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Our no win no fee solicitors are personal injury experts who are members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority specialist panel¹. There is no standard CFA and different law firms have different requirements. Most accident cases in which victims are attempting to claim damages for personal injury are handled by compensation solicitors using a 'conditional fee agreement'(CFA) otherwise known as a 'no win no fee' arrangement. A CFA is entered into by the client and the no win no fee solicitor whereby the lawyer is only allowed to charge legal costs if the claim is successful and the client is awarded compensation. In almost all cases the loser also pays the winning sides legal costs thereby ensuring that compensation is paid in full with no deductions.

No Win No Fee Risk Assessment

If a no win no fee claim is lost and the client does not receive an award of damages then the compensation solicitor will not be paid and must write off legal costs. The solicitor will only receive payment if the court rules in the clients favour and the solicitor will therefore pay great attention to initial information supplied by the client in an attempt to establish whether or not the claim has a reasonable chance of success sufficient for the solicitor to consider investing his time and money.

Reasonable Chance of Success

For a compensation solicitor to take on a no win no fee claim it does not have to be watertight. Most no win no fee solicitors will take on a case using a CFA if it has a reasonable or better than evens chance of success. Some solicitors however are not willing to take any risk and will reject all but the most secure potential cases. Most solicitors will carry out a basic risk assessment before entering into a CFA and for more complicated cases they will make detailed studies and assessments and often ask other lawyers for their opinions on liability and quantum before they decide whether to accept the case or not. It must be remembered that the entire financial risk of a case using a CFA falls on the conducting solicitor.

Win Or Lose No Charge

CFA's came into effect in 1998 when the government stopped funding the Legal Aid Board for personal injury claims with the main exception of medical negligence claims. The basis of a CFA is that a no win no fee solicitor is only entitled to be paid his legal fees if he wins the case and if he loses, he must write them off and not charge the client. Nothing will be deducted from the compensation and in the unlikely event that the claimant loses the case there is still nothing to pay. (In this case the winning opponent’s legal charges are usually paid by legal costs insurance which is taken out and paid for by our solicitors.) If you win your personal injury case, the other side, the losers (or more often their insurers) will not only pay you compensation, but will also pay your legal charges, court expenses, medical report charges and barrister's fees.

Award of Compensation

Our no win no fee solicitors offer free consultations and at an early stage will give clear advice on whether or not you have a strong case and the likely value of a damages award. There are many different categories of damages that can be claimed including :-

  • loss of current or future earnings and income
  • expenses and costs involved in the repair of your vehicle
  • diminution of the value of your repaired vehicle
  • medical costs and expenses that you have already paid or might pay in future
  • emotional or physical pain and suffering
  • pain and suffering and loss of amenity
  • general losses and expenses

Evidence Preservation

If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault you are legally entitled to make a claim for damages although you must either settle the claim or issue court proceedings within three years of the accident. Keeping a clear head around the turbulence of the aftermath of an accident can be difficult however you should ensure your claim is viable, by collecting detailed evidence as soon as possible. Ensure that you record the particulars of the accident meticulously so that your no win no fee solicitor may assess whether your potential road traffic accident claim is valid and is sufficiently strong to provide reimbursement and compensation.

No Win No Fee Solicitors

If you would like to talk to a lawyer who specialises in personal injury cases without any obligation just complete the contact form or use the helpline or email our offices and a no win no fee solicitor will speak to you on the phone. Compensation is paid in full and win or lose there is no charge.

HELPLINE 0844 332 0308


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