The Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Act 2018 (Success Fee Agreements) Regulations 2020

Cited as:SSI 2020/110
Jurisdiction:Scotland

2020No. 110

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The Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Act 2018 (Success Fee Agreements) Regulations 2020

Made1stApril2020

Coming into force27thApril2020

The Scottish Ministers make the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by section 4(1), 4(2), 5(1), 5(2) and 7(3) of the Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Act 2018( 1) and all other powers enabling them to do so.

In accordance with section 24(2) of that Act, a draft of this instrument has been laid before and approved by resolution of the Scottish Parliament.

Citation, commencement, interpretation and application

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Act 2018 (Success Fee Agreements) Regulations 2020 and come into force on 27 April 2020.

(2) In these Regulations, “the 2018 Act” means the Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Act 2018.

(3) These Regulations apply to success fee agreements entered into on or after the date on which these Regulations come into force.

Success fee cap

2.—(1) Subject to section 4 (power to cap success fees) of the 2018 Act, a success fee agreement must not require the recipient of relevant services to pay to the provider a success fee which, including VAT, exceeds the maximum amount provided for by these Regulations (“the success fee cap”).

(2) The success fee cap is determined by reference to the financial benefit obtained by the recipient (“the financial benefit”).

(3) In a matter that is, or could become, a claim for damages for personal injuries( 2) or the death of a person from personal injuries, the success fee cap is—

(a) in respect of the first £100,000 of the financial benefit, 20%,

(b) in respect of the amount of the financial benefit over £100,000 but not exceeding £500,000, 10%,

(c) in respect of the amount of the financial benefit over £500,000, 2.5%.( 3)

(4) In a matter that is, or could become, the subject of proceedings before an employment tribunal, the success fee cap is 35% of the financial benefit.

(5) In any other matter to which these Regulations apply, the success fee cap is 50% of the financial benefit.

(6) Where in connection with the same matter a recipient receives relevant services from more than one provider, whether under one or more success fee agreements, the success fee cap applies to the total amount payable by the recipient to those providers.

Exclusion for family proceedings

3.—(1) A damages-based agreement must not be entered into in connection with a matter which is or may become the subject of family proceedings.

(2) In paragraph (1)—

(a) “damages-based agreement” is a success fee agreement under which the success fee is determined by reference to the amount of financial benefit obtained by the recipient,

(b) “family proceedings” has the same meaning as in section 135 of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014( 4).

(3) Nothing in paragraph (1) is to be construed as restricting the use of other types of success fee agreement.

Terms of a success fee agreement

4.—(1) A success fee agreement must—

(a) include details of the matter, claim or proceedings, or parts thereof, to which the success fee agreement relates,

(b) specify the type of civil remedy which the recipient seeks,

(c) include a description of the work to be carried out by the provider,

(d) provide that in the event of a conflict with the provider's standard terms of engagement, the terms of the success fee agreement take precedence,

(e) specify the basis on which the amount of any fee potentially payable under the success fee agreement is to be determined,

(f) oblige the provider to consult with the recipient on any significant development including, but not limited to, the receipt of an offer of settlement,

(g) specify whether or not the provider intends to retain any expenses which are awarded to the recipient in civil proceedings or which it is agreed with another person that the recipient is entitled to recover( 5),

(h) explain how to access the relevant procedure for dealing with complaints about the provider or providers,

(i) set out the circumstances in which...

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