What is No Win No Fee?
A No Win No Fee arrangement – which is also known as a contingency or conditional fee agreement (CFA) – is an agreement between yourself and your solicitor that ensures you don’t need to worry about paying for upfront legal fees. Quite simply, your solicitor will take on your case and, if you don’t win any compensation, you won’t need to pay any of your solicitor’s costs.
No risk, no catch. If you don’t win, you don’t pay.
How does No Win No Fee work?
No Win No Fee arrangements were introduced to give those who couldn’t afford legal representation access to the justice they needed to make a compensation claim.
Originally, this meant No Win No Fee arrangements would ensure all legal costs associated with making a claim were covered by the defending party. As well as not having to pay any costs, this also meant claimants would keep 100% of their compensation.
In April 2013, however, new legislation was introduced which meant solicitors were no longer able to recover all of their fees from the defending party.
The First4lawyers panel of specialist personal injury and medical negligence solicitors are still able to offer No Win No Fee arrangements, which guarantee that if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t need to pay anything.
If your case is successful, you will be required to contribute towards the cost of legal representation. These costs are calculated on a percentage basis, depending on your personal circumstances. With First4lawyers, this will never be more than 25% of any amount that you’re awarded.
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Are all legal cases covered by No Win No Fee?
Not every legal case can be covered by No Win No Fee, but certain ‘civil’ cases, meaning those not involving criminal charges, can come under this type of conditional fee agreement.
Medical negligence and personal injury claims are classed as civil cases, and are covered by No Win No Fee in England and Wales.
There are different rules for personal injury and medical negligence in Northern Ireland and Scotland, and in some cases, you can make a No Win No Fee claim for employment issues. Typical No Win No Fee cases include the following types of claims:
Personal injury claims and No Win No Fee
Typically, you can make a personal injury claim when you have been involved in an incident that was not your fault, usually due to negligence by another party.
The amount of compensation you can claim will be assessed on two areas: ‘general damages’ and ‘special damages’. Together, these areas will ensure that you receive compensation to cover any pain and suffering to date, as well as taking into consideration any future mental or physical implications of the injury.
At First4lawyers, we don’t just work to win you the compensation you’re entitled to – we also help you gain the support you need to get back on your feet. Our solicitors look at the long-term impact of your injury to make sure you’re awarded the maximum amount you deserve.
The time limit for making a personal injury claim typically falls within three years of the accident. However, we understand that every case is different. Based on the type of injury and how it occurred, you may be entitled to compensation for an incident that occurred more than three years ago. Our specialist advisors are always happy to offer free a no-obligation review of your case.
The No Win No Fee process for medical negligence
If you’ve suffered medical negligence, not only can it have life-changing consequences, it can also seem like a daunting prospect to seek out the compensation and justice you are entitled to. Our specialist No Win No Fee medical negligence experts take away the stress and risk of making a claim, simply helping you to achieve the outcome you deserve.
From misdiagnosis to cosmetic surgery negligence, they will gather all the information needed to make the strongest case possible. This includes gathering medical information, as well as seeking supportive evidence from impartial experts to prove those involved have failed to provide you with a reasonable standard of care.
At the same time, they will ensure you continue to receive the medical treatment you need to make a full recovery.
Contact one of our legal advisors today to discuss how to start your No Win No Fee claim.
No Win No Fee and road traffic accidents
If you’ve suffered a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, we understand how distressing the situation can be and can help you make a No Win No Fee claim to begin to put things right.
Depending on the severity of your injuries and the type of accident you’ve had, the length of time it takes to make a claim can vary.
If you’ve been in a collision and sustained minor injuries such as whiplash, your claim can usually be settled within a few weeks.
Get in touch with one of our helpful advisors as soon as possible to discuss your circumstances, so we can ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
We understand that major injuries have more serious consequences and can take longer to resolve. Our experts will be on hand every step of the way. They will work to get you the compensation you deserve and will look at securing interim payments to cover the cost of rehabilitation while your claim is being processed.
If the other driver did not stop to give you their details, you may still be able make a claim for compensation through the Untraced Drivers Agreement in the Motors Insurers Bureau. Get in touch with one of our agents to discuss your individual circumstances and find out what you might be entitled to.
Accident at Work
How to make a No Win No Fee claim after an accident at work
We understand that claiming for an accident at work can be a daunting prospect, as you may feel anxious about causing conflict in your workplace. Rest assured that when you make a claim for an accident at work, you aren’t confronting your employer directly. The claim you make is against the employer’s liability insurance, and so by asserting your right to compensation you won’t be negatively impacting your co-workers or your employer.
Whether you’re full-time, part-time or a private contractor at the time of the accident, you can claim compensation for injuries sustained in the workplace.
Contact our expert legal advisors to learn how you can start a claim, and get the justice you deserve.
The expert team at First4lawyers specialise in No Win No Fee accident at work claims. They can gather all of the information needed to make your case, including witness statements, proof of injury and an expert review of what caused the injury, managing the details on your behalf from start to finish.
How to claim
You can make a claim under a conditional fee agreement either for yourself or on behalf of someone else. Here’s what you need to do:
Discuss your situation with us
One of our legally qualified claims advisors will contact you soon after your initial contact to discuss the claim with you in more detail
Gain legal representation
The claims advisor will connect you with one of our specialist No Win No Fee solicitors who has the experience necessary to deal with your case. They will manage the entire claim from start to finish, helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve.
For more information about how to make a claim, visit our How to Claim page.
What do you need to know about No Win No Fee?
Is First4Lawyers a free service?
You can contact First4Lawyers to discuss any legal issue completely free of charge. The majority of personal injury and medical negligence claims are then managed on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning you won’t have to pay any upfront legal fees. For all other areas of law, we offer a price guarantee service.
Will I be able to make a No Win No Fee claim?
All of our personal injury cases in England, Wales and Scotland are handled on a No Win No Fee basis. The rules for No Win No Fee in Northern Ireland, and medical negligence cases in Scotland, are slightly different (see below). No matter where you live, though, and whatever the case, one of our claims advisors will be happy to answer any questions you have, free of charge.
Do I have to make a contribution to legal fees from any compensation won for a personal injury or medical negligence claim?
Yes, you will need to contribute towards your legal expenses from the compensation you win. Changes in legislation mean the full cost of legal representation can no longer be recovered from the defendant. However, the amount you contribute will never be more than 25% of the compensation you’ve been awarded.
Can I use my Legal Expense Insurance?
Legal expense insurance may be available through your bank account or motor insurance policy, and can be used to cover the costs of your legal claim. However, before employing this insurance, we recommend speaking to our solicitors to decide if this is the best option for you in your case.
Are there any restrictions on making a no win, no fee personal injury claim?
If you are based in either England or Wales, almost all of our personal injury, accident and medical negligence claims are made on a No Win No Fee basis. You won’t have to pay anything to our solicitors if you don’t win your case. However, if you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, the legislation for No Win No Fee is different from the rest of the UK (see below).
What are the rules for No Win No Fee in Northern Ireland?
You can still make a medical negligence or personal injury claim if you live in Northern Ireland, but there isn’t a No Win No Fee policy available.
However, we still will review your case for free and advise you on what claim we believe you can make in your circumstances, including the associated costs.
I’m making a claim in Scotland, what does it mean for me?
Personal injury claims in Scotland can be carried out using a No Win No Fee arrangement in the same manner as in England and Wales.
However, contingency fee agreements cannot be applied to medical negligence claims in Scotland. We are still happy to discuss your circumstances free of charge, and provide you with advice for your next steps.
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