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Hannah Thomas v AWH Legal Ltd : Refund of £529 success fee

Check My Legal Fees were fantastic. Professional and helpful throughout. It took 6 months receive £529 back in overpaid legal fees. Probably took a bit longer due to the pandemic. I would highly recommend. Thank you Ben

Hannah Thomas, 7th October 2020

Miss Thomas of Towcester approached to investigate the success fee she had previously paid to her former Solicitors, Carter Law, based in Manchester. 

Miss Thomas was involved in a Road Traffic Accident in March 2014 and was awarded £3500.00 in settlement of her claim. 

Deductions were made totalling £1087 for her Solicitor's success fee of £875.00 and an After the Event Insurance policy totalling £212.00. 

Carter Law Solicitors Limited ceased trading in early 2017 and was soon acquired by AWH Legal Ltd. 

We approached AWH Legal in May 2020 seeking initially the file of papers relating to Miss Thomas' claim. It soon became apparent that Miss Thomas had not been served with a "statute bill" upon which she could seek legal advice to determine whether the fees charged were reasonable.

After reviewing the bill, we requested further information from AWH Legal relating to the papers that Miss Thomas signed which allowed for Miss Thomas to be charged both the shortfall in any basic charges and a success fee. 

We received no sufficient response from AWH Legal and were left with no choice but to issue Court proceedings to have Miss Thomas' charges assessed by the Court. 

Shortly after the Court proceedings were issued, AWH Legal made an offer of settlement to Miss Thomas to avoid length litigation. 

Miss Thomas has received a refund of £529.00 against her success fee paid, plus the legal costs involved in representing Miss Thomas in this case.

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