I’m sure by now that everyone is familiar with the ‘no win no fee’ offered by many firms of solicitors. Unfortunately it seems to have been given a bad name owing to dodgy television commercials and movies about dodgy American lawyers.
But, contrary to popular belief, “No win no fee” is actually a very good solution for a lot of people with a valid claim.
The major advantage of choosing a firm of solicitors with a ‘no win no fee’ policy is that you know that it is on the basis that they are confident of winning your case for you. If they believe that your case won’t be successful, they won’t take it on – no one wants to spend hours on potentially unpaid work.
A good solicitor should sit down with you and discuss all the details of your claim before agreeing to take it on. They will listen to what you have been through and take you through your options. Make sure you get this initial consultation as it is a good opportunity to ask lots of questions; many firms offer it for free.
Remember that your solicitor will want your business as much as you want their help, so it should be a opening conversation that is beneficial for you both.
The unfortunate downside of “no win no fee” is that there is a chance that your solicitor might not think you have solid grounds for making a legal claim for compensation. This means that they might not be willing to proceed on a “No win no fee” basis and it is entirely up to their discretion if they take the case on.
Bear in mind that if you do lose your case, there may still be costs to be paid in the form of covering the defendant’s legal fees. Make sure that all costs and terms and conditions have been fully explained before agreeing anything with them.
Make sure you come prepared to your initial consultation with a list of clear questions and make sure you feel that you get all the answers you need. Don’t walk away from the meeting still feeling unsure.
Bio: Gordon Dean Solicitors based in Norfolk, have offices in Norwich and Great Yarmouth. They specialise in general litigation, employment, personal injury and wills & probate law.