Personal Injury Claims

What Is No Win No Fee?

A 'No Win No Fee' agreement (often known as a Conditional Fee Agreement) allows you to make a personal injury claim with no financial risk to you*.

  • If you win your case your opponent will pay the majority of your legal costs. Any legal costs not paid by your opponent will be deducted from the compensation that you receive.
  • If your case isn’t successful you can be assured that there is no financial risk and you won’t have to pay anything*.

Our No Win No Fee solicitors deal with thousands of personal injury claims every year and no two are the same. Regardless of the nature of your claim, our No Win No Fee promise to you is that:

  • There is no financial risk to you if you are unsuccessful*
  • We will not charge you if you don’t win
  • You won’t have to pay a penny out of your own pocket
  • We will provide you with free initial advice
  • There are no hidden costs
  • We will do everything we can to recover the maximum amount of compensation available to you
  • In most cases you will keep the majority of your compensation and we will work to keep your liabilities for legal costs to a minimum by recovering as much as possible from your opponent
  • Where appropriate, we can help you get the most from your compensation award with help from specialist financial advisors through our subsidiary, IM Asset Management

For a free consultation on making a claim, contact our No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors on 0800 056 4110 or send us your details and we’ll call you back.

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No Win No Fee Personal Injury Claims - More Information
    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • We’ll have an initial discussion with you which is free and confidential to discuss your case. This time can be used as an opportunity to understand the impact that your injury or illness has had on you and your family. This discussion will be important to confirm if you are able to progress a legal claim. We’ll discuss what funding options are available to you to pay for your claim, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

      Our specialist lawyers will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence from independent medical professionals and other specialists. These experts will analyse how your injury or illness occurred and any long term impact on your well being. They’ll also advise us on the rehabilitation and care you’ll need in the future.

      We’ll be in touch also with those responsible for your injuries or illness. If they acknowledge responsibility for what has happened to you early in the process, we’ll try to secure interim compensation payments (where appropriate) which can fund any immediate care, rehabilitation, expenses or adaptations . Any interim payments awarded to you will be taken out of your final compensation award.

      We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court. However, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

      Read more about what happens if your case goes to court.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • In general, you have three years to make a claim, from the date your injury happened or from when you first became aware of it. For children, the three year time limit begins on their 18th birthday.

      These time limits do not apply to people who are unable to manage their own affairs because of mental incapacity.

      There are also different time limits if your injury or illness happened outside of England and Wales – for example, during international travel or if a defective product is involved. Time limits will vary and can often be much shorter than three years. No Win No Fee agreements can still be used to fund cases involving an injury abroad.

      We advise that you get in touch as soon as possible to make sure no time limits pass. To find out more about claim time limits, contact our experts today on 0800 056 4110 who’ll be happy to explain.

    • How Much Compensation Will I Receive?
    • There's no fixed compensation tariff, but we'll do everything we can to make sure you recover the maximum amount of compensation where possible. The amount of compensation awarded is affected by the quality of the preparation of a claim and our track record is outstanding.

      Your compensation will be calculated using expert evidence that we gather. The amount will depend on factors such as:

      • How serious your injury or illness is.
      • How your life has been affected by the injury or illness.
      • Your future care and support needs.
      • How much money you’ve lost or will lose as a consequence (e.g. loss of earnings, travel expenses).
      • Specialist equipment and adaptations you may need.

      If you have any questions on compensation, please phone us on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation about your claim.

    • Can You Take Over From My Current Lawyers?
    • If you have a personal injury claim underway with another law firm and you’re concerned about the way it has been handled, you may wish to seek a second opinion. We’ve helped many people who’ve been dissatisfied with the advice or service they’ve received, and will make your transition between firms as smooth as possible.

      If you’ve received poor quality service, we suggest that you present your concerns to your current lawyers first. After this, we’re happy to offer a second opinion and will give you free independent advice on your claim so you can make an informed choice about moving.

      We’ll provide you with honest guidance about your claim and will quickly decide how we can best help proceed with your case.

      If you decide to move your case to us, you won’t have to worry about a thing as we’ll take care of all the necessary arrangements.

      If you’re concerned about how your personal injury case has been handled and would like to talk about moving it to us, call free today on 0800 056 4110.

    • Our Experts
    • By choosing Irwin Mitchell, you’ll deal with friendly and professional lawyers who’ll take time to get to know you and understand what happened to you. You’ll benefit from our expert knowledge of compensation claims and will be represented by a lawyer who specialises in the particular type of personal injury claim you’re making.

      Our solicitors are based across the country and have the knowledge and experience to make a real difference to your life, securing you the compensation you need to move forward.

      Your lawyer will run your case as efficiently as possible and will start investigating your claim immediately. We’ll always provide you with clear advice that can help you with a variety of issues relating to your claim. We can also offer advice on financial issues, state benefits and claiming against your employer, if the injury or illness you suffered was while you were at work.

      View our Personal Injury team.

My rehabilitation team have helped me feel that I can contribute to society and that I can perhaps now help others who find themselves on the same long road to recovery.”

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Client Jaxx Cave

Frequently Asked Questions

What Happens If You Win Your No Win No Fee Claim?

If you win your opponent will pay the majority of our basic legal costs and disbursements (e.g. court fees, medical reports). In successful No Win No Fee claims:

  • You won’t have to pay a penny out of your own pocket. Any costs not paid by your opponent will be deducted from any compensation awarded to you
  • If any disbursements cannot be recovered from your opponent these will be covered by your insurance policy
  • There are no hidden costs. You will receive regular updates about the costs being charged to your case and any costs not recovered from your opponent will be deducted from any compensation awarded to you at the end of your case
  • To help with your legal costs, the Government has provided a 10% increase in the amount awarded to you for your pain and suffering

Costs not payable by your opponent will include:

  • The premium for your insurance policy to protect you fully against any risk of legal costs
  • Some of your basic legal costs which cannot be recovered from your opponent
  • A “success fee” which compensates us for the risk that if it was unsuccessful then we would not recover any legal fees at all

For a free initial consultation about making a No Win No Fee claim, please call our solicitors on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online.

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What Other Funding Options Are Available?

There are a number of other ways in which you could fund your case in addition to No Win No Fee agreements. These include:

  • Legal expenses insurance – as part of your household or car insurance you may have legal expenses cover to help with any legal costs.
  • Trade union – if you’re a member of a trade union they may provide assistance for some legal issues.
  • Legal aid – this is now only available in cases for children with brain (neurological) injuries resulting in severe disability, which arise during pregnancy, childbirth or up to eight weeks postnatal.

If you don’t have legal expenses insurance or trade union help, your best option is to consider a No Win No Fee agreement. Even if you do have access to other funding options, a No Win No Fee agreement may still be the best option for you.

When we discuss your claim in more detail we will tell you if the No Win No Fee option is available or if we need to look at the other funding options.

For a free initial consultation about making a No Win No Fee claim, please call our solicitors on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online.

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What Happens If You Lose Your No Win No Fee Claim?

If you lose we can promise you that there is no financial risk to you if your claim is unsuccessful*. This means that:

  • You won’t have to pay a penny out of your own pocket whilst your claim is being pursued
  • We would make no charge whatsoever to you
  • You will be fully covered by your insurance policy for any disbursements
  • You will be fully protected by your insurance policy from any of your opponent’s legal costs
  • There are no hidden costs. You will receive regular updates about the costs being charged to your case so you are fully aware of the charges involved if you win. If unsuccessful there is no financial risk to you*.

For a free initial consultation about making a No Win No Fee claim, please call our solicitors on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online.

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We want you to have the best possible quality of life after your claim, and we’ll make sure that you have access to advice, care and therapies to achieve this.

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