In brief: Conditional fee agreements figure doubles

A record number of conditional fee agreements are being struck – two years after they were legalised. Law Society figures show 1,500 conditional fee agreements are being approved each month by Accident Line Protect, the society's “no win no fee” insurers, compared to 750 a month two years ago. David Hartley, the society's head of remuneration, said conditional fees should be extended to all civil cases. Michael Napier, author of Conditional Fees – A Survival Guide, added: “The experience of the last two years has been a good testing ground to show the Government that it can safely extend conditional fees.” Geoff Hoon, parliamentary secretary at the Lord Chancellor's Department, will be addressing a conference on conditional fees in September when he is expected to announce that their scope will be extended beyond personal injury, insolvency and European human rights cases.