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Are you trying to find a no win no fee lawyer in Brisbane and Chermside? Denning Insurance Law service clients in Brisbane, Chermside and surrounding areas including Lutwyche, Kedron, Stafford, Aspley, Wavell Heights, The Gap, Indooroopilly, Bowen Hills and Zillmere.

Why choose Denning Insurance Law for a No Win No Fee claim?

At Denning Insurance Law, Principal Kate Denning works one on one with clients for the duration of their matter. We handle fewer cases than larger law firms because we believe developing an intimate understanding of the facts of your case and a relationship of trust with you, is very important.

We are driven by our guiding principles in our work and these are:

  • Be reasonable
  • Achieve results
  • Be transparent

Kate Denning is ranked in Doyles Guide as a Leading Queensland Public Liability Compensation Lawyer (Plaintiff). Denning Insurance Law is ranked in Doyles Guide as a Leading Public Liability Compensation (Plaintiff) Law Firm (Plaintiff).

Kate is an experienced Queensland personal injuries solicitor. She has practised in the personal injuries for over 16 years. In addition to seriously injured plaintiffs, in previous employment, her clients have included workers’ compensation insurers, local government authorities, and several Australian and international companies. This well-rounded experience allows us to provide balanced claims advice.

If you would like to find out more about our experience or to understand your rights, please contact us.

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FAQs in No Win No Fee Cases

What does no win no fee actually mean?

If you have suffered a personal injury in an accident, you might need to find a no win no pay lawyer or, no win no fee lawyer. But what does ‘no win no fee’ actually mean?

Some lawyers act on behalf of their clients on a no win no fee, no win no pay, speculative or conditional basis. All these terms have similar meanings. Under these sort of costs agreements, part or all of your costs will not be payable unless you achieve a ‘successful outcome’.

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What is a successful outcome in a no win no fee costs agreement?

Under a no win no pay costs agreement for legal services, the lawyer should define what ‘successful outcome’ means. A client should have a clear understanding of the circumstances in which their lawyer will charge for their fees.

A ‘successful outcome’ might mean more than the client achieving a judgment or settlement in their favour.

For example, a costs agreement could also define ‘successful outcome’ to mean:

  • rejecting an offer for the payment of a sum which the lawyer considers reasonable;
  • where the client terminates the costs agreement and transfers the matter to another firm;
  • where the lawyer terminates the costs agreement for particular reasons.
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What do no win no fee solicitors charge?

Your costs agreement will contain an estimate of the likely costs you will incur in your no win no fee case.

There are different methods by which solicitors charge for professional services rendered in no win no fee agreements. These include itemised scale fees, statutory scales, task-based fees, fixed fees and conditional fee arrangements which may include an uplift fee. These methods of charging may result in different fees payable.

Charging on the basis of time taken to do a task may result in a charge which is different from charging on the basis of a set fee to do that task. To calculate time charged, many lawyers operate on units of six minutes. The cost of each unit is 10% of the hourly rate of the person doing the work. If the time taken is less than six minutes, one unit (six minutes) is charged. If the time taken is not an exact multiple of six minutes, the lawyer will either rounded up or down to the next multiple of six minutes.

In Queensland, a lawyer cannot charge a personal injury claim client, in a no win no fee or no win no pay costs agreement, a fee which is dependent upon the outcome of their matter. So, for example, a lawyer is unable to have a costs agreement with a client which states that the client will pay a percentage of their settlement or judgment to the lawyer for their fees.

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How much do no win no fee lawyers take?

There are different factors which can affect the cost of legal services in a no win no fee matter. Some of these include:

  • how complicated the accident or the injuries are;
  • how long the claim goes for and the stage at which it is finalised;
  • the attitude of your opponent;
  • time necessarily taken to get information from third parties or the client.

Under section 308 Legal Profession Act 2007 (Qld) a lawyer is required to provide a client with an estimate of the total legal costs (or a range of the total legal costs) for a matter. If there is a change in the estimate, the lawyer is required to provide an update about that change.

Under section 347 of the Legal Profession Act 2007 (Qld) also caps the amount of fees which a law firm can charge a client in a no win no fee agreement. The law firm cannot charge more than one half of the net settlement or judgment amount, including GST. This is known as the ’50/50 rule’. The rule requires provides that a lawyer cannot charge a client more than half of what is left (including GST) after statutory refunds, disbursements and medical report fee costs are deducted from a settlement or judgment amount.

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Is no win no fee really free?

The term ‘no win no fee’ means that the lawyer will not charge a fee unless you achieve a ‘successful outcome’ in your matter. It does not mean that the work is done for free. The solicitor will charge for their fees if you achieve a ‘successful outcome’. Under some ‘no win no fee’ agreements, clients are required to pay for disbursements and outlays (but not professional fees) as a matter progresses.

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Can I recover legal costs from the other party under a no win no fee costs agreement?

Not always but in many Queensland personal injury claims, an injured person can recover something towards their costs. The amount of costs that a person may recover from another party to dispute will depend upon a number of factors including the:

  • type of claim for personal injuries. That is, whether the claim is a public liability, workers’ compensation or road accident claim;
  • stage at which the claim is finalised. That is, pre-court, litigated or final judgment;
  • amount of the settlement or judgment;
  • jurisdiction or Court in which the claim is commenced.
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What happens if you lose a no win no fee case?

The consequence of losing your no win no fee case will depend upon the circumstances in which you ‘lose’ your case and the costs agreement between you and your solicitor.

In claims for personal injuries in Queensland, there are generally no cost consequences for commencing a claim and progressing it through the pre-court stage to a Compulsory Conference. It is usually only when a claim becomes litigated that there risks of costs being awarded against an injured person arise.

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How do I compare no win no fee lawyers to one another?

Choosing the right lawyer for your matter is essential to success. But searching Google for ‘top no win no fee lawyer’ is probably not the best way to go about it.  When choosing a lawyer there are many more things to consider apart from the fees that the lawyer will charge because the fees are set by the law firm and do not necessarily have anything to do with your lawyers skill or experience.  In other words – higher fees do not equal better results.

Some of the reasons you might want to choose a particular lawyer might be:

  • the lawyer’s level of experience in handling similar types of claims;
  • how the matter will be managed. Will you be dealing directly with a senior lawyer, lawyer, paralegal or other administrative staff;
  • whether the lawyer has specialist accreditation in their State or Territory;
  • the lawyer’s initial assessment of your claim.

If you want to compare costs agreements, then you might want to consider:

  • the fee estimate, range of estimates or fixed fee amount under the costs agreement;
  • the hourly rate of the person who will do most of the work on your matter;
  • what is the firm’s uplift fee?
  • will the firm charge ‘care and consideration’?
  • whether the firm requires you to pay for the cost of medical reports and if not, how those medical reports will be paid for
  • how the firm defines, ‘successful outcome’ under their costs agreement.
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How much does an initial consultation cost?

We offer all new enquirers a free initial consultation and if we are prepared to accept instructions in a case, we provide you with a costs agreement at or shortly after your initial appointment.

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Do I have to sign a no win no fee costs agreement straight away?

No. You have the right to seek independent legal advice in relation to the costs agreement at your own expense. There is also a statutory cooling off period for all Queensland costs agreements, allowing you to terminate the costs agreement within not less than five (5) clear business days of entering into the costs agreement.

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How do I prepare for an appointment with a no win no fee lawyer?

Strict timeframes apply in claims for personal injuries, so it is important to consult a lawyer about your rights and obligations as soon as possible after an accident – even if you do not have all of the information or documents just yet.

To prepare for your appointment with no win no fee lawyers, some tips are to:

  • know the date of your accident or if it occurred over a period of time, have a good idea of the chronology of incidents that you think might give rise to a claim;
  • have medical certificates, medical records and medical reports available for the lawyer to review at or prior to your appointment;
  • have accident reports or incident reports available for the lawyer to review at or prior to your appointment;
  • keep receipts for all of the expenses that you incur – medical appointments, medication, travel etc;
  • be honest and open with the lawyer about your past medical and claims history.
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For further assistance with a claim, please contact us on (07) 3067 3025, by email to info@dennings.com.au or by completing the online form below.

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