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Understanding the Way Conditional Fee Arrangement Works

How does a ‘no win no fee’ solicitor work? Before you instruct a solicitor to work on your behalf on a personal injury claim, it is necessary to find out the basis on which the conditional fee agreement works. Here is a brief overview of the way in which this arrangement works.

If you think that every personal injury solicitor works on a ‘no win no fee’ arrangement, you are mistaken. Moreover, it is not always possible to get such an arrangement with all types of injury claims. You need to find the solicitors who work on this basis and arrange an appointment to ask whether this will be available for your claim.

The first task you have is to find ‘no win no fee’ solicitors. References from your contacts may help you in this regard. You may also try to find these legal advisers from online resources. Whichever way you find the solicitors, make sure you focus on their credentials and experience to make a selection.

A solicitor may decide to work on a ‘no win no fee’ basis only if they consider that the chances of success are high. For this, you have to provide every detail about the accident that caused the injuries. This will be necessary for the solicitor to assess the merit of the claim and determine whether a conditional arrangement will be feasible.

If the solicitor is successful in the claim, i.e., the claimant gets the injury compensation from the respondent, he/she will be paid for the work done. However, if the claim is unsuccessful, the claimant need not pay the fees to the solicitor. This is the basis of the conditional fee arrangement.

The point you need to understand is that you need not pay the solicitor’s fees if he/she is unsuccessful in the claim. However, even in such a circumstance, you may have to pay some legal costs that the solicitor had to disburse during the legal proceedings. Ask for an estimate of these costs before you instruct a solicitor.  

It is not legal to appoint a solicitor who agrees to work on the basis of a percentage of the compensation amount you get from the respondent. It is necessary that you and your solicitor enter into a written agreement before he/she begins to work on your claim. This agreement must specify all details regarding the legal fees.

If you instruct no win no fee solicitors to handle your claim, you need to make sure that the agreement is in a written format. It is important that you read every detail in the agreement before you agree to it. This will ensure that you have a clear idea about the terms and conditions on which you agree to work with your solicitor.

Whether you are applying to the Injuries Board or the Court, the legal costs may be part of the compensation award in certain circumstances. However, this is dependent on the discretion of the authority in question. You need to instruct a solicitor at the right time to handle the claim from the first step, i.e., making a claim to the Injuries Board.  

Author Bio

Andy Flower is a legal expert and consultant. He provides a brief overview of the way in which conditional fee arrangement may be advantageous when you need to make a personal injury claim. If you are looking for more details about what you should do if you are the victim of an injury at work or an injury in a road accident, he recommends you visit http://www.accidentclaimsdirect.ie/.


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