‘No-win, no-fee’ solicitors representing staff at tribunals may be regulated

‘No-win, no-fee’ solicitors that represent employees in tribunal cases may be regulated, if proposals in a new consultation paper go ahead.

In the paper, the Ministry of Justice claims there is a “lack of clarity and understanding of fee arrangements” as well as evidence to suggest that “solicitors are failing to inform claimants of alternative methods of funding their claims”.

The TUC has welcomed the consultation, adding the current lack of regulation means that many workers end up paying far more for legal support than they had initially expected.

Brendan Barber, general secretary at the TUC, said: “‘No-win, no-fee’ agreements can be unclear over the nature of any extra charges that might be incurred, regardless of whether the case is won or lost. They also do not alert individuals to the existence of alternative sources of legal advice, such as union legal departments.”

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