These are often referred to as "no-win, no-fee agreements". Either you do not pay for the solicitor’s time unless you "win" (a standard conditional fee agreement, or CFA) or you pay a reduced rate if you lose (a discounted fee conditional fee agreement, or DCFA). In either case there may be a premium or "success fee" added should you win. The idea is that all basic costs are charged to the other side, but the client is liable for the success fee. However, while there may be no fee for the solicitors time if the case is lost, you may still be liable to pay their disbursements. Other lawyers, such as barristers, instructed in the case may be treated as disbursements, or may enter into a separate conditional fee agreement with the solicitor. Conditional fee agreements do offer the opportunity to pursue a case where you have no or little money and formed part of the underlying strategy which enabled the government to dispose of Legal Aid in a large percentage of cases.