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He who controls costs, controls litigation. Costs are not just what you pay your lawyers they are what you risk having to pay the other side for its costs if you lose.  Traditionally that has meant that the big guy crushes the small guy simply because he has deeper pockets.

Helix Law specialises in helping ordinary businesses litigate as if they had deep pockets.

We help ordinary businesses punch above their weight by sharing the cost risks.

We structure and handle our clients’ cost risk by sharing the risk using 

Fixed Fees
No Win No Fee
Damages Based Agreements
Monthly Fees

Using the right fee structure can mean that a client’s risk is halved, and in some cases, using insurance, it can be fixed. If your costs risks are handled in this way you can be much more focused and confident in winning your case.

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If your opponent knows you are strong on costs they will take you much more seriously and be much more likely to settle. That is because they know you can afford to fight to the end and if they lose they will be paying the majority of your legal costs. That makes you a much more frightening opponent. If they think you don’t have the money to go the distance and/or they wont have to pay your costs even if you win they may be encouraged to string out the dispute.

People often try to minimise their cost risk by representing themselves. This is a false economy because they are still liable for the other side’s costs if they lose, would get most of their legal costs back if they win and the opponent knows they are not at risk of paying the litigant’s solicitors’ costs if they lose. The risk of having to pay the other party’s costs is a very significant factor in bringing litigants to a commercial settlement. This is often overlooked by litigants in person.

For these reasons it is hard to overestimate the importance of understanding, controlling and reducing cost risk. When you embark on a case there is just the case to worry about. After a few weeks or months the costs start to increase and can become larger than the sum in issue. Sometimes you can win a case but, for a number of complex reasons, lose on the costs. In claims of less than about £50,000 that do not settle early the parties tend to focus more and more on costs as they case goes on.  At Helix we look at the costs issues upfront, tailor a fee agreement that minimises risk to our client, maximises risk for the opponent and allows our clients to make a sound commercial judgement on whether to litigate based on realistic, fully costed, scenarios.

Above all by making our client’s strong and by sharing their risk we get better results.

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In business it is always better to get things right from the outset and have good relations with your customers and your suppliers. We work with you to make sure that the law does not get in the way of your commercial relationships. A dispute avoided is far more profitable than a dispute ‘won’.

Lawyers can make really good fees once a commercial problem has fully matured. Although this is good for the lawyers it is bad for all the businesses involved. In commercial litigation even the winning party can end up many thousands of pounds out of pocket.  This strikes us as essentially unfair. We work closely with you to minimise your exposure to expensive disputes. We work on a fixed fee which relies on you avoiding disputes. You can call us any time at the first sign of trouble and we can advise. If a dispute develops you will always know your legal options and you can negotiate from a position of strength. Sometimes medium sized businesses threaten to ‘refer this to my legal department’. 9 times out of 10 there is no ‘legal department’. Helix allows you to say it and mean it.

In business it is always better to get things right from the outset and have good relations with your customers and your suppliers. We work with you to make sure that the law does not get in the way of your commercial relationships. A dispute avoided is far more profitable than a dispute ‘won’.

Lawyers can make really good fees once a commercial problem has fully matured. Although this is good for the lawyers it is bad for all the businesses involved. In commercial litigation even the winning party can end up many thousands of pounds out of pocket.  This strikes us as essentially unfair. We work closely with you to minimise your exposure to expensive disputes. We work on a fixed fee which relies on you avoiding disputes. You can call us any time at the first sign of trouble and we can advise. If a dispute develops you will always know your legal options and you can negotiate from a position of strength. Sometimes medium sized businesses threaten to ‘refer this to my legal department’. 9 times out of 10 there is no ‘legal department’. Helix allows you to say it and mean it.

Sometimes litigation cannot be avoided.

There will be times when you can’t avoid bringing or defending a claim. If you need to bring small claims we will bring them under our monthly fee. For larger claims we will enter into an agreement whereby we will only get paid if you win – in that case your opponent pays those costs.

We supply continuous support and advice to maximise your businesses profits and minimise costs and the time spent in dealing with disputes. When you get Helix on your team you will get your own solicitor and unlimited telephone and email support. You can specify the level of support you you feel is necessary and we will agree fixed monthly price for that service.

We are committed to communicating in a way that suits each particular client; Telephone, letters, email, Skype or messaging – you choose.

We look at your business and assess how much value we can add to it and how much time it will take us to give you the level of service we believe your business needs. If we can add value we will agree to act for a monthly fee which you can cancel at any time.

The cost depends on a number of factors including:

  • Industry sector
  • Number of employees
  • Size of contracts
  • Your management systems
  • Your potential

The monthly cost can vary quite widely but to give you some idea we have set out some hypothetical examples:

£100 per month
This is our minimum fee and designed for start-ups that we think have growth potential or for larger businesses experiencing short-term difficulties that we think can recover. In both cases we will invest our time in your future and our relationship.  Contact us for more information >>

£100 – £250 per month
For example an online retailer with 12 employees, a strong management team, one or two small claims per year and larger litigation once every three to four years.  Contact us for more information >>

£250 – £500 per month
Towards the top end of the range could be a manufacturer with 50 employees. The nature of its business requires significant HR support to deal with disciplinary and performance issues as well regular organisational changes caused by economic volatility and rapid changes in technology, plant and machinery.  Contact us for more information >>

£500 – £1000 per month
Construction firm with 100 employees. Helix acts and advises on contracting and procurement phases and is available to attend site meetings and final account meetings. The client tends to have significant litigation every 1-2 years.  Contact us for more information >>

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Contact Helix Law on 01273 761 990 or email: [email protected]