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no win no fee FAQ


No win no fee FAQ

This no win no fee FAQ aims to answer your questions about how no win no fee compensation claims work.


Why was the no win no fee basis of handling compensation claims introduced?

Before no win no fee arrangements were introduced, people were reluctant to try to claim compensation because if they lost their claim, they could potentially face a legal bill that they could not afford. Legal Aid was means tested which meant that it was not available to everyone.

This changed in 1995 when no win no fee arrangements were introduced, meaning that everyone had access to compensation when they were injured in an accident that was somebody else’s fault.

This resulted in a fairer legal system because anyone who was injured could claim compensation for their injury, regardless of whether they could afford legal advice. This is explained in this no win no fee FAQ.


What sort of accident compensation claims can be handled on a no win no fee basis?

All of them. This includes claims for injuries arising from:

  • road traffic accidents
  • slips, trips and falls in public places
  • medical negligence
  • accidents in your place of work

The only requirements for someone making a no win no fee claim are that they must have been injured in an accident and that accident must have been someone else’s fault.


Do all of Accident Advice Helpline’s legal partners work on a no win no fee basis?

Yes. Accident Advice Helpline works with a network of legal partners and they all work on a no win no fee basis to help their clients secure the full amount of compensation that they deserve.


So if I lose my case, I do not need to pay the legal partners’ fees?

That is correct. Although you can find out whether you have a valid claim by taking the unique 30 second online test on Accident Advice Helplines website.


Who pays for the fees of Accident Advice Helpline’s legal partners when I win my case?

When you win your case, the legal partners’ fees are claimed back from the other side.


So there is no risk to me?

As explained earlier in this no win no fee FAQ, there is no risk because if you lose, you do not have to pay the legal partners’ fees and if you win, the fees are claimed back from the other side.


How can I make a no win no fee compensation claim?

First, take the unique 30 second online test on Accident Advice Helplines website to see if you have a valid claim.

Assuming you do, your case will be passed to one of the legal partners on Accident Advice Helpline’s legal panel. Most claims can be dealt with on the telephone and you will not usually be required to attend court.

Accident Advice Helpline’s patron is consumer champion 0800 689 5659 and is operated 24/7.