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What does NO WIN NO FEE MEAN?
We are NO WIN NO FEE lawyers. If you have a compensation claim, and we represent you, we act for you on a NO WIN NO FEE basis.
We understand that most people who are injured or ill are not able to pay a lawyer or for medical and expert reports until their claim settles or finalises.
NO WIN NO FEE means there are no fees to be paid unless you win your claim and that we will defer the payment of our fees and expenses to run your claim, until you receive your claim money.1 If your claim is unsuccessful, we will not seek reimbursement of any fees or expenses.
At Your First Appointment.
In your first appointment we listen to your story to find out what has happened and how you were affected. We can then carefully determine whether you have a successful Injury Claim, Compensation Claim or an entitlement to a Superannuation TPD Claim. Depending on your situation we can discuss with you the possibility of a Common Law claim, a Workers Compensation Claim, Motor Vehicle Accident Claim, or a Work Injury Claim and what to do moving forward in order to progress towards a settlement.
How much will the Fees be?
At your first appointment, we will give you the best estimation of fees we possibly can. It is impossible to give a really accurate estimation until your injuries have stabilised. We can certainly talk to you about what they might be depending on your recovery. Our professional fees are always very reasonable. We are committed to you receiving as much of your settlement money as possible.
We charge fees based on the time spent working on your matter. Our hourly rates are very reasonable. We recommend you check out the hourly rates of other lawyers before you sign any agreements to engage a lawyer. You may find a big difference in hourly rates and overall estimates. Our fees are never calculated as a percentage of your claim.
We will give you a formal estimate of fees and costs in a Costs Agreement at the outset of your matter and will discuss fees with you throughout your matter.
We explain this early on, once you decide to retain us as your lawyer.
All lawyers are required to provide their clients with a Costs Agreement that contains a fee estimate. We meet with you to make sure everything in the Agreement is explained properly.
We also have resources on our CLIENT ONLY INFORMATION PAGE which explains costs in detail.There are many frequently asked questions about fees that we address in detail for our clients on this page.
Fees can appear overwhelming. We try to be as open and transparent as possible with our clients.
There are always many unknown factors in a claim. Sometimes unexpected things come up that need investigating. Many professionals charge their time to prepare reports (eg. doctors, expert witnesses, barristers). Every claim requires its own strategy so that the best outcome can be obtained. Some take longer than others. Regardless, unless your claims settles very early in the process, there will be many people involved in your claim. Many hours, weeks and months of work go into completing a compensation claim.
1 Our fees or ‘professional fees’ is the amount we charge for time spent working on your claim. Expenses are outlays needed to progress your claim and they include things like doctors reports, expert reports and court fees. These can add up to thousands of dollars. We only incur these costs if it is necessary for your claim and to get you the best outcome. We engage an external company to cover the costs of these items. This company charges you a fee to do this. This fee is paid at the end of your matter when you receive your settlement money. There are also occasions where some of your costs are paid by ‘the other side’.