no win no fee nightmare

The contemplated new ‘no win no fee’ funding landscape post the Jackson review could really end up being a nightmare for Claimants and their lawyers. Although the Jackson recommendations are still out for consultation(until the 14th February 2011) it is expected that the Government will seek to implement many of the proposals very quickly after the end of the consultation period. If post event legal expenses insurance premiums and lawyers success fees become irrecoverable against an opponent the effect could cause serious prejudice to Claimants and indeed dissuade many from pusuing just causes. It is not clear whether the general public will hear anything but the usual scare stories of massive success fees and premiums for no perceived risk when firms such as Matthew Wilkinson are pursuing many high risk professional negligence claims and Claimants and the firm need the success fees for the funding of this form of access to justice. At Matthew Wilkinson I  probably spend more time on cases that can not proceed than on cases that we can run because it takes a lot of time to assess and investigate cases involving matters which often involve large amounts of paperwork in large boxes! The risk of access to justice  being denied because firms will not want to investigate and take on difficult cases is very real and if the changes are implemented our ability to help citizens who feel that they have been the subject of lawyer’s negligence will be seriously hampered. Let’s hope that these risks can be highlighted to the Government in the short time available! Mr M B Wilkinson BA MPNLA Solicitor.

Matthew Wilkinson

What Next ?

With most legal matters It is better to take action sooner rather than later. We know that contacting a Solicitor can create anxiety itself, which is why you can contact us without obligation.

Call us on 0800 043 9981 or dial 0333 577 0172 if calling from a mobile.

complete a free online enquiry or contact us via email on we’ll have a no obligation chat with you about what you need and what you hope to achieve. We’ll happily answer any questions or queries you have and give you advice on how to progress your matter.

You can be sure if you contact us that whatever you ask us to do for you will be handled professionally and efficiently, so you can get the best outcome possible without any of the hassle.


  • This information will only be used to deal with your enquiry. For more information on how we handle your data, please click the link to our Privacy Policy.
What Our Clients Say

After my previous Solicitor let me down badly, I approached yourselves and was told by Matthew Large to see if I could get another Solicitor regarding my injury claim after approaching seven Solicitors that wouldn’t take it and because of the time limit I went back to Matthew Large who took it on as a negligence claim and after a lengthy drawn out case, Matthew Large proved negligence against my previous Solicitor and obtained me compensation, which turned out to be a battle between Insurers.… Mr C, Stockton
Our Expertise