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Slater and Gordon's innovative No Win - No Fee arrangement has meant that many Australians whose financial situation would otherwise deny them legal representation are now able to access the legal system.
The arrangement is designed with exactly that purpose in mind. Introduced to Victorians in 1994, No Win - No Fee was created in direct response to growing community concern that access to legal justice was beyond the reach of many and increasingly restricted to those with the financial resources to pay for it.
Under the No Win - No Fee arrangement, if your claim is unsuccessful you may not need to pay any legal fees. If your claim is successful, however, even with the arrangement you may be charged legal fees which may include a 'success fee'.
A success fee is typically a percentage added to the final costs. For example, under Victorian law if your claim is successful an increase in the costs of up to 25% is permitted as a success fee. This 'uplift' is not calculated as a percentage of your settlement money.
Slater and Gordon offers No Win - No Fee arrangements for all areas of compensation law including asbestos-related diseases, workers claims, compensation claims, motor vehicle claims and medical law claims.
However in some cases, such as complex medical law claims, you may be required to contribute to the upfront cost of the initial investigative reports. We will assess and discuss with you any likely additional costs before you agree to be our client.
The No Win - No Fee arrangement is generally not available in non-compensation claim cases such as family and employment law or commercial litigation.
We offer No Win - No Fee arrangements on a case-by-case basis. Before we will accept your case on a No Win - No Fee basis we must be satisfied that:
We will set out the conditions for the arrangement in a written Fee and Retainer Agreement which you will need to sign before we start work on your claim.
The Fee and Retainer Agreement also sets out our obligations to you, the client, which in general terms are to:
Under a No Win - No Fee arrangement we ask that you, in general:
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