No win, No Fee is a common thing that clients will ask. Naturally new clients are worried they will be faced with a large legal bill at the end of their case. The idea of No Win, No Fee means if your case is not successful your solicitor will not charge you. However what needs to be borne in mind is that if you are not successful in your case the person you are suing (the defendant) will normally be entitled to their legal costs from you. This is something that is often not explained to clients. It is important therefore that any case your solicitor takes on fully vets it and carries out all necessary investigations such as obtaining CCTV or witness statements etc. to ensure you have the best possible chance of success.
What is the idea behind a No Win, No Fee Agreement?
The idea behind a No Win, No Fee Agreement is that you can take a legal case safe in the understanding that your own solicitor will not charge you if you do not succeed. However as above you will likely be responsible to pay the other side’s legal costs should you not succeed with your case.
As solicitors we are often asked:
How much will this cost me?
This can be answered when we understand fully the facts and the likely work involved. Solicitors in Ireland must set out in writing a detailed fee estimate of the work and its cost.
Do you work on a No Win, No Fee basis?
Solicitors in Ireland cannot advertise that they may work for you on a No Win, No Fee basis but it is possible to come to that arrangement with a solicitor. If you find a solicitor is advertising No Win, No Fee they are breaking the laws that regulate the legal profession in Ireland.
Is it okay to work with a No Win, No Fee Solicitor?
Yes it is fine to come to that arrangement with your solicitor and usually most solicitors in Ireland will work that way with you.
Choosing the right claims solicitors for you:
You should find a solicitor that you are comfortable working with, listens to you, is accessible and has the necessary claim handling experience to get you the best result possible with minimum risk of losing your claim.
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