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no win no fee

WHAT IS NO WIN NO FEE?

For over 40 years now Brydens Lawyers has been operating a ‘No Win – No Fee”, policy which, simply put, provides that if a personal injury or compensation client is unsuccessful in their claim then Brydens Lawyers will not raise a tax invoice for having acted on behalf of the client. That is, if the claim is unsuccessful we do not get paid.

In that sense Brydens Lawyers are backing our judgment that the claim will be successful so that upon the successful completion of the proceedings the legal costs are paid. In the unlikely event that the judgment of Brydens Lawyers is wrong and the claim is unsuccessful then Brydens Lawyers will share in the loss.

 

In some circumstances Brydens Lawyers may be entitled to recover disbursements from a client who has unsuccessfully prosecuted a personal injury or compensation claim and there will also be circumstances were Brydens Lawyers would be able to recover costs from the client if unsuccessful in the action. These are very limited occurrences and usually pertain to clients whose claims are unsuccessful by reason of some failing on the part of the client to properly instruct Brydens Lawyers or alternatively have provided false and misleading instructions in the pursuit of their claims.

Upon receipt of instructions Brydens Lawyers will provide you with a detailed and informative cost agreement and other disclosure documents which will clearly set out the basis of the no win – no fee policy and the calculation of legal costs and expenses.

HOW ARE LEGAL COSTS CALCULATED?

The cost agreement which is provided to you at the outset will set out the basis upon which costs are calculated. They are calculated by reference to the time involved in the investigation, presentation and prosecution of the matter. Various hourly rates are attributable to the solicitors and support staff engaged in the prosecution of the claim. In personal injury and compensation matters legal costs are not calculated in any way by reference to the value of the claim and the outcome of the proceedings. Legal costs are simply calculated by reference to the amount of time involved and the value of the work as actually undertaken by Brydens Lawyers.

WHAT ABOUT THE DISBURSEMENT COSTS?

Separate to professional fees which relate to the time involved in the investigation, presentation and prosecution of the matter, there are also other expenses incurred known as disbursements. These are expenses that are actually incurred by Brydens Lawyers on your behalf. They include things like court filing fees, expert report fees, medical report fees, agent fees and the like. Brydens Lawyers will attend to fund the claim by payment of these disbursements during the course of the proceedings. Upon the successful completion of the proceedings and the rendering of a tax invoice these disbursements will be detailed in the tax invoice and reimbursed to Brydens Lawyers from the proceeds of the claim.

WHAT ARE PARTY/ PARTY COSTS?

Ordinarily if a party is successful in court action the court will order the other party to pay the successful party’s costs. In the case of a personal injury or compensation claim the defendant, usually an insurer, will be ordered to pay the client’s costs on the successful prosecution of the claim.
These are costs as between one party and the other. They are distinguished from the costs payable to the solicitor by the client which are called solicitor and client costs. These costs not only include professional costs for the work undertaken by Brydens Lawyers but also the disbursements incurred.

On the successful completion of a personal injury or compensation claim an assessment of the costs payable by the unsuccessful insurer is submitted and, usually following some negotiation, a resolution is reached for the costs payable by the unsuccessful insurer. In the event that we are unable to reach agreement with the insurer it is open to the client to have a formal bill prepared and submitted to the Supreme Court where a court appointed officer will determine what the unsuccessful insurer has to pay.

WHAT IF THE CLAIM
IS UNSUCCESSFUL?

As stated above the court will ordinarily order that the successful party’s costs be paid by the unsuccessful party. This also applies if the claim brought by the injured person is unsuccessful. Then in those circumstances the court will ordinarily order that the injured person pay the costs of the successful insurer.

This is one of the risks of prosecuting any litigation claim. The success of the proceedings and can never be guaranteed but Brydens Lawyers has established a reputation second to none in prosecuting claims to successful conclusion in court. If for whatever reason Brydens Lawyers come to the view that the injured person’s personal injury or compensation claim does not enjoy reasonable prospects of success then Brydens Lawyers will, in accordance with their statutory obligations, inform the client accordingly and proceedings will either not be brought or resolved on the most favourable terms.

Brydens Lawyers success rate in prosecuting personal injury and compensation claims means that the chance of a client’s claim being unsuccessful is most unlikely and Brydens Lawyers will take every step available to ensure that any risk of the claim being unsuccessful and you being ordered to pay costs is minimised.

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Brydens Lawyers were the only people to stand by me offering support and encouragement to get me through my injury. I have been a client since 2016, and the service has been amazing throughout both of my cases. Without Brydens Lawyers I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere near the results that were achieved. I can’t thank them enough.

Sue from Carlingford, a client of our Common Law division

From start to finish, Brydens Lawyers made the conveyancing process so easy! I couldn’t be happier with the service provided- I would definitely recommend them to anyone in need of legal assistance.

Alex Twal of the Wests Tigers

Brydens Lawyers were the only people to stand by me offering support and encouragement to get me through my injury. I have been a client since 2016, and the service has been amazing throughout both of my cases. Without Brydens Lawyers I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere near the results that were achieved. I can’t thank them enough.

Sue from Sydney, a client of our Workers Compensation division

I couldn’t be happier with the Family law team at Bryden Lawyers. I dealt with Natalie and Amanda who were both professional and knowledgeable in my case which ran for 2 years. Overall, I was impressed with the way they guided me in that time, and I felt I could make accurate decisions clearly on their advice. This helped achieve a good outcome to the case and in the end, I considered the cost to be very reasonable for the amount of time that was spent on the matter

Brenden, a client of our Family Law division

Losing a parent at any time is a sad and stressful time for a family. Our dealings with Natalie made things that bit easier. Natalie’s professionalism and patience made things seamless and that bit easier after Mum’s sudden passing. My siblings and I would recommend Brydens Lawyers

Paul Sironen of the NRL

In January I lost my license for 6 months due to a medical condition. I got in contact with Avinash Singh from Brydens Lawyers, straight away Avinash put me at ease. Within a week my license was renewed, and I was able to drive again. I was so impressed with the dealings I had with Avinash and Brydens Lawyers, I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again or recommend them to my family of friends.

Andrew Johns of the NRL

Unbelievable, I’m very happy with my TPD result. Honestly Lee and the team at Brydens Lawyers treat you like family. All my family and friends have had miracle results with Brydens.

Fred from Sydney

Omar Khan of Brydens Lawyers resolved everything quickly and looked out for my interests every step of the way. I’m very satisfied with how things played out and will definitely be contacting them if I need help again.

Paul M, a client of our Commercial division

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