Frequently Asked Questions

We know you may have questions about how our service works and how we can help you, so we have created a Frequently Asked Question section that should help answer some of your queries. We are always happy to discuss any other questions you may have with you – just give us a call on 01428 687717 or email enquiries@wws-legal.co.uk

Wiseman Wingate Solicitors offer a wide range of legal services, such as Education Law and Professional Negligence. As there will be different answers to the same questions depending on the area of law, we have listed out our FAQ’s below by the area of law they are relevant to.

Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Professional Negligence Litigation

Q: How much will my instruction to Wiseman Wingate cost me?

A: As Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Professional Negligence Litigation Cases allow us to claim the legal costs from the defendant if the claim is successful, we are able to deal with under your claim under a ‘No Win No Fee Agreement’.

There is one alternative option for cases where a baby suffers a brain injury shortly before or after birth: Legal Aid is available.

‘No Win No Fee Agreement’

The gist of a ‘No Win No Fee Agreement’ is:

  1. You do not pay anything if your claim is unsuccessful, i.e. we do not obtain compensation for you.
  2. If your claim is successful, i.e. we obtain compensation for you, you make a contribution to our fees out of your compensation.

Q: How long will it take for my instruction to Wiseman Wingate to be completed?

A: The answer is it depends on a number of factors such as;

  1. The complexity of the case.
  2. The number of experts to be instructed. The opinions of the experts will form the ‘foundations’ of the claim.
  3. Whether the Defendant admits or denies liability.
  4. Whether your case has to ‘go to trial’ or whether a settlement be reached with the defendant before the issuing of Court proceedings or before trial.

We always keep our client informed of developments in their case and we set a timetable laying out the various stages of the litigation so that the client is fully aware of the length of time the case will possibly take.

Q: Who will be dealing with my instruction to Wiseman Wingate?

A: Your case will be dealt with by a highly experienced solicitor, we do not allow junior members of staff to run client cases although they may assist a senior solicitor.

Education Law

Q: How much will my instruction to Wiseman Wingate cost me?

A: We believe in offering certainty to our client as to the cost of the work we are to undertake for them. Before commencing work, we will provide details of our a schedule of our fees for undertaking the work required and details as to when payments need to be made so that the client knows exactly what the cost to them will be.

Education Law the service we provide can be divided into 2 sections;

  1. Advice and assistance provide in respect of ‘negotiations’ with an Education Authority as to the type of provision required by your child, to be stated in the child’s Education Health and Care Plan.We can provide a one off written advice as to what you need to include in the Education Health Care Plan: a fixed fee is charge for this service.
  1. Undertaking Education Law tribunal proceedings and representing the client during those proceedings.We charge fixed fees for each stage of the proceedings; so that you are aware what the total cost of each stage in the proceedings as well the total cost assuming the case proceeds all the way to a tribunal hearing.

Q: How long will it take for my child’s case to be completed?

A: The length of time your child’s case will take will depend on the complexity of the case and the degree to which the education authority is opposing the issues in the case. Before we accept instructions to take on your child’s case we will provide you with an estimated time table as to how the case will take, based upon certain assumptions as to likely tactics of the education authority.

Q: Who will be dealing with my instruction to Wiseman Wingate?

A: Your case will be dealt with by a highly experienced solicitor, we do not allow junior members of staff to run client cases although they may assist a senior solicitor.

Wills and Trusts

Q: How much will my instruction to Wiseman Wingate cost me?

A: Before accepting instructions, we always explain to the client what we plan to do in terms of the nature of the documents to be drafted, the total fee to be charged.

Q: How long will it take?

A: For the majority of instructions, a period of 2 or 3 weeks is sufficient.

Q: Who will be dealing with my instruction to Wiseman Wingate?

A: Your case will be dealt with by a highly experienced solicitor, we do not allow junior members of staff to run client cases although they may assist a senior solicitor.

Court of Protection/Deputyships

Q: How much will my instruction to Wiseman Wingate cost me?

A: For work of this nature we always accept the sum that the Court of Protection awards as the monies are paid out of the funds we manage for the client.

Q: Who will be dealing with the Deputyship?

A: The deputyship will be dealt with by a highly experienced solicitor. We do however ensure that work untaken is untaken as cheaply as possible, where appropriate that includes task being undertaken by junior members of staff.

We are very conscious that our obligation to our client is to manage their funds as efficiently and cheaply as possible to preserve the fund for the benefit of the client.

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