No win no fee
How to get the compensation you deserve at no cost to you.
Hundreds if not thousands of people around the UK could be due some compensation for injuries which were not their fault. A lack of knowledge of the legal system and their rights, as well as a lack of money to engage solicitors often stand in the way. The result, they go ahead with their lives without ever receiving any redress from the law. All this is changes when they become familiar with the work of no win no fee solicitors.
What is No Win No Fee?
No Win No Fee is the layman term used in place of the legal term “Conditional Fee Agreements” CFAs. A No Win No Fee solicitor will take a client’s case with no payment upfront, on the condition that they will get paid if the case is successful. If A CFA case is successful the solicitors recovers their costs from the compensation due to the client but at a higher rate to reflect the risk involved in taking on the case.
Who is Eligible for No Win No Fee?
No Win No Fee is suitable for some cases better than others. If you have been involved in an accident and you are not to blame, or you have had a botched surgery, then you may use a No Win No Fee solicitor. Therefore Personal Injury* and medical accident cases are more suited to CFAs. Your solicitor will make an assessment as to whether your case is suitable for No Win No Fee arrangement.
How Does No Win No Fee Work?
If you have been involved in an accident but you do not have the money to hire a solicitor, find a No Win No Fee Solicitor who will take your case.
The process usually involves attending an assessment meeting with the solicitor. This will be an opportunity for them to access the likelihood of success for your case.
Once the solicitors have gone through the details of your case and are satisfied of the probability of success, they will need to explain the CFA to you. It is very important that you fully understand the terms of the agreement and the levels of fees you will pay. Other important aspects to consider are:
Make sure you are not liable to any legal costs for the other side
Ensure there are no unexpected costs
The level of fees you will pay if successful
Why Should I Consider a No Win No Fee Solicitor?
CFAs and No Win No Fee solicitors are an important element of the legal system, making legal redress available to people who have no finances to pay for representation upfront.
They do not cost you any money upfront and solicitors will usually take on cases with a high probability of success.
No Win No Fee solicitors put in time to represent CFA clients and therefore they will ensure they try their best to win a claim, as this is the only way they will get paid.
No Win No Fee is therefore a very realistic way to obtain legal representation and they make the legal process available to people who wouldn’t otherwise have afforded it. There is a lot of bad press about this type of law practice but not all solicitors are out to take advantage of their clients.
Choosing the right solicitor to represent you is therefore a very important step when you decide to take this route.
Disclaimer: *In contentious business a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.