What is a no win no fee solicitor?

You may have heard of no win no fee solicitors. ‘No Win, No Fee’ is the name given to an agreement solicitors such as us here at Waldrons, who pursue claims on behalf of their clients enter into with their clients. For some kinds of claims such as personal injury claims, no win no fee can be particularly effective, as clients will only be liable to pay the solicitor if they win the claim.

What is a no-win no-fee claim and how does it work?

A no-win wo-fee agreement is also called a ‘conditional fee agreement’, and essentially means that the client will only pay the solicitor’s legal fees if they win the case.

No win no fee claims can be made for particular kinds of claims, such as:

  • Accidents at work
  • Accident or illness abroad
  • Accidents in public areas
  • Asbestos illness claims
  • Road traffic accident injury claims
  • Medical negligence claims
  • Serious injury
  • Industrial diseases

If you have found yourself in a situation whereby you think that you can make a claim, the first step is to speak to our team here at Waldrons. We will go through your case and decide whether we believe that you have a case and whether it is suitable for a no win no fee agreement.

If we believe that you have a reasonable chance of winning the case, we may be able to offer you a no win no fee agreement. As our client, you pay no fees upfront, and will only be eligible to pay if you win. Usually, when it comes to no win no fee cases, your opponent will have to pay some of your fees if they lose. If you lose your claim, you will not need to pay our legal fees but may have some expenses (or disbursements) to pay for which you would expect to be protected by insurance.

What kinds of personal medical negligence claims can you file with a no-win no-fee contract?

One of the most common types of personal injury claims that are made in the UK is medical negligence claims. These are claims that are made against healthcare professionals to compensate for personal injuries that have resulted from an action (or inaction) from them.

Some of the personal medical negligence claims that can be pursued by a no win no fee solicitor includes, but are not limited to:

  • Amputation negligence claims
  • Birth injury claims
  • Cancer misdiagnosis claims
  • Cerebral palsy claims
  • Dental negligence claims
  • Hospital negligence claims
  • Surgery compensation claims

Can you make a no-win no-fee claim?

For personal injury claims, no win no fee agreements are a very common method of making a claim. If you feel that you have been injured in an accident that was someone else’s fault, there is a good chance that you can make a personal injury, no win no fee claim against them. The first step would be to contact us here at Waldrons to talk through your situation and enable us to assess your case.

What happens if your case is rejected?

Although our assessment process usually means that we do not take on cases unless we are reasonably confident that we will win them, there is, of course, a chance that you might not win your case. If this happens:

  • You will not pay anything
  • Your disbursements and opponent’s costs and legal fees will be covered by your insurance

How much will you be required to pay if you win?

In general, if you win your personal injury no win no fee case, it is your opponent who pays your legal fees. However, in some cases, there are a few charges that you will need to cover. These include:

  • The cost of your insurance policy for no win no fee
  • A ‘success fee’ that is used to cover the costs of your claim had not been successful
  • Certain basic legal costs that are not covered by your opponent This money, however, will normally be directly deducted from the total amount of compensation that you have won.

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Last reviewed on 11/07/23 by Joseph Norton who is an Associate Director and Solicitor