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The Hidden Traps of No Win, No Fee in Queensland

Are you considering making a personal injury claim in Queensland with no win, no fee funding? Our guide explains legal fee arrangements and what you may not know about this popular legal costs model.
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Understanding No Win No Fee Agreements

If you make a no-win, no-fee personal injury claim in Queensland, you must know the hidden traps of legal costs that can come with a no-win, no-fee agreement. Injured people often battle financially after suffering harm in an accident, so no win, no fee agreements look like an attractive option.

While it seems like a simple way to get legal representation and financial compensation for your injuries, there are several factors you must consider before agreeing to proceed on a no-win, no-fee basis. This article will review potential pitfalls and hidden fees in a legal costs agreement that you must consider. So read on to learn about no fee arrangements and whether they’re right for you.

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How Are Legal Fees Calculated?

In Queensland, compensation lawyers typically charge an hourly rate to determine how much to bill for legal fees. Using this method, each person who works on your case records the time they spend progressing your claim.

What About Legal Costs?

Legal costs are the additional expenses of running a legal matter and will outlined in your lawyer’s costs agreement. These can include:

  • Expert report fees
  • Medical report fees
  • Court fees and other party’s costs
  • Barrister’s fees
  • Other service fees

Be sure to understand your lawyer’s no-win, no-fee policy, particularly how they charge legal fees and costs and who pays, win or lose.

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How Much Do No Win No Fee Lawyers Take?

For people making a compensation claim, a common question is, How much do no win, no fee lawyers take? So, we recommend checking your compensation lawyer’s fee structure before hiring them. Not only what you pay when your claim succeeds but also if you pay legal fees when you lose. Below are the general fee structures for Queensland injury lawyers.

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Professional Fees

Professional fees are the legal cost of managing your personal injury claim. In Queensland, a compensation lawyer cannot charge legal fees of more than 50% of your settlement amount.

Instead, no win, no fee solicitors charge an hourly rate for the work they have completed on your behalf. Some Brisbane law firms will cap this fee, so they cannot exceed a set percentage of your payout.

Disbursement Funding

Disbursements are the cost of initial investigative reports for a compensation claim. The medical report fees and other assessments are required to build a compelling legal case for a personal injury claim. These assessments could be accounting reports, specialist medical reports, or psychological or psychiatric reviews, often costing several thousand dollars each. These costs are substantially higher for medical negligence claims.

Disbursement Lending

Many law firms ask you to pay your disbursements upfront or agree to a disbursement loan. This loan usually has a high interest rate and adds interest to your legal costs. If you win the case, your disbursement fees plus interest will be taken from our payout; however, what happens if you lose your case? Ensure you understand this fee arrangement before signing a costs agreement with a personal injury solicitor.

What is a Success Fee?

A success fee is an additional charge a personal injury law firm could impose when they win your case. Also known as an uplift fee, it is like an additional charge for delivering a successful outcome. Note: Splatt Lawyers does not charge success or uplift fees, as outlined in our no win, no fee policy.

Splatt Lawyers is a 100% No Win, No Fee law firm, so we fund your disbursements until settlement.

(Note – Splatt Lawyers fund your disbursement expenses until settlement, and we won’t ask you to pay for expenses incurred if you lose) Which means you walk away owing zero. We also do not charge success fees. To know more about how this works – Call Us – 1800 700 125 or email us > )

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Who Pays if You Lose?

If you lose your compensation case, your legal fee agreement will outline what happens next. Usually, there are two possible outcomes:

  1. You will pay nothing if you choose a law firm that funds your disbursements and lawyer’s fees (like Splatt Lawyers). Your law firm carries 100% of the financial risk of your case. If you go to court, there may be an exception – please read the next section below.
  2. It is standard for a no-win, no-fee lawyer not to ask you to pay their legal fees, but they will ask you to pay for your disbursements. If you have agreed to a disbursement loan, there will be a separate agreement on how those costs will be recovered.

Splatt Lawyers Pay When You Lose

Splatt Lawyers is a 100% no-win, no-fee Brisbane law firm, meaning you owe us nothing if you lose. Hence, we carry the financial risk of your legal case. When you sign a legal cost agreement with us, you can relax knowing we will fund your disbursements until you achieve a settlement.

Learn more about our fees by contacting our legal team now. It’s free to chat with us about your case. Call 1800 700 125 or email us >

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Who pays court fees?

Taking your claim to court is a higher level of financial risk. A barrister will need to represent you in court and will take their fees from your settlement if you win. The real danger here is regarding an adverse cost order.

Who Pays if You Have an Adverse Cost Order?

Most compensation cases settle out of court. However, if your case proceeds to court and you win or lose, you could be billed for court fees, including an adverse cost order. This order means the court will determine that you are responsible for some or all of the other party’s legal costs.

The danger is that, in some cases, your adverse cost order could be higher than the value of your settlement. Your no win, no fee agreement will outline who is responsible for the other party’s costs in this situation. In most cases, other Queensland lawyers will pass these additional costs on to you.

Splatt Lawyers Settles 99% of Cases Through Mediation.

At Splatt Lawyers, cases rarely proceed to court. Mediation settles 99% of our compensation claims. We would not take your case to court unless you instructed us to do so. Furthermore, we would carry this cost if you were awarded an adverse cost order. This is our No Win, No Fee, No Risk guarantee!

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Do No Win No Pay Lawyers Only Accept Cases They Can Win?

When personal injury law firms represent your legal action, they carry your legal costs and risks. If you lose, they still need to cover their costs, including office rental, staff salaries, and other expenses. So, it is fair for them to accept cases they think will have a good outcome. But not all lawyers will view your matter equally. Some legal practitioners might think you have an unwinnable claim, while another lawyer believes you could win your case. So, talking with several Brisbane no win, no fee lawyers helps you understand your options before making a choice.

Splatt Lawyers Reviews Your Case for Free

Splatt Lawyers would be pleased to review your circumstances and help understand your legal rights and possible outcomes. We charge no upfront costs or ongoing legal fees until we win your claim; and your initial case review is free. This is our no financial risk fee guarantee. Call Now to get started – 1800 700 125 or email us >

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3 Steps to Choosing Your Best No Win, No Fee Lawyers

Step 1: Review Your Legal Costs Agreement

When deciding which Queensland personal injury lawyers provide the best legal representation, you should carefully review your no-win, no-fee agreement. This fee agreement explains how your lawyer or solicitor will work on your behalf, including when and how you pay their fees. Pay particular attention to the following:

  • What are my upfront fees for disbursements?
  • Is your lawyer asking you to take out a high-interest loan?
  • Will you pay disbursements if you lose your case?
  • Do they charge uplift or success fees?

Note: The document must also declare that you were advised of your right to seek independent legal advice before signing the contract.

At Splatt Lawyers, we won’t ask you to pay for any disbursements, nor will we ask you to agree to a disbursement loan. We carry 100% of your financial risk. Just like you, we are focused on a successful outcome. Our legal team will explain our legal fee agreement means, when you contact us. You can also see more about our legal fees here >

Step 2: Do They Provide Legal Advice for Your Type of Compensation Claim?

Like most Queenslanders, you will want the best possible outcome for your legal matter. There are different legal compensation matters, such as car accident claims, workers’ compensation claims, public liability claims, TPD claims, and other insurance claims. Depending on the type of matter, these can involve physical injuries, mental illness, psychiatric conditions, and other types of illnesses.

Step 3: Are They Accredited Specialists in Personal Injury Law?

Expecting the best possible outcome when you have a valid personal injury claim is normal, but not all compensation lawyers are the same. Generally, to get the best result, you need the best Brisbane personal injury lawyer, who will be a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law.

When choosing your compensation solicitor, ask them about their experience in your type of case. What will be their legal strategy for delivering the outcome you desire?

Splatt Lawyers has been working with injured Queenslanders for more than 28 years, and our Practice Group Leader is Kerry Splatt – an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law. You are in safe hands with Splatt Lawyers. 

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QLD No Win No Fee Personal Injury Claims

When selecting your Best QLD No Win No Fee Lawyers, ensure they have expertise in your type of personal injury compensation claim. Often, your chance of a winning outcome depends on the skill of your lawyer or solicitor. Splatt Lawyers has been helping injured Queenslanders for over three decades, and our legal team is led by an Accredited Specialist Personal Injury Lawyer – Kerry Splatt. Our No Win No Fee Legal Services include:

Compensation ClaimsCar AccidentsCTP Claims
Personal Injury ClaimsWork AccidentsTPD Claims
Workers CompensationWorkCoverInsurance Claims
Psychological InjuryWork BullyingBack Injury
Motorbike AccidentsWork StressSevere Injury
Pedestrian AccidentsSlips and FallsPTSD
Public LiabilityShoulder InjuriesFatal Accidents
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ote: Splatt Lawyers does not advise on complex medical law claims.

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Brisbane No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers

If you’re considering a no win, no fee arrangement for making a personal injury claim, you must know the traps that await you. Be sure to understand what you’re getting into and talk with our Brisbane No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers before signing any contract. Ask them to explain our no win, no fee policy and all the terms and conditions of your legal cost agreement. Who pays what in each outcome – win or lose, and what are the legal fees if you proceed to court?

Whoever manages your legal claim is your choice. Be sure to hire effective legal representation so the settlement of your case is the joyful occasion it should be for you and your loved ones.

At Splatt Lawyers, you pay nothing to understand your circumstances, so Call Now 1800 700 125 or email us >

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