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What Does “No Win, No Fee” Really Mean?


If you’ve spent some time on our website, you’re probably familiar with the phrase “no win, no fee”. It’s Shine’s promise to you when you make a claim. But why do we offer “no win, no fee”? What does it really mean? Who is entitled to it, and are there any exceptions? In this blog post we’ll clarify the meaning of “no win, no fee” and inform you on how it can help when you when you make a claim with us.

Why “No Win, No Fee”?

Among Shine Lawyers’ core values you’ll find an unwavering belief in standing up for the little guy – often against a more powerful entity such as big business. We’ve been fighting for the rights of everyday Australians for over 40 years, so it’s only fitting that we believe access to justice shouldn’t be determined by how much money a client has. “No win, no fee” levels the playing field so that those who can’t afford legal fees still have the means to pursue a claim.

Who is entitled to this policy?

Generally, “no win, no fee” is restricted to cases in which a client will be awarded money in compensation or damages following a successful outcome. Criminal and family law cases are not eligible for representation on a “no win, no fee” basis.

What does it really mean?

“No win, no fee” is a conditional cost agreement, meaning the fee is conditional on a successful result. It’s important to remember that it doesn’t mean no fees at all. If you lose the case, you will probably still have to pay the other side’s legal costs, which is standard practice.

The idea of a “win” may also be broadly defined and include, for example, a settlement. You may also be required to pay for any expenses incurred to run a claim such as Court fees, doctors’ fees or barrister’s fees.

When you make a claim with Shine Lawyers, our legal experts will explain to you upfront all the possible costs involved in proceeding with your case.

Contact us

Most of our legal services are available with a “No Win, No Fee” guarantee, including – but not limited to – Medical Law, Motor Vehicle Claims, Professional Negligence and Workers Compensation Claims. Shine’s legal experts will explain the circumstances of your claim to you in plain and direct language and make sure you’re aware of any risks involved in your case and any fees you may incur. To find out more, including how you can make your own compensation claim on a “no win, no fee” basis, contact us today.

Written by Shine Lawyers on January 22, 2019. Last modified: February 1, 2019.

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