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No Win, No Fee* lawyers

Legal fees shouldn’t stop you from seeking compensation and accessing legal representation and justice. At Shine Lawyers we offer No Win, No Fee*, which exists to help you access the legal support you need to right wrong.

What does No Win, No Fee* mean

No Win, No Fee* is a cost arrangement we offer, so you can access legal representation for your case without paying legal fees upfront.

No Win, No Fee* lawyers, like us will only charge you their legal fees if:

  • We win your case

  • You receive compensation or damages for your injuries

How do No Win, No Fee* lawyers work?

No Win, No Fee* lawyers work by not charging you any upfront costs while we fight for justice on your behalf. To do this we have a No Win, No Fee* cost arrangement (explained below).

To put it simply, if your case is unsuccessful, you won’t need to pay for any legal fees related to work done by your solicitor from Shine Lawyers.

Our No Win No Fee* cost arrangement

No Win, No Fee* (or ‘No Win, No Pay’) means that if we win your case, our legal costs are deducted from the total settlement or compensation amount you receive. They’re based on the work done by our legal team on your case (as outlined in your costs agreement).

If your case is unsuccessful, you don’t need to pay our legal fees.

If your case is successful, your lawyer will deduct your legal fees and disbursements from the compensation you receive.

We discuss fees upfront 

During your obligation-free consultation, we will take you through our fees, explain how they are calculated and if you are eligible for No Win, No Fee*.

We’ll answer your questions

Our team are here to answer your questions and before work begins on your case, we will prepare a Costs Agreement that estimates your legal costs.

What is a Costs Agreement

A costs agreement is a formal agreement between us (as your lawyers) and you (our client), that outlines the legal costs relevant to your case. These legal costs may be fixed or estimated and may include:

  • Legal fees, which may be based on a scale of costs and/or the hourly rates charged by members of your legal team

  • Disbursements, which are expenses incurred by other service providers as part of your case (such as a report from a medical expert who assessed your injuries)

In your initial, obligation-free consultation with one of our team members, we’ll take you through the costs agreement in detail and explain how each legal cost is calculated.

No Win, No Fee* Lawyers - FAQs

What costs are included in legal costs?

Legal costs include legal fees and disbursements. Legal fees relate to the work done by the legal team members. Disbursements are additional expenses incurred to support your case (such as the cost of obtaining a medical expert's report to assess your injuries).

What other expenses may be required?

Most legal cases will require support from third parties. These are part of the ‘disbursements’ in your case. Examples of third-party disbursements might be fees charged by doctors, engineers and barristers. Courts also charge fees to lodge documents as part of your case. In most situations, disbursements are recovered (in whole or in part) if you win your case.

How will I pay for disbursements?

How you’ll pay for disbursements depends on the terms of your costs agreement, for example:

  • You may required to pay for total or part of the disbursements before your case settles. If you are unable to fund disbursements yourself, we can offer you some options through third-party financial services (or 'funders') that can assist with the payment of your disbursements if you're unable to.

  • If a funder is involved, they'll provide you with a finance facility to cover the cost of disbursements during your claim. We can discuss this in more detail with you and answer any questions you may have.

Does No Win, No Fee* affect how much compensation I can claim?

Having a No Win, No Fee* cost arrangement doesn’t impact the amount of compensation you can claim.

How much do No Win, No Fee lawyers take?

The amount that each No Win, No Fee lawyer takes, depends on the structure of the costs agreement by the law firm handling the claim. From the outset, during your initial, obligation-free consultation with us, one of our team members will take you through your costs agreement in detail and explain how each legal cost is calculated.

This is to ensure that you understand clearly how the costs agreement works and what estimate of legal costs including legal fees and disbursements.

Are there any No Win, No Fee* lawyers near me?

With more than 40 branches across Australia and 1000+ team members, location is no barrier when it comes to accessing Shine Lawyers legal advice and support. 

If you’d like to speak to our team in person, you can see our full list of locations here

If you aren‘t able to find a location near you, we can easily arrange an obligation-free virtual appointment or discuss the option to meet at a location that’s comfortable and convenient for you. No matter where you are located, we will always provide the same, expert advice and manage your claim with the same level of quality and commitment.

How to choose a No Win, No Fee* lawyer?

It’s important to find the right No Win, No Fee* lawyer for you and your case. Important things to consider include:

  • Does the solicitor specialise in my matter (such as a workers' compensation, motor vehicle accidents or medical negligence)?

  • Has the solicitor clearly explained the claim options available to me?

  • Do I feel like my solicitor is listening to me and answering my questions?

  • Am I happy with the terms of the No Win, No Fee* costs agreement?

  • What other services does the law firm offer?

At Shine Lawyers, we are committed to:

  • Providing the highest quality legal service

  • Ensuring we achieve the best possible outcome for our clients 

Our promise to our clients is that:

  • We are here for you 

  • We keep it simple  

  • We are honest 

  • We take action  

To find out more about us, see here

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