|Approach to costs
Solicitors at Humphreys & Co. always aim to approach
legal work in a financially-disciplined way. We offer
competitive rates. Our charging approach is both transparent
and geared to the options open to our clients. Our
solicitors generally charge by reference to time spent but
we can often agree fixed fees for specific work or in some
cases risk-adjusted funding structures.
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London libel cases
London has long been considered the ‘libel capital of the world’. Due
to a perception that English libel law favours the claimant, it has
been argued that a disproportionate number of libel claims are
commenced in the High Court in London when compared with other
The coalition government unveiled plans in July 2010 to conduct a libel law
review, with the aim of protecting free speech by addressing the
balance between libel claimants and defendants and also looking into
the phenomenon of ‘libel tourism’, where foreign claimants start a
libel claim in London rather than their local court in an attempt to
benefit from favourable legal rules.
In figures reported in the London Evening Standard recently, the number
of defamation cases started in London has increased year on year since
September 2007 – September 2010. The increase was attributed to factors
such as closer working relationships between celebrities and law firms
specialising in libel litigation; the wider use of media monitoring
services (to identify potentially defamatory material) by celebrities;
and the increase of ‘no win, no fee’ arrangements being agreed between
law firms and claimants pursuing libel claims that could not otherwise
Certainly, there seems to be regular reporting of celebrity
libel claims in the media, such as the action being commenced in London
this month by the singer Peter Andre against the model Katie Price.
We take instructions from UK & international clients. Our independent lawyers are available by email, telephone & fax. With central Bristol offices we are just 90 minutes from London by road or rail and 15 minutes from Bristol International Airport. We can travel to meetings if required.
We are an independent professional law firm here, not a legal factory turning out mass-produced products. In our experience, determined case-handling is more likely to produce effective results.
Solicitors at Humphreys & Co. look to input not only
careful legal work and precision but also the determination
to keep matters moving. They aim to work in clients' real
interests with energy and pragmatism.
Solicitors at Humphreys & Co. always try to open up the
legal process by giving advice and explaining options to
clients in a concise and straightforward way, identifying
clear courses of action whatever the technical or legal
complexities of the subject.