Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs) and Damages Based Agreements (DBAs) Frequently Asked Questions

Purpose: To provide advice on frequently asked questions in relation to CFAs and DBAs

Scope of application: All practising barristers and clerks

Issued by: The Civil (Private) Panel

First issued: November 2016

Last reviewed: November 2016

Status and effect: Please see the notice at end of this document. This is not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.

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Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs) and Damages Based Agreements (DBAs) Frequently Asked Questions

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Important Notice

This document has been prepared by the Bar Council to assist barristers on matters of professional conduct and ethics. It is not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4, and neither the BSB nor a disciplinary tribunal nor the Legal Ombudsman is bound by any views or advice expressed in it. It does not comprise - and cannot be relied on as giving - legal advice. It has been prepared in good faith, but neither the Bar Council nor any of the individuals responsible for or involved in its preparation accept any responsibility or liability for anything done in reliance on it. For fuller information as to the status and effect of this document, please refer to the professional practice and ethics section of the Bar Council's website here.