It is common practice among solicitors in Ireland to take on cases involving personal injuries on a “no win no fee” basis (also known as a “no foal no fee” basis).
This term means that if you bring a claim for personal injuries and you do not win your case, then you will not be charged a fee by your solicitor.
If your case is successful in court, or a settlement agreement is reached, then your solicitor will charge their professional fee together with any outlay such as court fees and medical reports.
It is important to be aware that even if your solicitor does not charge you a professional fee in the event that you lose your case, you may be liable for the legal fees of the other side, as well as any outlay incurred on your behalf during the case.
Solicitors in Ireland are strictly prohibited from advertising no win no fee services. However, solicitors are permitted to operate on a no win no fee basis if agreed with their client. It is the case that many solicitors operating in Ireland, particularly in the fields of personal injuries and medical negligence, are open to taking on cases on a no win no fee basis.
About the author: Mark Jones, Solicitor on the Medical Negligence Team.