Inter Law – No win no fee brand tarnished

The reputation of ?no win, no fee‘ cases has been tainted in the last few years due to a number of high profile cases.

It is argued that this concept effectively replaced legal aid for routine accident claims in 2000, with a ?misleading’ tag-line for deals that are more formally known as conditional fee agreements (CFAs).

Much of this agreements bad press has revolved around claims that some insurance companies had sent bands of representatives on to the high streets of Britain to sign up unsuspecting clients, yet in the past few years thousands of accident victims have seen their payments for damages consumed by the costs associated with these companies.

In 2004, women claiming to have been sexually assaulted by disgraced gynaecologist Rodney Leward, saw their case collapse after a High Court Judge ordered an urgent investigation in to their solicitor, Jane Loveday, and her handling of their multi-million pound compensation claim.

At the end of the case, the women each received a bill for between £12,000 and £14,000 to pay their part of the court costs. One of the women involved said, ?I thought it was a ?no win, no fee’ case. I asked a load of questions about what happens if?and I said am I on a ?no win, no fee’ aren’t I? I got sort of sidelined. I was very naïve’

It could be said that a CFA or ?no win, no fee’ case allows a lawyer to surrender their fees if they think their client has a good case and they themselves have got it wrong. It also allows them to charge an extra amount if they win, which the other side are liable to pay, effectively doubling their fees.

Andrew Twambley, a managing partner of Manchester solicitors Amelans, who run Injury Lawyers 4U said, ?CFAs have been unfairly discredited because of concerns over one or tow high profile incidents, whereas millions and millions of cases have been done successfully?.

Twambley argues that the hole left by legal aid has been filled by conditional fees, which is crucial to the government and there outlook on controlling spending on public funding for legal cases. ?Decrying CFAs is like banning flying because a couple of planes have crashed. On the whole, conditional fees are a really good thing for providing access to justice for people who would never get it. Having said that, people need to know what they’re doing and be careful about who they go to?.

However, the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux (Nacab) doesn’t seem as convinced about the positives of CFAs. They argue that most personal injury cases are settled out of court for in the region of £3,000 to £4,000 which is not inclusive of costs. James Sandbach of Nacab says, ?Costs under CFA can be almost as much, and instantly whatever you’ve gained is wiped out.?

?’No win, no fee’ does not mean ?no win, no cost’. If a case is unsuccessful, the client will be liable for their opponents’ legal costs unless they have insurance to cover this.?

Related Articles

no win no fee
What is the no win no fee * agreement? The agreement is legally known as the conditional fee agreement……Read More

no win no fee funding
Funding your claim under the no win no fee * scheme The ‘no win no fee *’ scheme is……Read More

no win no fee solicitor
Our no win no fee * solicitors Solicitors acting under the conditional fee agreement Finding solicitors acting under the……Read More

Related News

20/02/2017 10:38:21
Playing the Level Field Yorkshire Police Crack Down on Uninsured Drivers
Playing the Level Field: Yorkshire Police Crack Down on Uninsured Drivers Being involved in a car accident can has to top the list of the most bothersome events to befall……Read More

Survey: Ambulances pose a super-bug risk
Super-bug MRSA can be spread by dirty ambulances – with slack sanitation procedures opening the way to future outbreaks and medical negligence compensation claims. This is the assertion of trade……Read More

Cosmetic surgeons criticised for hard sell
Vulnerable people are being preyed upon by unscrupulous cosmetic surgeons, who are often dangerously botching their operations, a new report claims.Consumer group Which? says that hard sell tactics are being……Read More

57)) event.returnValue = false;}function onlyAlphabetic(){//if ((event.keyCode < 48) || (event.keyCode > 57)) event.returnValue = true;if ((event.keyCode == 32) || (event.keyCode>64 && event.keyCode96 && event.keyCode 57)) || (event.keyCode == 32)) event.returnValue = true;//else event.returnValue = false;if ((event.keyCode < 48) || (event.keyCode > 57)) event.returnValue = false;}]]>
        Simply fill in the brief form below and one of our specialist claims advisors will be in contact with you very shortly. Name:
Accident Type: Please SelectRoad AccidentWork AccidentMedical NegligencePublic Liabilitytrip/SlipOther

Our solicitors are accredited by the Law Society

Surgery abroad has personal injury risks claims survey
Surgery abroad has seen a rise in claims for personal injury following botched procedures according to a new study from……Read More

Paramedic makes personal injury claim
A paramedic is suing an 82 year old woman for injuries he sustained whilst on her property. The paramedic was……Read More

Seek help for work-related injuries, says physio expert
An expert in the physiotherapy industry has advised employees who develop repetitive strain injury (RSI) to seek help from a……Read More

Click Here To Read More News

RSS Feed

Inter Law is not regulated by the Department for Constitutional Affairs in respect of regulated claims management activities. We have no authorisation number and our registration is not recorded on the Department for Constitutional Affairs website

*Charges may be applicable in exceptional circumstances About Us :: Sitemap :: Contact Us :: Disclaimer :: Privacy Policy
Accident Claims :: Injury Lawyers :: Compensation Claims :: No Win No Fee :: Personal Injury Claims :: Whiplash Injury Claims
Work Accident Claims :: Medical Negligence Claims

© 2017 INTER Solicitors All Rights Reserved