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What is No Win No Fee?

No Win No Fee –  or conditional fee agreement (CFA) – is an arrangement between yourself and your solicitor that ensures you don’t need to worry about paying for upfront legal fees when making a compensation claim. 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.

We offer No Win No Fee on accident, personal injury and medical negligence cases. No risk, no catch. If you don’t win, you don’t pay.

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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.

Why First4Lawyers?

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Every year, we help thousands of people make claims after suffering an injury or accident that wasn't their fault

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We work with a carefully selected panel of expert solicitors

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We are the UK's largest independent personal injury firm.

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

Personal Injury

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 a free no-obligation review of your case.

Medical negligence

Medical negligence

No Win No Fee 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.

Road accident

Road accident

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.

Minor injuries
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.

Major injuries
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

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.

Beyond accidents at work, we can also look into compensation following industrial diseases, such as respiratory issues or skin disease.

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 make a 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:

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Contact us either over the phone (0800 567 7866 on a landline; 0333 577 8866 on a mobile) or via our contact form

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Discuss your situation

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.

Do you offer No Win No Fee?

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, but our advisers can talk you through that.

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 call you for free advice?

Yes, you can call us for free advice. Our team of experts will be able to take your call on 0800 567 7866 (0333 577 8866 for mobiles), available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

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.

How to guides

Learn more about this area of law and what you need to know:

How to report and claim for an accident at work

We know that if you’ve had an accident at work it can be a very worrying time, but this guide can help.

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How to Claim

Whether claiming for yourself or somebody else, starting the claim couldn’t be easier.

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How to take the council to court after an accident or injury

If you’ve had an accident as the result of negligence by the council it can be confusing knowing how to proceed.

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How to choose an injury or accident solicitor

If you need to make a claim it's hard to know where to start.

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How to file a medical negligence claim

In this guide, we’ll help you understand, how to file a medical negligence claim

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Take all the stress out of making your claim by having one of our specialists there for advice every step of the way

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Recover all costs arising from your case when we work for you on a No Win No Fee basis

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Donna Henshaw

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Donna has a First Class law degree from Sheffield Hallam University and has used her qualification to expand her legal knowledge. She works on a number of claims, each of them complex, but she works hard to achieve the best result for each of her clients.

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