Are There Any Dangers to No Win, No Fee Agreements?

The promise of "No Win, No Fee" sounds appealing. If you only pay your lawyer once they secure a settlement for you, there’s no risk on your end – right? 

However, with many firms, there are often hidden "catches" in their agreements that expose clients to potential financial pitfalls, especially if the case doesn't go smoothly.

Common Risks Of "Standard" No Win, No Fee Agreements

What are the hidden catches, you may be wondering? There are two main conditions to look out for. 

Losing in Court = Owing the Other Side

The biggest hidden cost is losing your case at trial. Even with 'no win, no fee', you can still owe the other side substantial legal costs if ordered by the Court. Going to court is expensive, and insurers often use expensive, large defendant law firms. This could leave you thousands of dollars out of pocket or even bankrupt. 


‘No win, no fee’ usually covers basic lawyer fees but does not always cover so-called 'disbursements'. These expenses include medical reports, specialist assessments, court fees, or barrister fees. 

Disbursements can run into many thousands of dollars. This risk is less common than owing the other side's legal fees if you lose, but you should always double-check the terms and ask before signing to be sure.

The Need For True "No Catch" Compensation Representation

Many people in Queensland who experience accident injuries or work-related problems already carry stressful financial burdens. They may be facing reduced income and increased medical costs such as physio appointments. 

Having to gamble thousands of dollars to pursue legal rights compounds that financial risk at a vulnerable time – which is why we see a crucial need for true no-catch compensation.

Smith's Lawyers: First To Offer Risk-Free Compensation In Queensland With "No Win, No Fee, No Catch®" Promise

At Smith's Lawyers, we recognised the pitfalls of typical 'no win, no fee’ promises and saw the injustices involved. We’ve made no win, no fee as it should be – truly risk-free with nothing to pay unless we secure you a compensation settlement.

 Aiming to protect clients better, our promise means:

  • Zero Costs If You Lose at Trial: Even if your case goes to trial and you lose, you avoid owing anything for your own legal fees OR for the other side's legal costs. This removes the fear many feel about pursuing claims they may not win.
  • All Our Expenses Covered: Beyond lawyers' fees, Smith's covers all those disbursements so they never come off your final settlement. This means we truly bear the risk and fight hard to get you the best result.

Why "No Catch" Is More Than a Marketing Slogan

By eliminating the financial risk that often turns people away from seeking compensation when wronged, Smith's Lawyers' approach opens up fair access to the legal system. When justice is available without financial risk, justice becomes more achievable for everyone.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand the Fine Print: Always seek thorough details of 'no win, no fee' arrangements before engaging a lawyer and ask tough questions until you truly understand what is and isn't covered.
  • Know Your Full Rights: Be informed if an unsuccessful court case could make you liable for opposing legal costs and what level of risk you personally can stomach.
  • True "No Catch" is Rare: Few firms have the confidence to cover all risks on a purely speculative basis. 

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Last updated:

March 20, 2024

Disclaimer: This information is designed for general information in relation to Queensland compensation law. It does not constitute legal advice. We strongly recommend you seek legal advice in regards to your specific situation. For help understanding your rights, please call 1800 960 482 or request a free case review to talk to one of our lawyers today.

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