Legal Business

Covering Every Contingency – Portfolio Funding of Litigation


Therium’s Neil Purslow examines the different funding options available

Since the introduction of damages-based agreements (DBAs) on 1 April 2013, use of contingency fee arrangements (CFAs) in England and Wales has been very limited, due largely no doubt to the fact that partial DBAs are not permitted and also the flaws in the enabling regulations have created uncertainty as to the efficacy of this new form of agreement. Nevertheless, commercial litigators have shown significant interest in taking litigation risk on their cases in return for a contingency fee upside. While this has, however, been difficult to achieve to date, Therium has now launched a portfolio funding offering which, through using a variation of a typical funding structure, allows law firms to offer contingency fee-based services to their litigation clients,