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Conditional fee agreements for compensation

A conditional fee agreement means you only pay your lawyer if you win your case.

It is sometimes called ‘no win no fee’.

How conditional fee agreements work

If you win your case:

  • your landlord usually pays your legal costs

  • you might have to pay your solicitor's 'success fee' out of your compensation

If you lose your case, you:

  • do not pay the solicitor

  • might have to pay your landlord's legal costs

When could you claim compensation?

You can claim compensation if your landlord did something wrong. For example, if they:

Check the conditional fee agreement carefully

Ask the solicitor to explain any:

  • fees you might have to pay

  • terms that are not clear

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has information on what your solicitor should tell you.

Find a solicitor on the Law Society website.

Last updated: 27 November 2023

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