No Win No Fee Explained
If you have been injured in an accident as a result of another person, you may wish to pursue a Personal Injury claim* on a No Win No Fee* basis. Also known as No Foal No Fee*, these kinds of arrangements are not only used for claims of Personal Injury, but may also be for an Employment Law dispute or a Clinical Negligence claim.
Making a claim in Ireland can be complex, and the legal restrictions around No Win No Fee* make this even more confusing to understand. Here, we look at two of the most frequently asked questions regarding No Win No Fee* in Ireland.
What is a No Win No Fee* Agreement?
If you are considering making a claim or defending a claim that was made against you, you may wish to enter into a No Win No Fee* agreement with a Solicitor.
If your claim is successful, standard legal charges would apply and be deducted from the compensation you are awarded. However, should your claim be unsuccessful, and you did not receive compensation, your Solicitor would not charge for their services.
It is thought that instructing a Solicitor on a No Win No Fee* basis allows claimants to pursue their claim regardless of their financial circumstances. Additionally, if the Solicitor choose to take the case on this basis, it can give the claimant a good indication that their claim has a strong chance of success.
Can Solicitors Advertise No Win No Fee* Services in Ireland?
The Law Society of Ireland is the body that regulates the practising Solicitors across Ireland. The Solicitors (Advertising) Regulations 2002 explicitly states that Solicitors cannot advertise in a way “which could be construed as meaning the legal services involving contentious business would be provided by the Solicitor at no cost or reduced cost to the client”. This includes the advertisement of words and phrases such as No Win No Fee*, No Foal No Fee*, or Free First Consultation*.
While Solicitors are restricted from such advertisements, they may offer No Win No Fee* services which can be discussed in meetings, or other one-to-one communication such as the phone or email.
As such, if you wish to discuss your case in more detail, you should speak with a firm and arrange an initial meeting.
If you are considering making a claim or are looking to defend a claim made against you, speak with a member of our team today to find out how we can help you.
*In contentious business, a legal practitioner shall not charge any amount in respect of legal costs expressed as a percentage or proportion of any damages (or other moneys) that may become payable to his or her client or purport to set out the legal costs to be charged to a junior counsel as a specified percentage or proportion of the legal costs paid to a senior counsel. A legal practitioner shall not without the prior written agreement of his or her client deduct or appropriate any amount in respect of legal costs from the amount of any damages or moneys that become payable to the client in respect of legal services that the legal practitioner provided to the client.
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