No Win No Fee
How do you make a No Win No Fee professional negligence claim?
Firstly you need to find an experienced Personal Injury* and medical negligence solicitor who as well as acting on the usual private client basis, has a wealth of past experience of pursuing professional negligence claims under a No Win No Fee basis.
No Win No Fee claims are ideally suited to strong claims that have a value in excess of 10,000 Euros.
Naturally any solicitor will have to carry out a risk assessment of your potential professional negligence claim before deciding whether the merits of the case are sufficiently strong for them to accept it on a No Win No Fee basis. No Win No Fee can represent a significant proportion of any Personal Injury* and medical negligence solicitor’s portfolio, so it is very important to them from a commercial point of view to ensure that the risks are properly assessed. Your choice should be a firm that has an excellent record of success and that we aims to keep it that way! In some situations they will be able to make an immediate decision for you. In others, they may need to see a report on liability from an expert witness, such as a surveyor or an accountant, doctor, consultant or expert before they can make a decision.
Once they have agreed to take your professional negligence claim on under a No Win No Fee basis you will only be responsible for their fees if you win your case. And because the loser is normally required to contribute towards the winner’s legal fees you can expect to recover a good proportion of those costs from your opponent.
If the case is successful you will also be responsible for paying a fee. This additional fee is sometimes recoverable from the other side.
Going the No Win No Fee route can be an excellent way in which to fund a professional negligence claim, it is important to avoid the common mistake of thinking that it means there will be no cost to you. Win or lose, you will have a liability for part of your overall costs. Therefore potential claimants should seriously consider whether the claim is commercially viable from the outset.
Disclaimer: *In contentious business a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.