What is 'No-Win, No-Fee'?
As the name suggests, a no win, no fee agreement means you will not be charged legal fees unless your case is successful.
These arrangements are also called ‘conditional costs agreements’ because payment of legal fees is conditional only upon a successful outcome.
When do we offer a no win, no fee agreement?
Several of our practice areas offer no win, no fee agreements. These include:
- Claims against Police or Corrective Services;
- Claims against institutions for abuse; and
We offer no win, no fee agreements when we believe your case has good prospects of success.
We specialise in these types of claims. In order to do so, we will make an assessment of your case at the outset to determine the likelihood of a successful outcome for you.
We will advise you of the best course of action for your circumstances, and keep you updated as your claim progresses.
What is a successful outcome?
There are two ways for a case to result in a successful outcome.
The first is a verdict from a court awarding a sum of damages.
The second is an out of court settlement involving payment to you of a sum of money.
How will you know what your legal costs are?
Legal costs consist of professional fees and disbursements. Professional fees relate to the time taken for your lawyer and legal team to work on your case.
However, additional expenses may also occur as your case progresses. These costs are called disbursements. They can include court fees, medical reports and records, and photocopying fees.
Your legal costs will be calculated before any settlement opportunity or hearing and explained to you.
Similarly, you can also request updates on your legal costs on a regular basis as your case progresses.
What happens if you lose a no win, no fee case?
If your case is not successful you may have to, in some circumstances, pay for your opponent’s legal costs. As your claim progresses, we will advise you if this scenario is a real possibility in order to determine the best course of action for you.
However, if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay the legal costs we incurred in running your case.
Contact O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors about our no win, no fee agreements
Call us on (02) 9261 4281 for a free initial consultation to discuss your legal options and how we might be able to run your case on a no win, no fee basis.