No Win No Fee Claims

A No Win No Fee claim takes the financial risk out of getting justice for an injury that wasn’t your fault.


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What is No Win No Fee?

A No Win No Fee arrangement is one where you only pay your solicitor a fee if you win your personal injury or medical negligence claim. If your lawyer takes on your case and you aren’t successful, you won’t pay them any legal fees.

After an accident or injury, you’ll want to focus on your recovery rather than on funding a claim. Also known as a conditional fee agreement, a No Win No Fee arrangement means there is no financial risk to you, letting you think about more important things.

If you are unsure about whether you can make a No Win No Fee claim, just get in touch. Our friendly and understanding claims advisors will discuss your situation with you and help you work out the best next step.

How does No Win No Fee work?

No Win No Fee agreements were introduced into law to give people who couldn’t afford legal representation the chance to access the justice they were entitled to. This means that everyone is now able to make a compensation claim after being injured in an accident that wasn’t their fault.

Our No Win No Fee solicitors will take a success fee from the compensation you are awarded for a successful claim in the form of a percentage of your damages. This could be up to 25% but it won't be more than that, except in cases of road traffic accidents that happened on or after 31 May 2021. Changing laws mean our solicitors will now take a payment of 30% of the final compensation amount plus VAT.

This percentage – and any other costs – will be explained to you before beginning your claim so you won’t have to worry about any unexpected costs.

Your solicitor may take out an insurance policy – known as ‘after the event’ insurance – on your behalf. This will cover costs such as court fees. If your claim is successful, the cost of this policy will usually be deducted from your final compensation amount.

When you make a No Win No Fee claim, you will typically claim against the insurer of the person or organisation responsible for your accident. This means you won’t be claiming directly against the individual or company, which can be reassuring in certain cases – particularly those involving workplace injuries.

The rules are slightly different in Scotland. To find out more, visit our No Win No Fee Scotland page.

Types of No Win No Fee cases

You can apply No Win No Fee to a number of civil justice cases, including but not limited to:

Personal injury claims
If you were hurt in an injury that wasn’t your fault in the last three years, you could make a No Win No Fee personal injury claim. Our specialist accident solicitors will work to get you the compensation you deserve, as well as any further care you may need. This may take the form of medical treatment such as physiotherapy.

Medical negligence claims
Medical negligence can be devastating, but we are here to help you get through it and get back on your feet. Whether you’ve suffered a misdiagnosis, surgical negligence or even cosmetic surgery negligence, you are entitled to justice.

Road traffic accident claims
Road traffic accidents are highly distressing – but when you’re hurt in one that wasn’t your fault, it can be even more upsetting. If you’ve suffered an injury in a road accident – whether minor or life-changing – you could make a No Win No Fee claim for compensation.

Accident at work claims
Making a claim for an accident at work can be daunting if you don’t want to cause any conflict at work. But when you make a No Win No Fee workplace accident claim, you claim against your employer’s insurer, not them directly. This means your claim won’t negatively affect your employer or colleagues.

Slip, trip and fall claims
A slip, trip or fall can hurt more than just your pride. If you’ve suffered an injury in public after a fall, you can make a claim for compensation. This will be done against the organisation responsible for the building or public space you were in – whether that’s the local authority or shop owner.

Industrial disease claims
As well as accidents in the workplace, you could end up suffering from an industrial disease, particularly if you work with hazardous materials. If your employer did not take the appropriate actions to keep you safe, you could make a No Win No Fee claim for compensation.

You could make a No Win No Fee accident claim for many other injuries if they were caused by someone else’s negligence. If you’re not sure whether you are able to, just get in touch to find out more.

How can I make a No Win No Fee claim?

The first thing to do is to find out whether you can make a No Win No Fee claim. You can do this simply by getting in touch with us. Our advisors are happy to talk you through your case and explain your options.

If you then decide that you’d like to go ahead with a claim, we will introduce you to one of our specialist No Win No Fee solicitors.

Your lawyer will then talk you through the process, ensuring that you know what will happen in the coming months. They will make sure you are comfortable with the percentage of the compensation you will pay them if you’re successful.

After getting your approval to continue, your lawyer will begin building your case by investigating what happened and putting together the available evidence. They may arrange for you to have a medical assessment by an expert, which could provide strong evidence.

Your solicitor will then submit your claim to the party responsible for your accident and begin negotiations for an appropriate settlement figure. If they don’t think the offered figure is enough to cover the pain and suffering you’ve been through, they will continue to negotiate until they are satisfied you are receiving the compensation you deserve.

Is there a time limit for No Win No Fee claims?

In most cases, you will have three years to make a No Win No Fee accident claim for an injury caused by someone else’s negligence.

But there are some exceptions. If you are claiming on behalf of someone who lacks the capacity to claim for themselves, you won’t face a deadline unless they regain capacity.

Children will also be able to make a claim at any point until their 18th birthday, when they will then have three years to claim. This means they can begin a No Win No Fee claim up until they turn 21.

Meanwhile, if you only discover that you were the victim of negligence after the three-year deadline has passed, when symptoms start showing, you could still be able to make a claim. You will be able to make a claim up to three years from the date you found out you were the victim of negligence. This is particularly relevant to industrial disease and medical negligence claims.


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How long will my claim take?

How long your claim takes will depend on the severity of your injury and the circumstances surrounding what happened and how big the impact will be on your life.

In straightforward cases, such as whiplash claims, the process could be completed in just a few months.

More complex cases – like those involving medical negligence – will take longer to settle, however. Your solicitor will have to ensure that all investigations are carried out and evidence is compiled before beginning negotiations, which could then take a few years to conclude.

How much compensation will I receive?

Your situation is unique to you. Even if you were involved in a similar accident to someone else, the effect it could have on your life could be totally different. So your injury could result in a different amount of compensation.

Without an initial consultation, it will be difficult to say exactly what you might be entitled to. But our compensation calculator could give you an idea of what you might receive for certain injuries.

Your compensation will be split into:

  • General damages

These cover the effect your injury has had on your quality of life. They compensate you for the pain and suffering you have been through as a direct result of your injury. They also cover any changes you’ve had to make to your lifestyle, including having to give up an active hobby or sport.

  • Special damages

These are awarded to reimburse you for any impact the injury has had on your finances. This covers any medical treatment you’ve had to pay for, any loss of earnings if you couldn’t work, and any other expenses relating to your injury. Make sure you keep the receipts and other proof of anything you’ve had to pay for after your injury as you could use them to claim that money back.

How is legal aid different from No Win No Fee?

Legal aid is a way of providing help to people who wouldn’t be able to afford legal representation. According to the government, it “can help meet the costs of legal advice, family mediation and representation in a court or tribunal”.

It is funded by the government and exists to give people access to the legal system when they can’t afford it – but it is only available in certain circumstances.

In order to receive legal aid, you will have to prove that your legal problem is serious and that you cannot afford to pay for help.

To be eligible to receive legal aid, your problem could include:

  • Being at risk of abuse or harm, such as domestic violence
  • Having been accused of a crime
  • Being at risk of homelessness
  • Requiring family mediation

Why choose First4Lawyers?

First4Lawyers only works with specialist No Win No Fee solicitors, who are experienced in getting their clients justice. They work to get you the maximum compensation possible, helping you to make a recovery from the injury you have suffered.

Our claims advisors have years of experience in helping people who have been injured through no fault of their own access the justice they’re entitled to. We have won multiple awards for our commitment to providing the best service to our clients. And they agree – we have a 4.9 rating on Trustpilot.

If you’d like us to help you, just give us a call, request a call back at a convenient time or start your claim here.


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No Win No Fee FAQs

What percentage do No Win No Fee solicitors take?

Your solicitor will take a success fee if you are awarded compensation for your claim. This will usually be a percentage of the final amount – up to 25%. It won't be more than this, except in the case of road traffic accidents which happened on or after 31 May 2021. In these cases, your solicitor will take a payment of 30% of your final compensation amount plus VAT.

Before you agree to go ahead with a claim, your solicitor will clarify their success fee with you. This means you won’t face any surprise costs during the claims process.

What happens if I lose my No Win No Fee claim?

If you lose your claim, you won’t be awarded any compensation. But you won’t have to pay your solicitor’s legal fee, which means there is no financial risk to you.

If you win, you will be awarded compensation for your injury or illness. Your solicitor will take a success fee from the final amount.

How does No Win No Fee work in Scotland?

In Scotland, the rules around No Win No Fee differ to those in England and Wales. You can still make a No Win No Fee claim for personal injuries, such as accidents at work, road traffic accidents, slips or falls and industrial disease.

But medical negligence is not covered by No Win No Fee. You are still able to make a medical negligence claim for compensation, but your lawyer won’t offer No Win No Fee to do so.

For more information on how No Win No Fee works in Scotland, feel free to give us a call or visit our No Win No Fee Scotland page.

How does No Win No Fee work in Northern Ireland?

No Win No Fee is not applicable in Northern Ireland. You can still make compensation claims, but you won’t be able to do so on a No Win No Fee basis.

How can I find a No Win No Fee solicitor near me?

To be matched to a No Win No Fee solicitor, just get in touch with the friendly team at First4Lawyers. We’ll discuss your situation for free and with no obligation to proceed.

If you have a claim, we’ll introduce you to one of our specialist lawyers, who will take over the management of your case.

Is there a catch to No Win No Fee?

No. There is no catch to No Win No Fee. These agreements were introduced to ensure that everyone can get the justice and compensation they are legally entitled to.

If your claim is successful, you will pay your solicitor a success fee. If you are not successful, you don’t pay your lawyer. It’s that simple.

Your lawyer will make sure you know all the details and potential fees for making a No Win No Fee claim so there will be no surprise costs. You’ll have all the details before you decide to go ahead.

How likely am I to win my No Win No Fee claim?

The success of your claim depends on your specific circumstances. To find out whether you have a claim, just get in touch. Our claims advisors will discuss the details of your case with you and assess how likely you are to succeed.


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