Although Legal Aid lawyers in London can still be found, they do not deal with personal injury compensation claims because Legal Aid for personal injury compensation claims has been abolished.
However, the abolition of Legal Aid for personal injury compensation claims does not mean that only wealthy people have access to justice now. Conditional fee arrangements were introduced for personal injury compensation claims in 1998 to take the place of Legal Aid, which means that rather than being paid via Legal Aid, the Legal Aid solicitors in London were allowed to offer conditional fee arrangements to their clients.
What are conditional fee arrangements?
Conditional fee arrangements are more commonly known as “no win, no fee*” arrangements. If the claimant loses their case, there is no fee to pay. If the claimant wins their case, their costs can be claimed back from the other side.
In this way, people making a claim know that they are not going to face a large legal bill at the end of their case no matter whether they win or lose the case. Also, unlike the Legal Aid system, conditional fee arrangements are not means tested, so they are available to everyone, regardless of their income or how much money they have saved.
How can I find a solicitor that will help me to claim compensation under a conditional fee arrangement?
Most of the Legal Aid lawyers in London began to offer conditional fee arrangements in 1998 when the change in the legal system was implemented. The majority of these solicitors will now act for clients on a no win, no fee* basis.Open Claim Calculator
An alternative to using a solicitor is to use a law firm that offers help on a no win, no fee* basis, such as Accident Advice Helpline.
How can Accident Advice Helpline help me claim compensation?
Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people claim the compensation that they deserve for over ten years. The company’s patron is consumer champion Esther Rantzen, and it is regulated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority.
Accident Advice Helpline works with a panel of over 200 legal partners. All of these legal partners work on a no win, no fee* basis, so you do not worry about how much it will cost you to claim compensation if you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault.
Generally, Accident Advice Helpline will be able to deal with your claim by telephone, although you may need to attend a medical assessment. It is unusual for a claimant to have to attend court in person.
To claim compensation, you must have been injured in an accident that was somebody else’s fault, and you should start your compensation claim within three years of the date of your accident. You can find out whether you have a valid claim by using the unique 30 second online test on Accident Advice Helpline’s website.