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By Daniel Archer. Last updated 7th June 2022. Welcome to our guide exploring how you could hire a solicitor under a No Win No Fee agreement to represent you for your claim.

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You may have questions such as “Do I need to choose No Win No Fee solicitors near me?” and “Are there any No Win No Fee disadvantages that I should be aware of?” We will answer these questions and much more.  Throughout our guide, we’ll discuss the benefits of using this type of agreement to seek compensation.

We’ll provide information on the different claims you could make using this agreement, such as personal injury, medical negligence and data breach incidents.

Additionally, we’ll take an in-depth at what the agreement entails, including the fees that may be required in successful claims.

If you have any questions after reading our guide, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team. You can use the following details to get in touch:

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  1. What Defines A No Win No Fee Agreement?
  2. What Are The Benefits Of Using A No Win No Fee Solicitor?
  3. Are There Any Drawbacks To No Win No Fee Agreements?
  4. Different Claims For Which You Could Use No Win No Fee
  5. What Could You Claim In Compensation For Personal Injury Claims?
  6. What Compensation Payouts Could No Win No Fee Solicitors Secure?
  7. Who Can Claim Compensation On A No Win No Fee Basis? 
  8. Start Your Claim Today
  9. Additional Resources

What Defines A No Win No Fee Agreement?

No Win No Fee agreements can be used to fund legal representation for various types of claims. For example, accidents at work, road traffic accidents, public place accidents and medical negligence claims.

The agreement is a contract that sets out the terms a solicitor needs to meet before they get paid. It stipulates the work they will carry out on your case and the fee that you may be required to pay if the claim is successful.

When you employ a solicitor under a No Win No Fee agreement, they will aim to collect all the details of your accident and injury.

They will use these facts to analyse your case and determine whether you have a valid claim and a good chance of successfully claiming compensation. If they feel you do, then they will formally offer to represent you on this basis.

For a claim to be valid, you need to demonstrate that negligence occurred. Negligence may have occurred if:

  • Someone owed you a duty of care
  • They breached their duty of care
  • You sustained harm as a result

Whether you choose to find a solicitor by searching “No Win No Fee solicitors near me” or use a lawyer that is more specialised in the relevant field, they would all attempt to establish that negligence occurred. For more information about whether you’re eligible to claim, please get in touch with our team on the number above.

How Do No Win No Fee Claims Work?

In the past, when personal injury cases were won by a No Win No Fee solicitor, the claimant would often keep the total sum of their compensation. The reason being, the defendant would pay both the claimant’s compensation as well as their solicitor’s legal costs and success fee.

However, the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 made changes to the way these agreements worked. According to Section 44 of this act, it was no longer the defendant’s responsibility to pay the claimant’s solicitor success fee.

However, in order for it to be financially viable for solicitors to continue to represent claimants on a No Win No Fee basis, it meant that changes were needed. Now, the claimant pays a success fee from their compensation award to cover the shortfall in solicitor’s fees.

In 2013, the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013 capped the success fee at 25% in personal injury claims.

Furthermore, your solicitor may offer you insurance to help cover any fees. For more information about using No Win No Fee solicitors, please get in touch with our team on the number above.

What Are The Benefits Of Using A No Win No Fee Solicitor?

In general, there are many benefits to making a claim using a solicitor that offers No Win No Fee terms:

  • No upfront costs to pay: This means people with limited financial resources will not be restricted in hiring a solicitor for pursuing any claim for damages caused by a breach of duty of care.
  • No ongoing fees to pay: Initially, there are no costs involved in starting a claim without a solicitor. However, ongoing costs could incur during the course of your claim such as fees for medical evidence or court fees. Under No Win No Fee, these costs are covered.
  • No solicitor fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful

Additionally, you don’t run the risk of having to pay large legal fees to your solicitor in the event of an unsuccessful claim. 

By funding your solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis, you can potentially lower your financial risk. Expensive solicitors’ fees can be a major blow to unsuccessful claimants who then have to pay their solicitors, despite not having been awarded any compensation.

Furthermore, there is nothing to pay your solicitor unless they win your claim. Also, any payment they do take is legally capped and something you’re made aware of prior to beginning your claim with them.

Do you want to know if our service is the best? Our No Win No Fee solicitors reviews could help put your mind at ease regarding the quality of service we provide.

Are There Any Drawbacks To No Win No Fee Agreements?

No Win No Fee agreements can help those who don’t have the funds to pay a solicitor in the traditional way to access legal representation. However, you may be wondering if there are No Win No Fee dangers or drawbacks when seeking representation on this basis.

Firstly, in a No Win No Fee accident claim, you don’t get to keep your full compensation settlement due to the success fee that’s deducted in successful claims.

However, when you hire a solicitor the traditional way, as you are paying the solicitor out of your own pocket you will receive 100% of the compensation in a successful claim. However, you will often pay the solicitor as the case progresses and may need to pay the solicitor an upfront payment for them to start working your case.

If you would like to know more about the benefits that a No Win No Fee agreement can offer, speak to our team today. Otherwise, read on to find out more about what you can claim for on a No Win No Fee basis.

Can I only use No Win No Fee solicitors near me?

Some may wonder if it’s only possible to hire personal injury solicitors near where they live. However, it’s very much possible for you to hire legal support, including No Win No Fee solicitors, across the country wherever you happen to be.

Modern communication methods including email and online video calls can allow you to keep fast and effective contact with a solicitor even if they are located far away from you.

You may be inclined to find a lawyer by seaching “No Win No Fee solicitors near me”. However, you no longer need to rely on the high street for legal counsel. Our No Win No Fee solicitors are specialised in different areas of law, meaning that, should you choose to use our services, you will have an experienced expert working your case who could help you receive compensation. Furthermore, we can represent you no matter where you are in the country. 

Different Claims For Which You Could Use No Win No Fee

In the sections below, we have looked at examples of claims you could make under a No Win No Fee agreement.

However, if you have experienced a different situation, please don’t hesitate to contact our team on the number above. An advisor can discuss the specifics of your case and determine whether you’re eligible to claim on this basis.

Personal Injury Claims

You can pursue a personal injury claim if you sustained harm in an accident after someone breached the duty of care they owed you. A duty of care describes the responsibility that certain parties have to take reasonable steps to keep you safe.

There are various pieces of legislation that set out the duty of care you may be owed in different circumstances:

If the duty of care outlined in these pieces of legislation is breached, negligence may have occurred leading someone to make a personal injury claim with a No Win No Fee solicitor.

For example, another driver may have pulled out of a junction unsafely while they are under the influence of alcohol. As a result of their drink driving offence,  they hit the side of your car as you pass, causing you to sustain a fractured skull.

In this case, you may use a No Win No Fee solicitor following a road traffic accident.

Further Reading – Car Accident Compensation Claims

Medical Negligence

In this No Win No Fee claims guide, we’ll discuss seeking compensation for medical negligence. This is where a healthcare professional fails to provide you with the minimum standard of care causing you to sustain further or avoidable harm as a result.

When you seek medical attention, you are entitled to receive care that could be reasonably expected of the profession. This is the case whether you’re visiting an NHS or private healthcare provider. It applies to all trained medical professionals such as dentists, doctors, nurses and surgeons.

However, in some cases, your condition can worsen or harm can be caused when the healthcare professional treating you is doing all they can to provide you with the right standard of care.

For example, you may go into the hospital with a badly broken leg. Because of the extent of your injuries, your leg has to be amputated. Even though the surgeon who performs the amputation is causing you further harm, it’s within their duty of care to do so.

However, in some cases, the care you receive may fall below the standard expected resulting in you sustaining harm that could have been avoided. For instance, during childbirth, the midwife may have failed to properly monitor your baby’s vital signs. As a result, your baby may have sustained a birth injury causing a brain injury.

As previously mentioned, simply searching “No Win No Fee solicitors near me” may not get you the most appropriate legal counsel for your needs. Our No Win No Fee lawyers could represent you when seeking compensation in a medical negligence claim. Please get in touch with our team for more information on the number above.

Data Breach

There is a wide range of organisations that hold our data for a number of different reasons. The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) was enacted into UK law by the Data Protection Act 2018 as a way to monitor how organisations can store, process and handle personal data.

However, since the UK has left the European Union, data protection laws have been updated. Now, the UK GDPR sits alongside an updated version Data Protection Act 2018 as a regime for monitoring organisations use of personal data.

A data breach is a security incident that results in personal data being destroyed, altered, disclosed, accidentally or unlawfully lost, or accessed by an unauthorised party. “Personal data” is any information that could be used to identify you, either alone or in conjunction with other information.

A data breach could cause you financial harm, for instance, if your identity is stolen and money is taken from your account.

It could also cause you emotional harm. For example, you may suffer psychological effects, such as stress, if your medical records were exposed by your doctor’s surgery. You can seek compensation for both financial and emotional harm following a data breach.

Data breach claims may seem complex, so it could benefit you to use No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors. They can advise on the evidence you need to provide in support of your claim. Call our team about working with our solicitors on this basis.

Criminal Injury

We have a large criminal injury department staffed by some highly experienced No Win No Fee solicitors. They’ve dealt with all types of cases and understand how deeply traumatic being the victim of crime can be.

They can help you with claiming:

What Could You Claim In Compensation For Personal Injury Claims?

There are up to two main types of damages you may be able to claim compensation for. These are called general and special damages.

General damages covers for any physical and psychological injuries. Because of this, the amount you receive in general damages will depend on how severe your injuries are and how long it will take you to recover from them.

No Win No Fee solicitors can use medical evidence and guidelines from the Judicial College to help work out the value of your claim. The Judicial College Guidelines includes compensation brackets based on payments made for different injuries following past claims.

Special damages may be provided to compensate for any financial losses that you have incurred as a result of your injuries. For instance, this could include loss of earnings from any time off work you needed to take. Please be aware that general and special damages are only relevant in personal injury and medical negligence claims. It may only be possible to claim for special damages through these claims if you can claim for general damages.

Data breach claims involve “material” and “non-material” damages. Material damages cover any actual financial harm, whereas non-material damages cover any emotional damage.

Due to the differences in each claims process, it may be beneficial to choose a solicitor who has experience in handling claims similar to your own. For example, if you’re claiming for harm sustained in a road traffic accident, you may wish to use a No Win No Fee car accident solicitor.

What Compensation Payouts Could No Win No Fee Solicitors Secure?

As mentioned in the section above, general damages are awarded to reflect the level of pain and suffering you have endured due to your injuries. These injuries can be psychological, physical, or even both. You could even be compensated for multiple injuries, if they were all caused by the same incident of negligence.

In order to arrive at a value deemed appropriate for your injuries, legal professionals can turn to a few different resources to help them. The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) is just one of these resources. The JCG was most recently updated in 2022. We have included some figures from this latest edition in the table below.

As you can see, injuries are all assigned different guideline figures depending on factors such as how severely you’ve been affected or the length of your recovery. Because of this, previous payouts can be quite difficult to compare. No Win No Fee solicitors can help you understand this process more thoroughly.

winDescriptionAmount
ParalysisQuadriplegia  - This is also known as tetraplegia.£324,600 to £403,990
Head/brainVery severe - Response to environment may be very limited.£282,010 to £403,990
Sight/hearingComplete deafness and blindness.In the region of £403,990
ArmsBoth arms will have been amputated, leaving the person in a considerably helpless state.£240,790 to £300,000
FeetBoth feet were amputated.£169,400 to £201,490
General psychiatric damageThe person’s relationships and ability to work will be affected, among other areas of their life - The prognosis for recovery will be poor.£54,830 to £115,730
Post-traumatic stress disorderSevere - Lasting effects that mean the person cannot function as they did prior to the injury.£59,860 to £100,670
LegSevere - (b) Very serious - (ii) Injuries that result in lasting mobility problems.£54,830 to £87,890
KneeSevere - (ii) When a fracture to the leg also extends into the knee and causes permanent pain.£52,120 to £69,730
ToeGreat toe amputated.In the region of £31,310

Get in touch with our advisors today if you need more information. If we think your claim could be valid, then we may be able to connect you to one of our expert No Win No Fee solicitors.

Who Can Claim Compensation On A No Win No Fee Basis? 

If you hold a valid claim, you may be able to pursue compensation on a No Win No Fee basis. Often, the person seeking compensation following an accident will be the injured party.

However, there are some instances where the person making the claim is not the injured person. For example:

  • Child accident claims: A person under the age of 18 is not legally able to represent themselves in a personal injury claim. In these instances, someone could apply to act as a litigation friend to claim on behalf of the injured person.
  • Fatal accident claims: You can also make No Win No Fee claims on behalf of someone who has passed away in a fatal accident. For instance, you can claim if you were financially dependent on the deceased or a close family member. The estate of the deceased person can claim if there are no family members or dependants to do so. For this type of claim, you may wish to use the most appropriate and best No Win No Fee solicitors. Reviews on our website will show you how we can help with this.
  • A person who lacks mental capacity: If a person has a reduced mental capacity, someone could apply to act as a litigation friend and sue on their behalf.

It’s also important to be aware that there is a three-year time limit to make a personal injury claim with a No Win No Fee solicitor. However, there are some exceptions; get in touch with us for more information.

Start Your Claim Today

Hopefully, this guide has shown that you don’t need to search “No Win No Fee solicitors near me” to access quality legal representation. We understand you may not wish to hire a solicitor in the traditional way to make your personal injury compensation claim due to the fees often involved. Luckily, No Win No Fee solicitors can help those who aren’t able to pay large upfront or ongoing costs.

If, after reading this guide, you feel you could benefit from this kind of agreement, our team of advisors could help.

An advisor could assess your case to determine whether the claim you hold is valid and has a chance of success. If they feel you’re eligible to put forward a claim on a No Win No Fee basis, they could appoint one of our solicitors to start working on your case.

You can get in touch by:

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Additional Resources

Below, we’ve included some more of our guides and external resources you may find useful.

Frequently Asked Questions About No Win No Fee Agreements

In this section, we have explored some commonly asked questions about using a No Win No Fee agreement to fund legal representation.

How much do No Win No Fee lawyers take in successful claims?

If you make your claim under a Conditional Fee Agreement, you will pay a success fee to your solicitor if your claim succeeds. The success fee is legally capped at 25% and will be deducted from your compensation. You will be made aware of the fee before your claim proceeds.

Our solicitors could offer a lower percentage of 15%. Please call our team on the number above and ask about our bonus to find out more.

How does No Win No Fee work?

A No Win No Fee agreement is a way for you to fund legal representation. It allows you to avoid paying a fee upfront which is often required for solicitors to begin working on your case. You can also avoid paying ongoing costs while your claim proceeds. Most importantly, you won’t pay a success fee to your solicitor if your claim fails.

What happens if you lose a No Win No Fee claim?

If your claim fails, you won’t pay a success fee to your solicitor. For more information about how No Win No Fee claims work, please get in touch on the number above.

Where do I find the best No Win No Fee solicitors?

You may be wondering where the best No Win No Fee solicitors are near you. However, you should know that there is no legal requirement to use a solicitor based in your local area.

You are free to hire legal assistance from anywhere in the country. It’s important to do your research before hiring a solicitor. You may not be located in the same city or town as the best No Win No Fee lawyers in the country. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t work with them remotely.

Modern technology makes it possible for all aspects of making a claim to be carried out without ever having a face-to-face meeting with your solicitor. Emails, phone calls, and other forms of communication all contribute to the process.

It’s more important that you work with a law firm suited to your needs than it is to work with one located near to you. Our lawyers work with clients all over the country. Get in touch with us today for No Win No Fee legal advice.

Thank you for reading our No Win No Fee claims guide where we discussed queries including No Win No Fee solicitors near me. If you have further queries about potential No Win No Fee dangers or would like to know if you can use our No Win No Fee solicitors, please contact us for free legal advice using the above details.

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