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. It means that if you don’t win your case then you won’t have to pay their fee. This takes the risk out of claiming, and means you won’t be left with a bill you can’t afford.
With no win no fee, you don’t need to pay any costs upfront – once a solicitor takes on your case, you’ll only need to pay them if you win the case. This ‘success fee’ is taken as a percentage of the compensation you receive.
Everyone has the right to compensation after an accident which wasn’t their fault – that’s why we can help you make your claim on a no win no fee basis for most personal injury and medical negligence cases.
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 choose to go ahead, they’ll be able to put you in touch with a no win no fee solicitor who can take you through the next steps.
What happens if you lose your claim?
You might be worried that you’ll be left with an expensive solicitor bill if your claim is unsuccessful, but this isn’t the case. Because our solicitors work on a no win no fee basis, you won’t need to pay their fees if you don’t receive your compensation.
You’ll also be protected from paying the other side’s costs, as your solicitor will arrange After the Event (ATE) insurance on your behalf. This insurance covers the other party’s legal expenses if you lose your claim, so you don’t need to worry about being left under financial pressure.
You’ll only need to pay for your ATE insurance if your claim is successful – this will make up part of your solicitor’s fee.
What happens if you win your claim?
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. It will also have been discussed and agreed 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 solicitor’s 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.
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 submit your name and phone number at the top of this page and we’ll call you back.
If you choose to go ahead with your claim, we can put you forward to a solicitor who can give you more information on no win no fee and can then get your claim started. 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
No matter what type of accident you’ve been involved in, it’s likely you could make a claim if it happened in the last three years and was somebody else’s fault.
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.
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.