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Court fees are paid depending on the value of the claim. The higher the claim , the higher the fee. A solicitor will obviously have to assess the value of a claim in any event to see whether it is worth pursuing and there is no point in paying a higher court fee than necessary. The value of damages in personal injury cases is based on previous awards for similar style injuries and solicitors will refer to reference books such as Kemp and Kemp and/or the Judicial Studies Board guide to the value of personal injury claims to guage the value.
As such, valuing the claim is something the solicitor would be expected to do. However, whilst this may be the case, it is something that the solicitor could have explained to you.
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Are the damages mentioned intended for my highest award or are they intended for the Barrister and solicitors fees who have been acting for me?
The damages are the upper limit of what your claim is likely to be worth to you in respect of the damages awarded to you.
They have no relation to either the solicitors or barristers fees.