Will All Solicitors Ask For Payments On Account?
Most lawyers will ask for some money up front at the start of a case, unless it is to be funded by a conditional fee agreement. It can often be a good acid test to see whether the client truly believes in their case.
Some solicitors will only conduct work as long as they have money up front. Others ask for some money up front to cover any anticipated disbursements, such as Court fees or expert fees. Others may be prepared to front the whole of the cost of the case.
Unless there is provision for money to be payable during the contract, whether to cover disbursements or the costs incurred by the solicitor to date, then the solicitor is not entitled to be paid until the work has been completed. Even if the solicitor is entitled to ask for a payment on account, the request must also be reasonable.