry out a preliminary investigation to help us establish the harasser’s identity. We will normally expect our client to bear the cost of the investigation before we are able to confirm whether we are able to act on a no win no fee basis. If the preliminary investigation leads us to an individual who we believe will be able to pay our clients’ legal fees at the end of the case, then we will consider taking on the harassment case on a no win no fee basis at that stage. The investigation fee will usually be recoverable from the harasser at the end of the case.
In other cases, after carrying out a preliminary investigation, there might still not be sufficient proof as to the identity of the harasser but there might be a suspect who we believe is likely to be the offender. In such cases, our no win no fee online harassment lawyers might still take on the matter but we will expect our client to pay the cost of the initial communication with the suspected offender before we can consider whether to take on the harassment case on a no win no fee basis. If we are subsequently able to take on the case, those fees of the initial communication will usually be recoverable from the harasser once we win the case against them and it is returned back to the client.
Once we take on a harassment case on a no win no fee basis, our client is expected to receive from us exactly the same high standard of service that we offer to our paying clients. We treat all our clients the same way.
Finally, we expect clients who seek our firm to take on a large financial and reputational risk to demonstrate that they genuinely wish to understand their legal position and have their case assessed. As a rule of thumb, we ask all of our clients to pay for the initial harassment legal advice. Please read the section about how the initial consultation. Usually the cost of the consultation will be recoverable from the harasser once we win the case against them.