NO WIN NO FEE SOLICITORS - CAR ACCIDENT COMPENSATION CLAIMS
Our no win no fee solicitors represent the injured victims of negligent drivers in car accident compensation claims throughout the United Kingdom. We use the no win no fee scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. Our lawyers are members of the Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
UK Solicitors No Win No Fee Agreement
A contingent fee scheme has operated in the United States for many years however there are substantial differences between that scheme and the effects of a UK conditional fee agreement (CFA) otherwise known as no win no fee. In the United States when an award is made or a compromise settlement is agreed there is just one sum awarded from which legal fees must be deducted often reducing the amount actually paid to the client by as much as 40% however that is not generally the case in UK.
In 1998 the British Government introduced the UK conditional fee scheme at the same time as removing publicly funded legal aid for most personal injury claims with the main exception of medical negligence cases. A CFA operates by allowing a no win no fee solicitor to deal with a case on the basis that the client is only charged if compensation is awarded. In most car accident claims, with the exception of hit and run cases being dealt with through the Motor Insurers Bureau where the other driver has not been identified, legal costs are also awarded to cover the lawyers time and expenses. This means that the amount of compensation awarded can be paid over in full without the client suffering any deductions.
Within the CFA rules there is scope for a no win no fee personal injury solicitor to make justified deductions from the client’s compensation for payment but very few lawyers now do this with most preferring to pay compensation in full. In addition some claims companies also make charges to their clients which are deducted from the compensation awarded.
Before the Event Insurance
Many people are in fact insured against the possibility of them having to take legal proceedings for compensation and that insurance policy which is often tagged on to another policy is known as 'before the event' (BTE) insurance and indemnifies the client against paying both his own legal costs and the costs of the other side in the event that a claim is lost. Anyone who is contemplating taking legal action for damages for personal injury should carefully check their home and contents insurance and motor insurance policy to see if they have BTE insurance which would then take the place of a CFA.