I'm the Plaintiff in a civil case. The Opponent has made a non-Part 36 offer of an all-inclusive settlement.
I have a conditional fee agreement (CFA) with my solicitor. The Client Care Letter (CCL) has a section,
Costs you are liable to pay if you win the case
Our base costs [... and a] success fee of 25% of base costs.
My solicitor says the base fee now stands at about 80% of the offer. Adding 25% of that 80% (i.e. 20% of the total) would bring the base fee to 100% of the offer.
On the other hand, the CCL clarifies that
To provide as much certainty as possible, but subject to you following all advice given and complying with all the terms of our agreement, you will not receive less than 75% of the compensation received from the Opponent.
On that basis, it would seem the offer should be split 75-25 in my favour.
On the third hand, the solicitor proposed to me in a phone call that we split the offer 50-50, and has now emailed me saying that if I accept the offer I would get 37.5%. I think the reasoning is that, since we would be settling rather than proceeding to trial, the division of the winnings is back on the table and, if we go 50-50, the 25% success fee then comes out of my half (50% of the total minus 25% of that 50% leaves 37.5%).
For my solicitor's position to be consistent with the CCL, I think the word 'compensation' has to be interpreted to exclude the solicitor's fee. Is that a reasonable interpretation?