A costs agreement or no win no fee agreement is a formal arrangement between a lawyer and plaintiff in relation to the legal costs. The agreement describes the fees that will be incurred by the plaintiff so the lawyer can represent them. In Victoria, there are strict requirements relating to legal costs agreements.
At Lawyers Direct, all our solicitors are 100% No Win, No Fee.
This means that if for some reason your case is unsuccessful, you won’t be left with a bill.
Who is eligible?
If you’ve had an accident that wasn’t your fault you should be eligible for our risk free guarantee.
Generally, in most cases our solicitors handle, the agreement is made between the law firm and the plaintiff.
What should an agreement look like?
A costs agreement must be written or evidenced in writing. It may consist of a written offer which must clearly state that it is an offer to enter into a costs agreement.
Conditional costs agreements
Lawyers Direct abide by the strict codes of conduct outlined in Australian Accident Helpline’s No win, No Dramas campaign.
A no win no fee agreement may include a requirement that the payment of some or all of the legal costs is only paid by the plaintiff on a successful outcome. Such agreements may relate to any matter apart from criminal proceedings or proceedings under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth).
Uplift fees are additional legal fees charged by personal injury lawyers which might be payable under an agreement on the successful outcome of a claim.
Section 182 of the Uniform Law allows for an uplift fee which is normally around 25%.