Last updated 15 June 2016

If a person has a claim for compensation, particularly for a personal injury caused by medical negligence, a law firm may agree to represent them on a ‘speculative’ or ‘no win, no fee’ basis. This means that the law firm will not charge for its professional fees unless and until compensation is recovered. A law firm will only take the matter on this basis if a claimant has reasonable prospects of receiving an amount of compensation that would justify the cost of the legal action. The claimant may still have to pay for disbursements such as medical reports, and faces the risk of being ordered to pay the other party’s legal costs.

Law firms which practise in personal injuries are listed on the Queensland Law Society website.