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Solicitors: Family law

During the case

    Does the client have control over how we use the money?

    Yes. Each drawdown request is sent to the client for approval. You can only draw the money from your client account against invoices the client has approved. You can also clear off any outstanding legal bills using the loan, with your client's approval.

    How often can we make a drawdown from the loan?

    The facility can be drawn down as and when required, provided that the costs are in line with your costs estimate, so that the facility will enable you to reach the final hearing if needed.

    Where does the money get sent to?

    Funds will be paid directly to the solicitor’s client account to clear any approved outstanding invoices.

    Drawdown requests can be made through the online portal which, once submitted, will send an email to your client requiring their confirmation that Novitas can release funds to you. Once approved, Novitas will aim to send funds to the firm's client account within 48 hours.
     

    What happens if the client changes solicitor?

    If they wish to change solicitor, the new solicitor would have to be approved on the Novitas scheme before allowing the loan to be transferred. Otherwise the loan will need to be repaid immediately.

    Can Novitas stop funding during the case?

    Yes, there are circumstances which may mean we stop any further drawdowns from the loan, including but not limited to: 

    • disclosure of subsequent material facts that adversely affect the case
    • solicitor coming off the record
    • solicitor not meeting the undertakings in the Global Terms agreement
    • client behaviour that causes concern about the performance of the loan and its recoverability
    • if there is an extension pending