How Does ‘No Win, No Fee’ Work?

With many areas of law such as family, criminal or commercial law, legal fees are typically charged upfront or on a monthly basis. To access these legal services, you need to have the funds available to cover the legal fees yourself. 

No win no fee offers for compensation claims

'No win, no fee' has become a popular offer in certain areas of law, particularly within the compensation law. No win no fee lawyers take on the costs of running the case and only charges a fee if and when the matter is successfully resolved. 'No win, no fee' shifts the risk to the law firm and provides far greater access to justice than traditional charging methods.

Injured? Get expert advice now: Smith's are Queensland's only 100% risk-free injury compensation lawyers. Insist on our 'No Win. No Fee. No Catch' ® promise. Check your rights with no risk or obligations now and talk direct to our Principal lawyer, Greg Smith. Call 1800 266 801 OR  check if you can claim

Common questions about 'no win, no fee'

  • What % do 'no win, no fee' lawyers take? It is not possible for firms to charge more than 50% in legal fees in Queensland by law. We only charge for the actual work done, not a fixed %.
  • Are there any upfront costs? Most 'no win, no fee' firms won't charge anything upfront. However, some may charge for non-legal items such as expert medical reports that are required for the matter. Some may not charge you directly upfront but may ask you to sign a finance agreement which in effect creates a loan (with interest) to cover the costs of expert reports and outlays. We don't charge any upfront costs or use outlay financing.
  • Are there any risks? With most firms, yes. With Smith's Lawyers, there are no risks.
  • Losing a case in court - if a case goes to court & you lose then you may have to pay the other sides legal costs. These costs could be many tens of thousands of dollars.
  • Disbursements for non-legal costs - law firms are entitled to request reimbursement for payments made to third parties in relation to the matter even if the case is not successful. These costs can include items such as independent medical reports, barristers fees, post & photocopying fees.
Smith's Lawyers, Queensland's 'no win no fee' experts


Smith's Lawyers offer a truly no-risk promise, NO WIN. NO FEE. NO CATCH. ®. With this promise, we protect you from any risk of being left out of pocket, which is truly an essential aspect of choosing a compensation lawyer.

Want more info? Get free and no obligation initial advice.

For more information on our NO CATCH promise or to have your personal situation assessed, please call us on 1800 266 801 or request a call back via the form to discuss your situation with our expert team.

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Last update on:
September 10, 2020
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 expert advice call 1800 266 801 or chat via live chat to arrange free initial advice with our Principal lawyer, Greg Smith.

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