DWF successfully argue that there is no presumption in favour of assignment of CFAs when claims are transferred to new lawyers

There have been a number of reported cases recently, concerning whether a CFA can be assigned from one firm to another. In cases where Claimants’ Solicitors can successfully argue that a pre-April 2013 CFA has been assigned, they can then continue to claim the substantial benefits under that CFA including a success fee on ongoing work. In the case of Webb v London Borough of Bromley (2016), Master Rowley, costs judge in the Senior Courts Costs Office did not accept that an assignment had taken place.

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Steven Dawson

Director - Head of Costs Services

I am a partner and Head of the Costs Services team.