No Win No Fee agreements (or Conditional Fee Agreements/CFAs) ensure that if you do not win your accident claim, you do not have to pay your solicitor a fee. Rules introduced in April of 2013 also mean that you do not pay the other party’s costs if you lose.*
In most cases, if you win your no win no fee claim, you should receive your compensation free of any deductions**, as your solicitor's costs should be paid by the other side. There are very few exceptions to this
* You are still liable for the other party’s costs if:
- your claim is found by the Court to be fundamentally dishonest/fraudulent
- your claim is struck out by the Court on the basis of there being no reasonable cause of action or there has been an abuse of the Court’s process
- you do not beat an offer made by the other party.
(If your claim is one where we have to commence Court proceedings to progress your file, insurance will be taken out (at no cost to you) to cover the other party’s costs in cases where offers are not beaten, unless you already have pre-existing legal expenses cover).
** If your claim has been referred by a Claims Management Company, it is likely that they will charge you an administration or management fee, which will be deducted from your compensation at the end of the claim, if successful.