'Improving Access to Justice' Contingency Fees: A Study of Their Operation in the United States

50 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2008  

Richard Moorhead

Centre for Ethics and Law, Faculty of Laws, UCL London

Date Written: November 17, 2008

Abstract

This report, written for the Civil Justice Council with Senior Costs Judge Peter Hurst, examines what would happen if the system of Conditional Fee Ageements in England and Wales were replaced with US-style contingency fee agreements. It looks, in particular, at the impact of contingency fees on overall levels of access to justice and on the incentive effects that such fee agreements are likely to have on lawyers and their settlement practices.

Keywords: Civil Justice, Contingency Fees, Access to Justice, Legal Profession

JEL Classification: K41, L84

Suggested Citation

Moorhead, Richard, 'Improving Access to Justice' Contingency Fees: A Study of Their Operation in the United States (November 17, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1302843 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1302843

Richard Lewis Moorhead (Contact Author)

Centre for Ethics and Law, Faculty of Laws, UCL London ( email )

Gower St
London WC1E OEG, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

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