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We’re one of the leading no win no fee solicitors in the UK. We win thousands of claims every year for injured people and have recovered millions of pounds in compensation to help people like you get your life back on track.

Last updated on May 4th, 2022.

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What is no win no fee?

No win no fee for personal injury claims started in the mid-1990s in the UK to help members of the public to more easily access legal services when they’ve been injured following an accident that wasn’t their fault.  The no win no fee system takes away upfront costs and expensive legal fees.

Up until April 2013 you were able to keep 100% of the compensation because the losing side had to pay all the legal costs.  The government changed the rules in 2013 as part of the Jackson Reforms, so now solicitors have to recover their costs from their clients through a small deduction of the overall payout.

We continue to provide a 100% no win no fee service with no upfront costs and nothing to pay if your claim is unsuccessful.

How does no win no fee work?

No win no fee agreements are also known as Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA). This agreement basically means that there is only a fee on the condition that you win.  It means you are safe to pursue a compensation claim knowing that if it’s unsuccessful, there is no financial risk to you.

When your claim is successful, the other side (typically their insurer) pays most of the legal costs and the law firm take a fixed percentage of your compensation to cover the rest. This means you’d never be out of pocket when claiming, and with us you keep the majority of your compensation.

When making a no win no fee claim, we take out an insurance policy on your behalf which protects you in the rare event the claim isn’t successful.  This is known as an After The Event (ATE) insurance policy and this means you have no upfront costs and you have nothing to pay if you lose the case.

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When can I make a no win no fee claim?

If you’ve been injured in an accident or become ill and wasn’t your fault, you very likely have a case for making a no win no fee claim.  We do every and any type of no win no fee personal injury claim including (but not limited to):

How to claim for personal injury compensation

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How do I know if I can make a no win no fee claim?

When you call our team to enquire about a no win no fee claim, we’ll assess your case in a free initial consultation, before advising you on whether we can take on your claim.  Many people come to us after being rejected by other law firms so it’s always worth giving us a call to find out your options.

Usually the case will be taken on under a no win no fee agreement, unless you already have legal cover through a legal expenses clause on your home or car insurance for example.

How much compensation can I claim?

No win no fee personal injury claims can range from a thousand pounds to millions of pounds – it all depends on the severity of the injuries, the impact on the person’s life, and the costs or losses that arise as a result of the injury – such as loss of earnings.

Because each and every case is different, it’s impossible to know for certain what the final settlement figure will be.

However, our legal teams are very experienced in negotiating the highest possible compensation amounts for your personal injury claim.

Almost all our personal injury cases are on a no win no fee basis, this means there’s nothing to pay if you aren’t successful.

We’ll also arrange for physio and rehabilitation and will seek interim payments wherever possible to help you avoid hardship caused by your situation.

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What’s the time limit for a no win no fee claim?

You can make a no win no fee claim up to three years after the date of the accident, or three years after you discover your injuries were caused by the accident.  If you are under 18 when you had the accident, you can claim anytime up until three years after you turn 18.

If you are claiming on behalf of someone who has diminished mental capacity, there isn’t a time limit within which you have to claim.

It’s usually better to start your claim straight away as we have the best chance of collecting all the evidence we need to mount a strong case.

What is the no win no fee claim process

We’ve worked hard to make the claims process as simple as possible for you and we’ll handle all the complicated legal work – you can simply keep track of the progress whenever you like via the client portal.

The process is broadly defined by five stages:

  • Initial assessment
  • Consultation and fact finding
  • Claim submission
  • Negotiation
  • Settlement and payment

Initial assessment

When you contact Express Solicitors about a no win no fee claim, our new client team will take your personal details and take details of your accident. They will then review these details with a partner who will decide if we are able to represent you in your claim and call you back to let you know if we can represent you.

We will get in touch immediately to explain the next steps of your claim and gather any further information we require.

Consultation and fact finding

Next we gather any further evidence to support your claim, including writing to witnesses, obtaining more information from you and contacting your employer about any financial losses.

This might include copies of your medical records and attending a medical appointment with an independent expert medical expert so they can prepare a medical report on your injuries.

Claim submission

When we have enough information, we will notify the party you believe are responsible for causing your accident and inform them that a claim is being made against them. This will either be the person responsible for your accident directly, a company, public body or insurer. They are known as the defendant.


If the defendant admits fault (liability) then we negotiate a settlement figure based on the medical evidence and any other losses (special damages) that form the total compensation amount.

If liability is denied the defendant must give reasons and provide documentation to support this decision.  We will conduct any necessary investigation to dispute these reasons and to try and secure an admission of liability.

We may issue court proceedings during this stage if the defendant doesn’t admit liability or the settlement offer is not acceptable to you.  It’s very rare for a claim to go all the way to court, even when proceedings are issued.

Settlement and payment

The Defendant can make an offer of compensation for settlement at any time. At Express Solicitors we pride ourselves on being able to negotiate with the Defendant and their insurers to secure the best compensation we can for clients. Usually most cases settle without the need for a court trial.

Once your claim has settled, we will pay your compensation into your bank account once it is received which is usually within 21 days of settlement being reached.

We understand the financial impact of an accident.

In 99% of cases, we recovered more compensation than the insurer’s first offer. We’ll provide financial security with our interim payments wherever possible, meaning you don’t need to rush into an offer that is lower than you’re legally entitled to.


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What happens if we lose the case

In the unlikely event your claim is unsuccessful, we won’t charge you anything at all.  The After The Event insurance policy we take out on your behalf covers the opponents legal fees so there is nothing you have to pay.

If you did lose your case, you wouldn’t have to pay the premium of this policy, meaning you will not have to pay a penny.

The only time you may have to pay is if you act dishonestly or maliciously in making the claim – this would put you in breach of the agreement and you might be liable to pay costs.

How much do I have to pay

When we win your claim, we charge a fixed percentage of the total compensation awarded to cover our legal costs.  This means you always keep the majority of your compensation with no risk to you financially.

The cost of the insurance policy may also be deducted from the compensation – but your solicitor will explain all of this at the start of the claim, so you’ll know what to expect when your claim settles.

What is the average compensation for a no win no fee claim?

The average compensation for a claim is typically in the thousands of pounds – but it all depends on the severity of the injury and any other losses incurred as a result of the accident and injuries.

For a minor neck injury you might get up to £6,680 where you’ve suffered from a soft tissue or whiplash injury that has a recovery of up to 24 months.  Some minor injuries sustained in car accidents could be worth less following recent changes to the law.

Average no win no fee compensation amounts

Part of body Severity of injury Amount of compensation Types of injuries
Head Minor £1,880.00 to £10,890.00 Covers brain damage with recovery within a few weeks. Higher compensation if symptoms include headaches.
Head Moderate £13,430.00 to £112,130.00 Symptoms ranging from poor concentration, lower and higher risk of epileptic attacks, minor personality changes, depression, more severe intellectual impairment, or injuries/symptoms leading to a vegetative state.
Head Serious £186,890.00 £240,590.00 Covers reduced life expectancy, serious physical symptoms, serious changes to personality or intellect, large dependence on others due to paralysis or otherwise.
Head Severe £240,590.00 to £344,640.00 Covers minimally conscious state (life expectancy less than 15 years), severe disability, brain damage with little/no response, vegetative states needing full-time nursing.
Eye Severe £56,080.00to £229,260.00 Complete blindness on one/both eyes or severe visual impairment on one/both eyes.
Face Minor £1,460.00 to £7,460.00 Light or no scarring on the face, but no fractures, loss/damage of one/two front teeth, simple fractures of the jaw or nose, but with a possibility of complete recovery.
Face Serious £15,320.00 to £26,010.00 More serious fractures such as a broken jaw or nose, breaking/damage/loss of several teeth.
Face Severe £26,010.00 to £38,850.00 Severe injuries resulting in facial disfigurement, several jaw fractures, chronic tooth pain, and scarring. May lead to eating restrictions or higher risk of joint arthritis. Covers negative effects on mental health.
Ear/ hearing Minor Up to £5,980.00 Possible Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), slight/occasional tinnitus.
Ear/ hearing Moderate £12,700.00 to £25,350.00 Partial hearing loss or mild to severe tinnitus.
Ear/ hearing Serious £25,350.00 to £38,850.00 Complete deafness in one ear. Severity varies based on additional symptoms (e.g. dizziness, tinnitus, etc.).
Ear/ hearing Severe £77,430.00 to £120,040.00 Complete deafness in both ears. Higher compensation for child injuries also resulting in a loss of speech.

Personal injury compensation amounts for back, neck, shoulders and upper body injuries

Part of body Severity of injury Amount of compensation Types of injuries
Neck Minor Up to £6,680.00 Soft tissue injuries or whiplash with recovery within 3 – 24 months. Compensation factors include severity of pain and amount of negative effects on everyday life.
Neck Moderate £7,410.00 to £47,760.00 Covers injuries that accelerated a pre-existing condition, disc lesions, cervical spondylosis, serious limitation of movement, permanent and/or recurring pain, all caused by fractures or dislocations.
Neck Severe £56,100.00 to £139,210.00 Serious fractures, severe soft tissue damage, chronic pain conditions, disc damage, partial paraplegia, or significant, permanent disability.
Back Minor £2,090.00 to £10,670.00 Includes lighter strains, sprains, disc prolapses, and soft tissue injuries. Recovery between 3 months and 5 years.
Back Moderate £11,730.00 to £26,050.00 Includes: spinal fusion, compressed or fractured lumbar spine (possibly resulting in higher risk of osteoarthritis and constant pain), prolapsed discs and other injuries that may require surgery and a continued acceleration/worsening of a pre-existing back condition.
Back Severe £36,390.00 to £151,070.00 Typically requires surgery. Injuries include: damaged spinal cord and partial paralysis, psychological issues, loss of bladder and/or bowel function, disc lesions, impaired movement, arthritis, etc.
Shoulder Minor Up to £6,730.00 Soft tissue injury resulting in pain. Full recovery between 3 – 24 months.
Shoulder Serious £10,890.00 to £16,380.00 Fractured humerus, clavicle or rotator cuff needing surgery.
Shoulder Severe £16,380.00 to £40,970.00 Significant disability caused by severe damage to the neck or brachial plexus.
Pelvis & hips Minor £3,370.00 to £10,750.00 Complete recovery after minor soft tissue injuries. Little or no disability within 2 years.
Pelvis & hips Moderate £10,750.00 to £33,430.00 No serious disability, but covers injuries requiring hip operations, replacement of hips (or the need for either in the future).
Pelvis & hips Severe £33,430.00 to £111,690.00 Severe hip/pelvis fractures resulting in bowel damage or spinal fusion, childbirth complications, hip replacement, and/or leading to higher likelihood of future surgery.
Scarring (not facial) Minor £2,020.00 to £7,380.00 One noticeable scare or several superficial, unsightly scars on the legs, arms, or hands.
Scarring (not facial Moderate Up to £7,380.00 Full recovery within 2 years, up to a partial recovery with symptoms that are not largely debilitating.
Scarring (not facial Severe £6,680.00 to £19,390.00 Several noticeable laceration scars or a single disfiguring scar.

Personal injury compensation amounts for arm, hand, and finger injuries

Part of body Severity of injury Amount of compensation Types of injuries
Arm Mild £5,630.00 to £16,380.00 Fractured forearm.
Arm Moderate £16,380.00 to £33,430.00 Serious arm injury leading to long-lasting symptoms.
Arm Serious £33,430.00 to £111,690.00 Serious injury resulting in an inability to use the arm(s) to some extent. Does not result in amputation.
Arm Severe £82,040.00 to £255,930.00 Results may include the amputation of one/both arms. Compensation amount will depends on amputated area, whether phantom pain is experienced, and on other effects on the quality of life.
Elbow Moderate Up to £10,750.00 Includes: tennis elbow, deep cuts, simple fractures, no permanent damage.
Elbow Serious £13,360.00 to £27,320.00 Results in restricted movement but does not require surgery or cause disability.
Elbow Severe £33,430.00 to £46,780.00 Injury causes severe disability or requires surgery.
Wrist Moderate Up to £8,740.00 Uncomplicated Colles fracture or minor undisplaced fractures with recovery between 1 – 2 years. May include use of plasters.
Wrist Serious £10,750.00 to £20,900.00 Soft tissue damage or broken wrist causing some permanent disability.
Wrist Severe £20,900.00to £51,070.00. Significant permanent disability or complete loss of wrist function.
Hand Minor Up to £4,050.00 Covers lacerations and crush injuries, and soft tissue injuries (recovery within 6 months).
Hand Moderate £4,780.00 to £11,330.00 Covers penetrating wounds and crush injuries resulting in permanent but non-intrusive symptoms, or soft tissue damage and deeper cuts resulting in impairment of the hand (may require surgery).
Hand Severe £24,740.00 to £171,920.00 Covers amputation and rejoining of several fingers, resulting in a clawed, impaired, or unsightly hand, amputation of one/both hands (alternatively, amputation of several fingers rendering the hand almost useless).
Finger Minor Up to £4,055.00 Includes: full-healed fractured finger bones (healed within 1 year) with/without minor scarring.
Finger Moderate £3,370.00 to £5,000.00 Includes: complete (or almost complete) recovery after broken finger, amputation or loss of a part of the little finger.
Finger Severe £10,380.00 to £31,350.00 Includes: complete amputation of one/more fingers, fractures of the index finger. Compensation depends on level of disability and suffering.
Thumb Minor Up to £4,055.00 Short-term, severe pain gone within 3 months.
Thumb Moderate £3,370.00 to £10,750.00 Covers fractures with recovery within 6 months, damage to nerves or tendons resulting in partial loss of sensation, and cosmetic thumb deformities.
Thumb Severe £10,750.00 to £46,780.00 Partial/complete amputation of the thumb, surgical wire insertions, nerve damage, fractures, inability to grip.

Personal injury compensation amounts for leg and foot injuries

Part of body Severity of injury Amount of compensation Types of injuries
Leg Minor £7,780.00 to £12,010.00 Minor injuries with recovery within a few months (e.g. soft-tissue injuries, bruising, cuts, and contusions). Slightly more severe injuries such as simple fractures of the femur, tibia, or fibula.
Leg Moderate £15,320.00 to £46,780.00 Minor fractures with partial recovery, serious soft tissue injury, injuries to one leg (e.g. broken bones, crushing injuries), ligament injuries, compound fractures leading to near certainty of arthritis or instability.
Leg Severe £46,780.00 to £240,590.00 Severe injuries resulting in extensive degloving, bone grafting, permanently reduced mobility, or amputation of one/both legs (above/below the knee).
Knee Minor Up to £11,730.00 Includes soft tissue injuries (recovery within a few months), a twisted knee, lacerations, or bruising resulting in discomfort or pain.
Knee Moderate £22,340.00 to £37,070.00 Includes: seriously damaged kneecaps, ligaments, or muscles, dislocation, a torn meniscus, acceleration injuries (over several years), resulting in ongoing discomfort or pain.
Knee Severe £44,470.00 to £82,080.00 Covers constant pain, severe disability, or muscle wastage. Higher compensation if need for surgery or injury effects quality of life.
Ankle Minor Up to £11,730.00 Smaller fractures, but bone has not been displaced. May include sprains, injured ligaments (likely leads to scarring). Smaller injuries can allow for full recovery within a year, without any scarring.
Ankle Moderate £11,730.00 to £42,710.00 Includes ligament tears, fractures, leading to smaller disabilities while standing/moving. Increased risk of osteoarthritis. Operation/cast needed. May lead to inability to work or call for special footwear.
Ankle Severe £42,710.00 to £59,480.00 Severe injury resulting in deformities, disabilities, or even amputation of the body part down the line.
Achilles Minor £6,200.00 to £10,750.00 Minor instability due to tendon damage around the ankle. Some more severe cases might involve scarring.
Achilles Moderate £10,750.00 to £17,970.00 More serious injury and partially ruptured tendon. More severe cases tend to involve disability and/or permanent scarring.
Achilles Severe £21,320.00to £32,780.00 Restricted movement of the ankle due to severed muscle tissue. Small likelihood of further improvement of limp and residual scarring.
Foot Minor Up to £11,730.00 Includes: minor fractures, lacerations or contusions (with complete recovery within 2 years), ruptured ligaments or other puncture wounds that result in chronic pain or a permanent limp.
Foot Moderate £11,730.00 to £59,730.00 Includes: metatarsal fractures resulting in permanent deformity and ongoing symptoms, fractured heels (both), restricted mobility, degloving and heel fusion.
Foot Severe £71,640.00 to £171,920.00 Injury needing amputation of one/both feet or traumatic amputation of the forefoot (to prevent need for complete amputation).
Toe Minor Up to £8,190.00 One or more broken toes with a varying recovery period. Compensation depends on presence of long-term symptoms and speed of recovery.
Toe Moderate £8,190.00 to £11,730.00 Multiple fractures, crush injuries to two/more toes, permanent disability. May have involved unsuccessful past operations.
Toe Severe £11,730.00 to £47,830.00 Severe crush injuries leading to less/surgical amputation of one or two toes (not including the big toe), amputation of all toes or the big toe.

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We are completely independent; we are not tied to any insurance companies and do not pay referral fees for claims.

In some cases, the insurance company used by both parties in an accident is the same (or is owned by the same parent company) – creating a huge conflict of interest. Express Solicitors are wholly independent and therefore not dictated by any external companies. We will not settle claims for the best interest of an insurance company but solely in your best interests.

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