You have probably heard it a lot, particularly if you have researched compensation claims but what exactly does ‘no-win no-fee*’ mean?
Defining no-win no-fee*
Accident Advice Helpline works on a no-win no-fee* basis, over all of our compensation claim cases, whether it is for a road traffic accident, accident at work, slip, trip or fall, or any other type of accident that leads to injury.
In the UK, no-win no-fee* refers to a conditional fee agreement between a claimant and a law firm such as Accident Advice Helpline. This means that the law firm takes on the case but if it is lost then the claimant does not have to pay. If you win your compensation case, however, then the basis of the fee is, usually, the normal hourly billing rates plus a success fee.
These types of fees were originally made available in 1995 and amended most recently in April 2013 so that injury lawyers no longer take their success fees from the losing party. Following a successful claim a percentage of the compensation awarded is used as the lawyer’s fee; this is currently limited to a maximum of 25 per cent.
No-win no-fee* in Scotland
In Scotland things are a little different as rather than fixing a percentage of the winnings as the amount of fee paid the client and lawyer agree on a per cent increase in the fee on winning the case.
In order for the lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline to take on a case your claim must fit certain criteria so that it is a winnable exercise. The same conditions apply to accidents on the road or in any other place.
- Your injury must have been the result of an accident in the last three years
- It must have been somebody else’s fault
- It is helpful to have witness information
- Organise all the documents and facts you have at your disposal
As a result when you call our Accident Advice Helpline Freephone number to discuss your compensation claim, if your case is valid, we will offer the best advice to proceed.
Most claimants never need to go to court and most claims are dealt with over the telephone but it is important to have the documents and information available on request.
Our legal team has years of experience dealing with traffic accidents on the road, work injury, travel accidents and many more areas, and by offering a no-win no-fee* service, we allow access for those who cannot otherwise afford legal representation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice