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Solicitors: Family law

During the case

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

    Yes. Each draw down 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?

    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 the client wishes to change solicitor, the new solicitor needs to be approved on the Novitas scheme before the loan can be transferred. Otherwise the loan will need to be repaid immediately.

    What happens if the client reconciles with their spouse?

    Even if the legal proceedings cease, your client is still obliged to repay the loan under the terms of the agreement.

    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