No Win No Fee Solicitors

What is No Win No Fee*

A no win no fee* agreement (also known as a conditional fee agreement) allows you to make a compensation claim for an injury that wasn’t your fault without paying any solicitors’ fees up front. This means that there is no financial risk to you in making a claim.

The majority of cases we accept are undertaken on a no win no fee* basis, meaning our costs are only payable if your claim is successful. Also known as a conditional fee agreement, a no win, no fee* agreement protects you from financial risk in the event that your claim is unsuccessful.¹³ Our aim is often to reach an appropriate settlement before going to trial, but we are prepared to fight for you to ensure the best outcome for you.

We are one of the most reputable ‘no win no fee solicitors*’ in the UK, representing clients throughout England and Wales. Please do not hesitate to contact us today for your free, no-obligation consultation. Our friendly staff are ready to answer your questions.

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    No Win No Fee Personal Injury Solicitors

    If you find yourself faced with the possibility of making a claim for personal injury then you might well find it useful to enter into a ‘no-win, no-fee*’ arrangement. This ultimately means that if you lose your case then you don’t have to pay anything – making it an ideal solution for potential Claimants who simply don’t have the funds to pay upfront fees and untold legal costs. However, due to a recent change in Government legislation, the way in which these arrangements operate has changed slightly and there are now two separate parts which are detailed as follows:

    How Does a No Win No Fee* Agreement Work?

    After your free initial consultation, we will let you know if we feel that you have a successful case for personal injury and if we are able to initiate proceedings on a no win no fee basis. Our ‘Plain Speaking Approach‘ means that we will ensure that you understand the entire claim process, that there are no hidden or unexpected fees and that you’re dealing with qualified and experienced injury claims experts. We are also able to discuss other ways to fund your claim if you wish.

     

    If you’re happy to proceed on a conditional fee basis, we will weigh up your case and start the relevant paperwork. At no point up until the agreement documents are signed will you be obligated to use Smith Jones as your no win no fee solicitors. We will make clear all fees before you instruct us and they will be capped and clearly outlined; so even if your case takes longer than expected or goes on to court – if your case is successful then any ‘success fees’ payable to Smith Jones will never be more than what you expected before you signed the no win no fee* agreement.

    Who Can Make A ‘No Win No Fee*’ Claim?

    Anyone who has been injured or fallen ill as a result of the negligence of another party or an accident that wasn’t their fault is eligible to make a claim.

     

    The first question most of our new clients ask is “can I make a claim?”. To answer this, we will need to speak with you and find out more about your accident and the injuries that you sustained. Furthermore, on occasion, the injured party may not be able to make a claim on their own, so may need someone to make a claim on their behalf. Below a list of circumstances which may require the injured party to ask somebody to make a claim on their behalf. This is called a ‘litigation friend’ and may include making a claim:

     

    • On behalf of a child before the child turns 18. If the child wishes to make their own claim, provided somebody has not already made a claim on their behalf, they have until three years after their 18th birthday to do so.
    • For someone who currently, for whatever reason, may not have the capacity to deal with the legal proceedings.
    • On behalf of a loved one who has passed away.
    Time Limits to a No Win No Fee* Case

    The simple answer to how soon after an accident can you make a no win no fee claim is as soon as possible. Not only are the details of the incident more likely to be much clearer in your own mind but certain time limits also apply when it comes to bringing a claim. In fact, most personal injury and accident claims have a time limit of 3 years and sometimes even less than that. It’s therefore advisable to consult a legal professional as soon as possible after the incident so that they can properly guide you through the process and explain what might be needed in terms of evidential proof.

    Can You Help Me Access Rehabilitation & Care?

    By using us, our lawyers will always endevour to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve and access the rehabilitation and support that you’re entitled to. Specialist medical care can be essential in helping you make the best recovery possible.

     

    In the years that we have been handling injury claims through the no win no fee* policy, we’ve witnessed how rehabilitation can make a huge difference to the recovery and long-term wellbeing of those who have suffered an accident. If you’re in need of rehabilitation following a serious injury, our no win no fee solicitors will meet with our client liaison managers, support groups and long-term care providers to set up a plan for your care in the future.

     

    We always take the time to understand the needs of every client we deal with and what they need from their individual rehabilitation. If you already have rehabilitation treatment on the NHS, we can work alongside you and help you access any other support that you may need.

    Reasons For Making A Personal Injury Claim

    A compensation claim can occur when an individual has suffered any injury or illness due to the negligence or error of another individual or organisation. We have many years of experience helping people with a variety of no win no fee* personal injury claims, the most common of which you can read about further below:

    • Accident at Work Claims
    • Accidents Abroad
    • Car Accident Claims for the Driver, Pedestrian or Passenger
    • Whiplash
    • Head and Brain Injuries
    • Motorcycle Accidents
    • Bicycle Accidents
    • Defective Products
    • Dental Mistakes
    • Victims of Crime
    • Fatal accidents

     

    Our specialist solicitors will advise you on the most appropriate way to handle your case and get the best outcome for you. Whatever you need advice or representation for, we will always endeavour to:

    • Get you the financial settlement that you are entitled to and make sure, to the best of our ability, that any expenses or losses as a result of the injury are covered.
    • Make sure your claim is dealt with sensitively and professionally. You will always be treated as an individual.
    • Wherever possible, we will help you with any financial cover you require before settlement by applying for interim payments. 
    • Stay in touch to keep you updated on how everything is progressing.
    What If You Lose A 'No Win No Fee*' Claim?

    *If your claim is unsuccessful, we will not ask you to pay or contribute to our legal costs provided that you have followed the terms of the signed CFA.  There may be scenarios set out within the CFA where you are liable to meet the charges even if you do not win.  An example of this would be where you stop instructing us, making it impossible to win your case, or provide us with information that you know to be false or misleading.

     

    Should your claim be unsuccessful, there may be costs in relation to disbursements that we have paid on your behalf throughout the claim (such as medical record fees, medical report fees and Court fees) those disbursements are separate from our legal costs and it may be possible to take out an insurance policy to cover you against these charges.  We will discuss with you at the outset your options in relation to that protection and the costs associated with the same.

     

    Our team will discuss all your options with you at the outset.  You will not be liable for any costs and disbursements until you have received and signed a copy of your Conditional Fee Agreement. Full terms and conditions can be found in your Conditional Fee Agreement, client care letter and our Client Information Booklet which will be supplied to you at the start of your claim.

    What you pay if your no win no fee* claim is successful

    Whilst most of the costs of making a claim will be recovered from your opponent, there is likely to be a shortfall.  That will be deducted from your final settlement award and is capped at an agreed percentage to ensure that you retain the majority of the compensation awarded to you.   Your representative will discuss the percentage with you over the telephone and the same will be set out in writing in the Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) and in your client care letter.  It may be that the costs shortfall is less than the agreed cap, in which case, we will charge you the lower amount.

    Throughout your claim, you’ll also incur certain disbursements, such as medical report and court fees. In the event your claim is successful then these will ordinarily be paid by the losing party but this is purely a matter for the Court to decide and should never be taken for granted.

    *If your claim is unsuccessful, we will not ask you to pay or contribute to our legal costs provided that you have followed the terms of the signed CFA.  There may be scenarios set out within the CFA where you are liable to meet the charges even if you do not win.  An example of this would be where you stop instructing us, making it impossible to win your case, or provide us with information that you know to be false or misleading.

    Should your claim be unsuccessful, there may be costs in relation to disbursements that we have paid on your behalf throughout the claim (such as medical record fees, medical report fees and Court fees) those disbursements are separate from our legal costs and it may be possible to take out an insurance policy to cover you against these charges.  We will discuss with you at the outset your options in relation to that protection and the costs associated with the same.

    Our team will discuss all your options with you at the outset.  You will not be liable for any costs and disbursements until you have received and signed a copy of your Conditional Fee Agreement. Full terms and conditions can be found in your Conditional Fee Agreement, client care letter and our Client Information Booklet which will be supplied to you at the start of your claim.

    Standard conditions of a Conditional Fee Agreement

    Before entering into a CFA, Smith Jones Solicitors will explain any basic obligations that you’re required to meet and these will typically include the fact you must:

    • Not mislead your solicitor nor fail to co-operate with the proceedings
    • Act in accordance with the agreement together with any advice provided to you by your solicitor
    • Pay all costs and disbursements incurred to date should you decide not to proceed with the claim and/or fail to comply with the terms of the agreement
    • Understand whether other methods of financing costs are available to you

    The CFA is a legally binding agreement between you and your solicitor so it’s important you understand the full implications of it. If you have any questions whatsoever then you should ask these before signing it.

    Are there any downsides to no-win, no-fee arrangements?

    Sadly, yes. In fact the Legal Ombudsman Service has become increasingly concerned over this particular type of offering and have already paid out almost £1 million in compensation over the past year for those cases not conducted either properly or fairly. What’s more, advisory services such as the Committees of Advertising Practice and The Advertising Standards Authority have also warned that the very phrase “no-win, no-win” is potentially misleading, since it tends to imply the client will not be responsible for any costs whatsoever. And that isn’t necessarily true.

    Suffice it to say, as with any other legal agreement, it’s crucial to understand what type of arrangement you’re entering into and what will happen in either event i.e. a successful or non-successful claim.

    Why Use Smith Jones Solicitors For Your Claim?

    We are experts in personal injury law. In fact, that is all we do. For over 30 years our law firm has been fighting in our clients’ corner, working hard to ensure the best possible outcome in each and every case.

     

    Our specialist team of expert No Win No Fee* solicitors have the knowledge and resources to assist you with your claim in a timely and professional manner. To proceed with Smith Jones, contact us for a no-obligation consultation, tell us the details about your situation and we’ll advise you on your unique circumstances. You can have total confidence that the experts at our law firm will treat your case with compassion and sensitivity at all times.