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Privately-funded civil litigation

Purpose: To provide practical advice about funding in civil cases
Scope of application: All practising barristers and clerks
Issued by: The Civil (Private) Panel
Last reviewed: 04/10/2018
Status and effect: Please see the notice at end of these documents. These documents are not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.

This guidance gives practical advice about funding civil cases. In recognition of the fact that barristers must survive financially in an increasingly competitive market, it unashamedly focuses on the practical and commercial aspects of civil litigation funding; this includes the methods by which barristers can fairly protect their own business interests whilst at the same time providing excellent service and value for money.

See our Conditional Fee Arrangements and Damages-Based Agreements FAQs.


Download: Privately-funded civil litigation:

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Download: The Flowcharts:

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Download: CFA Model Agreement-Defendant (NOTE: This is not suitable for use in personal injury claims or for use by counsel acting directly for the lay client):

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Download: CFA Model Agreement-Claimant (NOTE: You should enable content if prompted by a security warning):

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Important Notice

This document has been prepared by the Bar Council to assist barristers on matters of professional conduct and ethics. It is not “guidance” for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4, and neither the BSB nor a disciplinary tribunal nor the Legal Ombudsman is bound by any views or advice expressed in it. It does not comprise – and cannot be relied on as giving – legal advice. It has been prepared in good faith, but neither the Bar Council nor any of the individuals responsible for or involved in its preparation accept any responsibility or liability for anything done in reliance on it. For fuller information as to the status and effect of this document, please see here.

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