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No Win No Fee
What is no win no fee?
No win no fee (also known as a conditional fee agreement) is an agreement between you and your solicitor which means you won’t have to pay their fee if you don’t win your case. This takes the risk out of claiming and means you won’t be left with a bill you can’t afford.
Another benefit of no win no fee is that you don’t need to pay any costs upfront – once our solicitors take on your case, you’ll only need to pay them if you win your case.
Everyone has the right to compensation after an accident which wasn’t their fault, and no win no fee makes this possible for most personal injury and medical negligence cases, regardless of your financial situation.
For more information, and to find out whether you could make a claim, you can speak to an advisor on 0800 234 6438. If you decide to go ahead with your claim, we’ll be able to put you in touch with a solicitor who can take you through the next steps.
What percentage do lawyers take if you win your case?
If your claim is successful, then you’ll receive your compensation and can spend it however you choose.
You’ll need to pay your solicitor’s success fee as a percentage of your compensation – but this will usually be a small portion of your claim. The exact amount varies depending on how complex your case is, but it will never be more than 25% of the money you receive. You’ll also have discussed and agreed the amount with your solicitor before starting your case.
Our priority is to make sure you get the money you need for your recovery, so you don’t need to worry about all your compensation being taken up by legal fees and solicitors’ costs.
For over a decade, the no win no fee system has been the basis for making personal injury claims in the UK. This video explains the basics of how no win no fee works.
No win no fee and ATE insurance
As well as making your claim on a no win no fee basis, your solicitor will also arrange After the Event (ATE) insurance for you.
If you lose your case, you’ll usually need to pay the other party’s legal costs. But ATE insurance will cover this for you as well as your own solicitor’s expenses, so it adds another layer of financial protection.
You’ll only need to pay for your ATE insurance policy if your claim is successful, and this will make up part of your solicitor’s fee.
All about our no win no fee solicitors
After suffering from an injury which wasn’t your fault, you deserve a high standard of legal representation so that you have the best possible chance of getting the compensation you need.
We work with a panel of high-quality solicitor firms who have a wide range of experience, dealing with many different injury types. We set the standards high – so you can be sure you’re in safe hands.
Our solicitors will be able to handle most of the claim on your behalf, leaving you with the time to concentrate on other things. But they’ll keep you up-to-date with any progress and will be on-hand to give you help and advice if you need it.
There are no hidden fees, and our solicitors can usually help you make your claim on a no win no fee basis. There are some rare exceptions to this, but if this applies to your case, they’ll let you know before starting your claim and will talk you through the other options available.
How to make a no win no fee claim
To find out whether you could make a no win no fee claim, you can speak to us for free on 0800 234 6438, or enter your name and phone number in the form at the top of this page and we’ll call you back.
Generally, it’s likely you could claim if your accident happened in the last three years and was somebody else’s fault. But we know it can sometimes be difficult for you to tell who’s responsible for your injury, so we recommend getting in touch with us.
When you speak to us, we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about no win no fee and the claims process but we’ll never push you into taking the next steps if you don’t feel ready.
But if you do choose to go ahead and start your claim, we’ll put you in touch with a trustworthy solicitor who will be able to negotiate on your behalf, and can do most of the paperwork for you.
They’ll have a wide range of experience, dealing with cases such as:
- Medical negligence claims
- Accidents at work
- Road traffic accidents
- Slips, trips and falls
- Serious injuries
What is legal aid?
Legal Aid hasn’t been available for personal injury claims since the year 2000 – instead, it was replaced by no win no fee.
Legal aid is funding from the government which helps people to pay for legal costs so that they can get a fair hearing. Although this is no longer possible for personal injury cases, it can be used for other legal advice.
In order to be able to receive legal aid, you have to prove that you can’t afford to pay for legal representation on your own.
The history of no win no fee
The proper term for no win no fee is ‘conditional fee agreement’. It was first introduced as part of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990, but didn’t start to be used until 1995.
By taking away the financial risks and upfront costs of making a claim, no win no fee was created to make compensation accessible to as many people as possible, so that they could get the support they need.
As part of The Jackson Report in 2013, some changes were made to no win no fee. Despite evidence showing that there’s been less and less compensation claims over the last ten years, there was a growing belief that a ‘compensation culture’ exists in the UK. Because of this, the government decided to review how no win no fee works.
Before then, legal fees were paid by the other side, which meant that you would keep all the compensation you received. This changed in 2013, so now you need to pay a success fee to cover your solicitor’s costs – but this fee is capped at 25% of your compensation.