As third-party litigation funders, we are often asked by insolvency office holders whether we are interested in acquiring claims as opposed to funding them. The answer to that question depends on the type of claim because not all claims are capable of assignment.

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When I made the move from being an insolvency lawyer in private practice to working in litigation funding, being a firm advocate of funding myself, I was surprised at the level of scepticism with which I was met from insolvency practitioners especially. One former client in particular told me that he held funders in low regard because they only ever cherry picked the best cases.

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Less than two years ago, the term “fake news” was not recognised by the majority of people. Although a tool used by governments and powerful individuals for centuries to spread disinformation, boost their support and quash dissenters, the term came to prominence in the US Presidential election of 2016, primarily as a means by which Donald Trump could dispel any negative story about his campaign.

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Our Managing Director, Maurice Power, was honoured to be invited to be the first international contributor to the Litigation Finance Journal’s weekly podcast. During the interview, Maurice gives an insight into litigation funding in the UK, how Ferguson Litigation Funding came to be and the impact Brexit may have on UK litigation.

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Article published in The Times’ The Brief by The Brief team

More than 90 per cent of insolvency litigation specialists consider using third-party funders in their actions, research published yesterday revealed.

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Research by Ferguson Litigation Funding (FLF), has found that, 18-months after the removal of the exemption from the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), 93% of Insolvency Practitioners say they are more likely to seek third party litigation funding, as supported by the Statements of Insolvency Practitioners (SIP) 2 para 11.

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Ferguson Litigation Funding (FLF) welcomes business development and client care specialist Paul Cooklin to the management team, further strengthening the funder’s capability. Paul joins FLF as Business Development Manager, arriving from litigation funder Manolete Partners PLC, where he was formerly Chief Operating Officer.
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Article published in: Modern Law Magazine | Published in February 2017

As third-party litigation funding matures in the European market, investors are increasingly considering the attractions of backing the funders. It is increasingly becoming a partnership that is working for both sides, and the key to success for investors lies in working with teams that are able to originate and source cases – because there is plenty of capital queueing up to back the right opportunities.

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