Because many solicitors offer no win, no fee agreements, it’s important that you do a bit of research so that you choose the right solicitor for you. Experience in similar claim to your claim is important. You want a personal injury solicitor that has a positive track record for successfully resolving similar claims to yours.
Also, the conditions of a no win, no fee agreement can differ amongst solicitors. One thing that you want to ensure is what happens if the solicitor is not successful in resolving your claim. Some solicitors say they are no win, no fee and still expect you to pay for certain expenses such as the court stamp duty or your medical costs. So, it is up to you to make sure that you read and understand the agreement offered to you. Do not sign an agreement it if it makes you uncomfortable.
You should make sure that the solicitor follows the Law Society of Irelands’ Regulations. If you review them, you may notice whether the solicitor follow them. If they don’t, you should strongly consider choosing another solicitor that does follow the Law Society of Irelands’ Regulations.
Review the success record of the solicitor. For example research how many claims like yours have they successfully resolved, How many of those cases involved out of court settlement, How many of those cases involved appearing in front of the Court, What was the average amount awarded for those claims.
Arrange a meeting with the solicitor and consider how you’re treated and how the staff and solicitor speaks to you about your potential claim. It’s important for you to work with a solicitor who makes you feel comfortable and who explains things to you in plain English. If the solicitor you speak with makes you uncomfortable, don’t sign an agreement. Talk to other solicitors until you find the solicitor who you feel is right for you.