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No Win no Fee

The legal term no win no fee in the current British legal system means that if a personal injury solicitor takes on a legal case for a customer and no compensation is won, no fee will be billed for use of the services of the solicitor.

This is very consoling for victims of injuries as they are overwhelmed by high legal costs, whether a case is won or lost. All cases taken on at Mercer Mackay Solicitors are progressed on a “no win, no fee” basis. Therefore, in the unlikely event that your claim is lost, you will not be responsible for any of the fees incurred in us progressing the case for you.

In the days before the no win no fee arrangement was introduced in Britain, an individual who had the misfortune to be injured and who thought they had the right to claim compensation from an offending party would at first have to pay the legal fees themselves for the claim with the hope of recouping the money from the offending party. If this was not possible, they could put in an application for legal aid, which was at that time financed by the government. These claim applications were never guaranteed that the complete amount would be paid if the case was not won.

The free legal aid service was stopped in the late 1990’s for personal injury compensation claims and the no win no fee system was then put into place by the government. This has offered the chance for victims of injuries, regardless of financial status, to be given the opportunity to furnish compensation claims at no financial loss to them.

One benefit over free legal aid is that the person who has suffered an injury just communicates with their selected personal injury solicitor. This method takes up less time and is therefore far less stressful for all concerned. All the required administration and, if it is necessary, any court proceedings, are all made by the selected solicitor who arranges the compensation payment when the claim has been successful.

Mercer Mackay Solicitors normally only takes on cases that we believe have a good prospect of success and we always hope to settle the claim without the necessity for a court appearance.