What exactly does No Win No Fee (or No Foal No Fee to give it its agricultural title) mean? Enter any search term into Google on the subject of injuries, accidents, claims and compensation and you are sure to find No Win No Fee Solicitors or some variant of such appearing in your search results.

A No Win No Fee agreement is an agreement you enter into with your solicitor that your legal proceedings, such as personal injury or  medical negligence  cases, will be accepted on the basis that, should the case be lost, your solicitor will not charge you a professional fee for his or her work.

Essentially, your solicitor examines your personal injury case, assesses its probability of succeeding, and then decides if he / she will take the case on a No Win No Fee basis.

Many people who need to take a legal case do so on a No Win No Fee basis as they simply wouldn’t be able to bring their claim if they had to pay their legal fees before they had won their case, so historically No Win No Fee agreements arose as a solution to this problem.

No Win No Fee agreements provide the legal means for those less economically advantaged to seek restitution for harm or injuries suffered through others’ wrongdoing or negligence.

However the title “No Win No Fee Solicitors” (or even “No Win No Fee Solicitors Cork”) is somewhat misleading, as should the case fail, you may be liable for the costs of the other party, even if your own solicitor foregoes his/her fees and you may also be liable for outlay such as medical report fees, engineers’ fees or barristers’ fees, etc. That’s why it’s important to choose a highly experienced solicitor so you get the proper advice you need before making a decision on whether or not to take a claim.

Fachtna O’Driscoll Cork Solicitors, 9 South Mall, Cork. Tel +353 (0)21 4278131 Fax +353 (0)21 4279140 Email info@fodlaw.ie