Legal aid is paid from public funds for those in need, to help with legal fees and proceedings. Whereas No Win No Fee is where you make a conditional fee arrangement with your solicitor to avoid paying legal fees upfront. You will only have to pay if your claim is successful, and therefore avoid costly fees if you lose.
No Win No Fee Claims Frequently Asked Questions
No Win No Fee – otherwise known as a contingency or conditional fee agreement – gives people the opportunity to make a claim for compensation without having to pay legal fees up front. This gives those who would struggle with the cost of legal representation a better opportunity to claim following things like personal injury, medical negligence, and more.
Our comprehensive No Win No Fee FAQs below answer the most common questions about this type of arrangement and can help you understand if you could qualify. For personal advice about No Win No Fee, get in touch with First4Lawyers for free, expert advice. Or request a callback at the top of the screen.
What’s the difference between legal aid and no win no fee?
How is No Win No Fee different to the legal cover I get through my insurance?
If you have an insurance policy it should cover the cost of legal fees and you may not need to take out a conditional fee (no win no fee) arrangement. However, our solicitors will assess this for you and will be able to determine whether your insurance covers the appropriate legal fees
Are there any catches to No Win No Fee?
Whilst there are some exceptions to No Win No fee in Scotland and Northern Ireland, it is otherwise as it sounds; if you don’t win, you don’t pay. When discussing your claim our advisors will be able to assess whether or not these exceptions apply to you, we won’t leave you with any hidden costs.
Can I pursue a No Win No Fee case if I have been offered or accepted an insurance pay-out or other settlement?
If you have been made an offer but haven’t accepted it, we would advise that you seek a second opinion on whether that offer is appropriate enough for the severity of accident you have had, our advisors will happily help you with this. However, if you have already accepted an offer then unfortunately there is nothing further we can do.
How does No Win No Fee work?
If you lose your case, solicitors will recover any costs from an insurance policy that they take out preceding your claim. If you win, our solicitors take a percentage of the final compensation up to 25%, and this will be discussed with you before the process begins so that there are no unexpected costs at the end.
How likely am I to win a No Win No Fee case?
It depends on the individual circumstances around your claim. Our advisors, who are trained to the highest standard, will discuss the details of your case with you and assess the likelihood it will succeed. This will be discussed with you in your initial phone call so that your time is not wasted.
I’ve been injured and want to make a No Win No Fee claim, can I?
If the accident was not your fault, you may have a No Win No Fee claim. By discussing your accident with one of our trained advisors we can assess whether you have a claim, and will be able to find a specialist solicitor to suit your needs.
How much of the settlement will I get from a No Win No Fee case/what percentage do solicitors take?
Our solicitors may take up to 25% of any compensation they win for you. However, they will discuss the exact percentage that will be deducted prior to any work happening. At this stage you are under no obligation to choose a First4Lawyers solicitor.
Who pays for the other side’s costs if I lose a no win no fee case?
As part of a conditional fee arrangement, any costs are covered by either arranging an insurance policy, or by using any existing legal expenses cover you may have. The solicitor will discuss any need for, and the suitability of, any insurance with you.
How do I compare No Win No Fee solicitors?
Our claims team will be able to assess your claim and match you with an expert solicitor who specialises in your type of claim. You can rest assured that as Claims Management Company of the Year 2012, 2013 and 2015 we will provide you with the best service, our trust pilot score of 9 for our reviews is also testament to the many satisfied customers we work with.
Can I make a No Win No Fee claim for medical negligence?
Yes, in England and Wales. However, in Scotland there may be some cases in which No Win No Fee does not apply, and unfortunately in Northern Ireland you cannot claim for medical negligence on a No Win No Fee basis. Your solicitor will be able to discuss this further with you, and will answer any questions you have before you decide if you would like to proceed.
I’ve had a Road Traffic Accident, can I make a No Win No Fee claim?
Yes, although the level of insurance you have may effect this (i.e. if you have legal cover). It is best to speak to one of our expert advisors, who will be able to assess your claim on its individual merits.
Does No Win No Fee apply to accidents at work?
Yes, if you were in an accident at work that was as a result of negligence, or was not your fault, you may have a No Win No Fee claim. Our advisors are expertly trained and will be able to assess this fully with you, before assigning you a specialist accident at work solicitor.