No Win No Fee Solicitors – Everything You Need To Know

By Lewis Houston. Last Updated 10th August 2023. In this guide, we will explore how you can work with No Win No Fee solicitors and the benefit of doing so when seeking compensation following an accident in which you sustained harm.

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No Win No Fee solicitor guide

Have you been injured because of an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence? If so, you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim for your accident.

A claim could be made for an injury sustained in an accident in a public place, an accident at work, or a road traffic accident. However, you must have sustained your injury in an accident caused by someone who breached the duty of care they owed you.

We understand you may feel apprehensive about the process of seeking compensation, which is why you may benefit from hiring an experienced solicitor to represent your claim.

Many are worried about hiring legal representation because of the costs involved. We would always advise looking into the option of a No Win No Fee solicitor. We’ll provide more information on what it involves throughout our guide.

However, this is a service our panel of personal injury solicitors can offer. If you’d like to find out more about how you could work with a solicitor from our panel, contact our team on the details below:

  • Telephone: 0800 408 7825
  • Online form: Contact us by filling out our online form with your query.
  • Live chat: An advisor can answer your queries via the live chat function below.

Alternatively, continue reading to learn more about seeking compensation for your pain and suffering.

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What Are No Win No Fee Solicitors?

No Win No Fee is an umbrella term for agreements such as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Under this type of agreement, you won’t pay a success fee if your claim is unsuccessful.

Additionally, under these agreements, a solicitor generally does not take an upfront fee in order to start working on a claim. Also, usually, there are no ongoing costs to pay while your claim proceeds.

Instead, the client will pay a success fee if their claim is successful. The fee is deducted from the client’s compensation payout as a percentage that is subject to a legal cap.

For that reason, hiring legal representation on a No Win No Fee basis may be more affordable for many claimants as it reduces the risk of having to pay high legal fees if the claim fails and no compensation is awarded.

No Win No Fee solicitors are those who operate claims on this basis. However, due to the risk involved for solicitors, they will only take on cases that have a good chance of success.

For that reason, claims must meet the following criteria in order to be considered:

  • Someone must have owed you a duty of care
  • They must have breached the duty of care they owed you
  • As a result, you must have sustained physical or psychological harm.

What Is The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013?

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) brought in a success fee for Conditional Fee Agreements. The reason the success fee was brought in was to prevent the claimant’s solicitor from getting all their fees from the defendant in successful claims.

Following the introduction of the success fee in the LASPO Act 2012, the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013 set a legal cap on how much solicitors can charge for the success fee.

Therefore, solicitors can legally only charge a 25% success fee under a Conditional Fee Agreement CFA.

What Are The Benefits of Using A No Win No Fee Lawyer

Working with one of the No Win No Fee lawyers on our panel comes with many benefits. Alongside generally not charging an upfront service fee or any service fees whilst your personal injury claim is ongoing, you’ll also not be expected to pay them for the work they have provided should your claim fail.

Some of the other benefits that come with working with a No Win No Fee lawyer from our panel include:

  • Assistance with gathering relevant evidence to help support your claim.
  • Ensuring that your claim is filed within the relevant limitation period.
  • Someone to explain any of the legal jargon that may be used through your claim’s process.
  • A lawyer who can properly negotiate a fair compensation settlement for you.

If you would like to connect with our panel of personal injury lawyers on a No Win No Fee basis, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Claims No Win No Fee Solicitors Handle

No Win No Fee solicitors can handle various claims where someone has breached their duty of care, resulting in someone else sustaining harm, such as:

  • Road traffic accident claims: These include car accident claims, bike accident claims and pedestrian accident claims. For instance, the driver of a car may have failed to adhere to the speed limit causing them to knock over a pedestrian who was crossing the road at a designated crossing. As a result, the pedestrian may have sustained a minor head injury.
  • Public injury claims: For instance, you may wish to seek compensation from your local council for the broken arm you sustained falling down a defective pothole they had been made aware of but had not fixed in a reasonable timeframe.
  • Workplace accident claims: A claim could be made if your employer failed to carry out regular risk assessments on the equipment provided at work. As a result, you may have sustained a serious injury to your leg after falling from a faulty ladder.
  • Medical negligence claims: A claim for medical negligence could be made if a trained healthcare professional failed to provide you with the correct standard of care resulting in you sustaining an additional injury or avoidable harm. For instance, your doctor may have provided you with the wrong medication causing you to suffer an allergic reaction because they failed to check your patient history.
  • Data breach claims: For instance, an organisation may have failed to keep their security systems up to date resulting in them suffering a data breach incident that affected your personal data.

If you’ve experienced something similar or would like to discuss a different type of claim, call our team. They can discuss your claim in more detail and advise on whether you have valid grounds to seek compensation.

How Will My No Win No Fee Claim Work?

If you opt to hire No Win No Fee solicitors, you will sign a contract stipulating the terms of the agreement. The agreement will set out the success fee required in the event of a successful claim, what it covers and how it is deducted.

Additionally, you may be encouraged to take out After The Event (ATE) insurance to cover you in the event that your claim fails. However, in some cases, you may not require this insurance. For instance, you may already have Before The Event (BTE) insurance included in your home insurance policy.

It’s important to be aware of the time limit for personal injury claims. Under the Limitation Act 1980, generally, the time limit for making a compensation claim is three years.

The time limit may either start from the day of the accident or the date you became aware that someone else’s failings caused or contributed to the accident in which you sustained harm.

However, there are exceptions. For more information, please call our team on the number above.

What Percentage Do No Win No Fee Lawyers Take?

No Win No Fee solicitors will deduct a success fee from your compensation if they win your claim. However, the percentage they can charge is capped by law at 25% under a Conditional Fee Agreement,

If you wish to work with the solicitors from our panel, the success fee could be lower in certain circumstances.

For more information, please get in touch with our team of advisors on the number above.

What Happens If I Lose My No Win No Fee Case?

As there is a risk that solicitors won’t get paid in unsuccessful claims, they often only take on cases that have a good chance of success.

Despite this, not every claim is successful. However, if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t pay a success fee.

If you would like to learn more about fees involved in seeking legal representation from No Win No Fee solicitors, please call us today to speak with an advisor. Our advisors can answer any questions you may have about making a claim under this type of agreement.

How Much Could I Claim?

A successful claim may comprise general and special damages. General damages provide compensation for the pain and suffering caused by any physical and psychological injuries sustained as a result of someone else’s negligence.

You may be invited to attend a medical appointment which will be completed independently to produce a report on the full extent and nature of your condition. The report may be used alongside other medical evidence to help value your injuries.

Additionally, a document called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) is often used to help value claims. The publication sets out bracket compensation figures for different injuries of varying severities.

We have created a table using figures from the JCG to give you an idea of the compensation you could receive for different injuries. Please only use these figures as a guide as your actual settlement following a successful No Win No Fee personal injury claim may vary.

Type Of Injury About The Injury Compensation Example
Brain Damage (c) Moderate: (iii) Memory and the ability to concentrate will have been impacted by the injury. The person will also have a reduced ability to work and a (small) risk of epilepsy. However, they should only have limited dependence on others. £40,060 to £90,720
Skeletal Injuries (d) Fractured Cheekbone: (ii) A simple cheekbone fracture involving some reconstructive surgery with a full recovery and if there are any cosmetic effects, they will be minimal. £4,350 to £6,460
Skeletal Injuries (e) Fractured Jaw: (iii) A simple jaw fracture that requires immobilization but results in a full recovery. £6,460 to £8,730
Neck Injuries (b) Moderate: (i) Injuries might include a dislocation or fracture that needs a spinal fusion or a chronic neck condition. £24,990 to £38,490
Shoulder Injury (b) Serious: A dislocated shoulder with lower brachial plexus damage which results in shoulder and neck pain as well as other symptoms. £12,770 to £19,200
Back Injury (a) Severe: (iii) Injuries might include a disc lesion or disc fracture or soft tissue injuries that cause a chronic condition. £38,780 to £69,730
Arm Injury (b) A serious fracture affecting one or both forearms causing permanent and significant disability. £39,170 to £59,860
Wrist Injury (c) Less severe types of injury to the wrist which does cause some degree of permanent disability. £12,590 to £24,500
Leg Injury (c) Less serious: (ii) Simple femur fracture where there is no articular surface damage. £9,110 to £14,080

If you can’t see your injury listed on the table, call our team. An advisor can estimate what your claim is worth based on your circumstances.

What Are Special Damages?

Special damages aim to reimburse you for any out of pocket expenses associated with your injuries. They cover past and future losses and might include:

You will need to provide evidence of any monetary losses, such as payslips that provide details of any lost wages.

No Win No Fee Injury Claim Solicitors – Contact Us

Get in touch with our advisors today for free legal advice. We are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have. Remember, the solicitors on our panel can all work on the basis of No Win No Fee. The claim process could seem easier with the help of a solicitor.

There’s more than one way you can reach us:

  • Telephone: 0800 408 7825
  • Online form: Contact us by filling out our online form with your query.
  • Live chat: An advisor can answer your queries via the live chat function below.

Learn More About Making An Injury Claim

We have included some helpful resources below including some of our other guides on different types of claims. Also, we have provided external resources that you may find helpful.

We hope our guide on how No Win No Fee solicitors could benefit you has provided the information you need. However, if you require further information, please get in touch on the number above.