These are in effect the total legal costs payable by the injured person. If the claim is successful then the TAC would contribute the party/party costs, leaving a balance that has to be paid by the client. This balance is often referred to by lawyers as the “solicitor/client” component. The amount of legal costs varies from case to case as does the TAC contribution, except in TAC common law protocol settlements where the TAC has to contribute a fixed fee. The total costs of a proceeding can vary depending upon the amount of work that is required to be done. The total legal costs in a claim will be considerably greater if the case goes to trial than if the case is resolved by negotiated settlement at an early stage.