No win no fee claims in the English speaking world
No win no fee arrangements became a popular means of making compensation claims in the UK in 1995 following the abolition of Legal Aid for most personal injury claims.
The UK is not the only country in the world where you can make a no win, no fee claim for compensation and many other countries offer no win no fee arrangements. In fact, so many countries offer no win no fee arrangements that it would be impossible to cover them.
Instead, let's examine no win no fee (or contingency) arrangements in some of the world's English speaking countries.
No win no fee claims in the United States
The United States is often derided for having a perceived 'compensation claim culture'. While this may or may not be true it is certainly true that the no win no fee system in the United States is significantly different to that operating in the UK.
For a start, a no win no fee personal injury compensation claim in the United States would be heard by a jury as opposed to a judge. This can lead to some markedly different no win no fee outcomes as it is much easier to convince a jury of a causal link than it is a judge.
Also, in the United States a large number of no win no fee claims include compensation claim awards for punitive damages. This means that compensation claim payouts are often bumped up to astronomically high figures.
Because of this, situations arise like that of a customer suing a dry cleaners who lost his favourite pair of trousers for £33 million. Without this system of punitive damages, no win no fee compensation claims in the UK are much more likely to retrieve fair and reasonable damages. There is a rough equivalent to punitive damages in the UK; they are called exemplary damages but they are very rarely awarded.
In the United States it is also possible in some places - though very rare - for lawyers to work on a no win no fee basis in criminal and family cases.
Another reason for the comparatively inflated no win no fee compensation awards in the United States is that unlike most no win no fee solicitors in the UK, our Atlantic cousins like to take a hefty cut of the compensation payout.
No win no fee arrangements in Canada
Canada, ever keen to distance itself from its bigger and more conspicuous neighbour, has a quite conservative approach to no win no fee arrangements.
This is evidenced by a recent ruling there which set a limit on the amount of damages a claimant could be awarded in a whiplash compensation claim.
This decision has recently come under a lot of criticism for understating the severity of a whiplash injury.
No win no fee claims in Australia
The Australian no win no fee claims system is very similar to that of the UK as the Australian culture and the Australian legal system have their roots very firmly in ours.
However, there is evidence to suggest that civil compensation claims are more prevalent in Australia than they are in the UK. Such indication can be gathered from the fact that Australia spends 1.1% of its GDP on civil compensation claims compared to the UK's figure of just 0.6%.
And no win no fee arrangements in Britain
Unfortunately it is true that a number of unscrupulous no win no fee claims farmers still operate in this country, offering their services in hospital waiting rooms and sometimes at the scenes of car accidents.
However, there has been an improvement in the quality and consistency of no win no fee solicitors operating in the UK market. Since April of 2007 all bona fide no win no fee providers like The Claim Solicitors have been regulated with the Department of Constitutional Affairs; this is in compliance with the Compensation Act of 2006.
Making a no win, no fee claim for compensation
If you wish to make a claim for personal injury compensation with an ethical and accredited no win no fee provider who have an excellent success rate in dealing with similar claims then you have come to the right place.
At The Claim Solicitors we have a wealth of experience and expertise in providing legal advice and processing claims.
We offer a no win, no fee service, which means that, if your claim is unsuccessful, you don't have to pay a penny. It means making a claim is a totally risk free process.
With personal injury claims, time really is of the essence and the sooner you process the claim the higher your probability of mounting a successful case so why not contact one of our claims team today. You can fill out an online claim form, request a call back at a time convenient to you or call us now on 0800 197 32 32.