Funding a CICA Claim

The CICA scheme does not award legal costs as part of your claim for criminal injuries compensation. This means that you are liable to pay the fees if you decided to instruct a solicitor to help with your CICA claim. You will also be liable to pay any other costs related to the claim, for example, expert reports and medical records.

It is important that your solicitor is able to handle your case efficiently as you are covering the expenses. Our experienced team understands the CICA tariffs (awards) system and we let you know if your claim is likely to be too small to make it worth paying a solicitor. No one wants a legal bill that is almost the same size as their compensation payment.

If you appoint a solicitor, you need someone who is experienced in making Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority claims. We pride ourselves on focusing on work where we can make a real difference to the value of your claim. That is why most of our CICA clients have serious complex injuries which require specialist medical evidence. You will see examples of this in our criminal injuries compensation case studies. We will not take on your case unless we think that it will significantly increase your compensation.

We also recognise that clients are likely to have financial difficulties after a serious injury. Many of our clients have experienced difficulties with employment after their injury and some have had to adapt their home. To make life easier for you we will discuss options to ease any financial worries. We can delay the payment of our fees until your CICA claim has been concluded and ask the other experts to defer payment for their reports until you receive your compensation.