LITIGATION FUNDING


Litigation Funding provides claimants without the financial means the opportunity to gain access to the best possible legal and medico-legal representation by funding their claims, even if they are already represented by attorneys. The basis of our funding works on a success-fee principle, i.e. no fees are payable or funding repayable, unless the claim is successful.

We, as Christopher Consulting ,do not handle the litigation of claims ourselves; however, we provide funding to the substantial costs associated with the lengthy litigation process. We have a panel of experts who assist claimants with the investigation and evaluation of possible claims, obtain medico-legal and other expert reports, and assist with the evaluation and interpretation thereof.

We appoint the legal practitioners and work with a host of law firms specialising in medical negligence matters. Christopher Consulting has the necessary know-how and network to appoint the attorney most suitable to your specific claim. We collaborate with the best possible firms of attorneys across the country and ensure that you receive medico-legal services tailored to your specific needs.

We pay for your legal and medical representation

Christopher Consulting does not handle the litigation of claims ourselves. We provide funding for the substantial costs involved in the lengthy litigation process.

If you do not have the financial means to fight your legal battle, Christopher Consulting can help you. We provide litigation funding so that you have access to the best possible legal and medico-legal representation.

Because we work with a host of law firms specialising in medical negligence matters, we can appoint the best legal practitioners to work on your case. This means you will receive medico- legal services tailored to your specific needs. If you are already represented by attorneys, we can still provide funding for your litigation on reaching an agreement with your attorneys.

Litigation Funding FAQ

Why should you use a funding company?

Litigation is costly and often holds considerable risks. If you take on your case without Christopher Consulting, you will need to fund numerous expenses and disbursements during the lengthy litigation process. Plus, you will bear the risk of not recovering any of the costs, should the claim be unsuccessful.

Some of these expenses and disbursements include:

  • Legal representation – attorneys;
  • Advocates – senior or junior advocates in certain cases;
  • Medical experts – up to 15 different fields of medical experts in certain cases;
  • Travel expenses;
  • Special investigation expenses; and
  • Other specialised experts.

The basis of our funding works on a success-fee principle. This means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t be charged for our services.


What assistance does Christopher Consulting provide?

We provide the following funding assistance to our clients:

  • Evaluating claims to ensure that there is a good prospect of success; and
  • Appointing legal representation and funding of the attorney services.
  • Paying for necessary expenses and disbursements to prove a claim;

If you are already represented by an attorney, we can still help you. We will contract your attorney to fund your litigation and provide specialised assistance to you and your attorney. This will ensure that your litigation is finalised in an effective manner. Your attorney may also approach us directly, with your consent, to assist you and your attorneys with the funding of your claim.


How does Christopher Consulting get paid?

The basis of our funding works on a success-fee principle, i.e. no fees are payable or funding repayable, unless the claim is successful. Christopher Consulting will discuss the percentage of the claim amount with you. We will not proceed with the process until we’ve reached an agreement on the amount with you.


Is Christopher Consulting a law firm?

No. Christopher Consulting is not a law firm and as such is not registered at any Law Society. We work with a host of law firms specialising in medical negligence matters. We assess your case and then provide you with an attorney that is most suitable to your case.


Is this type of funding of medical negligence cases accepted in South Africa?

Yes. Since the Potato Board v PWC [2004] ZASCA 64; 2004 (6) SA 66 (SCA) case, this type of funding of medical negligence cases is accepted in South African law. This was later confirmed by case law from the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court. Litigation funding is an accepted way of giving claimants, who would otherwise not have been in the position to claim, access to the law. Litigation funding is available as a norm in most overseas jurisdictions in cases of this nature.