What is a no win no fee agreement

This is an agreement whereby the lawyer charges nothing if the claim fails, and only charges you a fee if the claim is successful. This arrangement is often referred to as a “conditional fee agreement”, and the fee charged is conditional on winning the case.

The agreement charges the lawyer’s normal hourly rate. But to reflect the level of risk the lawyer is taking on, that hourly rate is enhanced by a “success fee”, which is a percentage increase on that normal hourly rate. So the lawyer is paid more for taking the risk of not getting paid at all.

In personal injury cases the level of the cap will always be 25%. For claims against solicitors the level of the cap will depend on whether we can recover any legal fees from your opponent. Normally we are unable to recover fees for claims that would be valued under £10,000, which is the small claims court limit for these types of claims. Above this sum we can recover a contribution from the Defendant and the cap would be 25%. Where the claim is valued below £10,000 the cap will be higher, but will be agreed with you before we proceed.

The level of the cap will depend on whether we can recover any legal fees from your opponent. Normally we are unable to recover fees for claims that would be valued under £10,000, which is the small claims court limit. Above this sum we can recover  a contribution from the Defendant and the cap would be 25%. Where the claim is valued below £10,000 the cap will be higher, but will be agreed with you before we proceed.

In personal injury claims no you will not. The only exception to this is where a court concludes that your claim is fundamentally dishonest. In all other claims valued under £10,000 no costs are normally awarded against you as the case will be in the small claims court. The only exception is where a claimant has acted unreasonably which is very rare and unlikely to happen.

Where the claim was for more than £10,000 then you might be required to pay your opponents costs if you lose. But insurance is often available to protect you against this. We will discuss that with you at the commencement of your claim.

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