CfJ deals with the parties and the evidence direct to reach a decision quickly and reliably. There are no complex long-drawn out procedures. This direct approach ensures you get the right decision. It does so in a fraction of the time and cost of going to court.
CfJ also offers you mediation throughout to enable you to agree a solution if this is better for you.
CfJ enables you to be sure of getting the right result and removes the risk, stress and uncertainty of going to court. It saves you the enormous amount of cost and time you would spend in the court process.
It is more straightforward and supportive and very much quicker.
Cases show you can reduce legal costs and time spent by 90%. See How much will it cost?
Cases are resolved on average within two months. Cases going to court can easily take two years.
With a thorough CfJ’s investigation and the best specialists dealing with you and the evidence direct, your lawyer will ensure he fully understands your case. The risk and uncertainty of court process is removed and you are sure of getting the right result.
A mediator helps the parties discuss and agree constructive solutions beyond those you can get from a judge in court. He will meet the parties separately and together. This will enable you to look at the real problems that gave rise to the dispute and find common sense answers you can both be happy with. Your CfJ lawyer will help you and act as mediator
If you do not want mediation, or to continue with mediation, you can ask your lawyer simply to make a decision on your case.
Your lawyer’s decision is as binding under the Arbitration Act 1996 as a court judgment.
We can provide mediation only if you prefer. If you then want your lawyer to go on to decide any part of the case he can still ask him to do this.
If this is what you prefer a decision can be given on this basis. This can still have a real value as joint advice to the parties.
Nearly anything that can go to a civil court or tribunal. See Cases we deal with for examples.
Your case will be handled by your lawyer. You will also have a case manager who can answer any questions you have and give you support.
Our assessors are leading barristers and solicitors chosen as the most suitable for your case from the best in the field. They will be familiar with the law and practice in the area of your dispute. They are also mediators and are independent of CfJ.
CfJ has researched and established a database of the leading specialists in every field. They are selected on the basis of their skills, knowledge and reputation to ensure you have best available and the most suitable.
Please contact us and just ask any questions and we can arrange the referral. (Also see Refer a case).
You will have one of the best lawyers in the area of your dispute. He will deal with you direct and give you all the time you need to have him understand your case, and he will come back to you for further comments. You will not face the risk and uncertainty of court process. There is no more reliable and certain way of getting the right and fair result.
Your assessor works from his office but can meet you where most convenient.
You can bring a case to us at any time.
The case is already in court or with solicitors
This is not a problem. Most of our cases come to us after the claim has been issued.
Both parties do need to agree the referral.
CfJ can help you get the other parties agreement so please contact us. There are a number of reasons the other party will want to agree a referral.
I am not clear whether you mediate or decide the case
You have a choice. We help people agree a solution where possible through mediation If though you do not want mediation, or no agreement is reached through mediation, you can ask your lawyer who will go on to make a decision on the case.
If you want CfJ can decide how these should be dealt with.
If you agree a solution through mediation, this will bring an end to the dispute. If you agree your lawyer is to decide the case, this will be legally binding and will also be final. Both of you will have agreed you want CfJ to deal with the case so you do not need to go to court.
A CfJ lawyer will talk to both sides and have access to all the evidence. This puts him in a position to give you a reliable view on how the case is likely to go.
CFA agreements do not fully protect you. You give up control to a solicitor whose interest cannot be the same as yours. If you do not want to go on you may have to pay all the costs to date.
You can get the same result through CfJ very much more quickly and without the wear and tear of going to court.
If you are wondering whether to refer a case to CfJ or use a CFA lawyer, come to us. You are entirely free to choose the CFA route once you have looked at both options.
If you want to refer a case to CfJ, but have already signed a CFA agreement, this need not be a problem, we will talk to the other side and to your solicitor.
Although we take on cases with a value below £10,000, you may find it better for very low value claims to go to the small claims court, if you can represent yourself.