The no win no fee arrangement means exactly that
In 1998 the government of the day abolished legal aid for personal injury compensation claims, with the exception of medical negligence claims. This put claims out of reach of many people who could not afford the legal fees. The 1999 Finance Act allowed these cases to be dealt with under the conditional fee arrangement. This is an agreement between the law firm and client that if the law case is lost, the client will make no payment. This agreement holds even if there is an out of court settlement.
The pros and cons of the no win no fee arrangement
No win no fee gives access to the courts for those who cannot afford the solicitors fees and costs of a civil litigation. They also provide a powerful incentive for the solicitor to work diligently on the client’s case, as if they lose they do not get paid. In situations where the client is paying the law firm an hourly rate for their services, they will have to pay the fees, win or lose. This means the law firm may not be quite so bothered about a win. Finally, as lawyers take on the litigation risk of the case, they are less likely to pursue claims which they are fairly certain will be unsuccessful. This does mean the “chancers” of this world are not so certain to be able to make a claim.
The main disadvantage is that it can stop some people getting the access to the justice they deserve. This is because some unscrupulous lawyers will only take on the cases that are easy pickings, ones that require more work they refuse to do.
Paying you own legal costs instead of no win no fee
It is rare for claimants to pay their own legal fees. As with all legal cases, if you win you can claim the costs back through the courts, but if you lose, there is no recourse to get any of your money back.
Accident Advice Helpline operate on a no win no fee arrangement
Accident Advice Helpline was formed in 2000 to give access to justice to blameless victims of accidents through the no win no fee arrangement. We have operated that way since we started and over the last 15 years have helped many thousands of claimants, with all types of injuries, from all types of accidents, win the compensation to which they were entitled.
Our in house solicitors are experienced and knowledgeable; they will handle your claim simply and efficiently. They will ensure that all aspects of your claim are investigated to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible.
On our website, there is a 30 second test which will give you a rough idea of the amount you may receive.
If you call our freephone helpline, on 0800 689 0500, you can speak to one of our friendly advisors. They are professional and will provide you with free legal advice. If you decide you wish to continue (you will be under no obligation to do so), they will start the processes for you.
Date Published: 29th August 2013