The solicitorsRules do not require a cost/benefit analysis.
The solicitorsrequired to give a indication of likely overall costs if you win and an overalllikely cost if you lose. He is obliged to give an hourly charging rate for eachclass of fee earner and member of staff and also to give an indication of theextent of the work which will be undertaken.
However thesolicitor was not drag you into pointless litigation (even if you ask) andcomplaints about this, should be firstly made to the firm's Complaints Partnerand if that fails to resolve the issue, it should be made to the LegalComplaints Service at the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
I do know ofcases where solicitors have been castigated for not telling the clients instrong enough terms that their case had a limited chance of success and thatlitigation was pointless.
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They have to say this
"you have to expect to pay x,
and it will take y number of years
but not this
but at the end you will get z.
BUT they must explain that there is a risk that if you lose you will usually have to pay the winners costs.
They can only give estimate of Z because that is in the hands of a judge. It is virtually impossible to be more concise without full case details
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