Pricing and expectation

Legal aid – what to expect

We will take you through the application process and help you collate the information and material the Legal Aid Agency need .

Police station

At the police station, representation is not means tested and therefore free.

Magistrates Court

In the magistrates court your case must first of all be one which merits legal aid in principle. If it passes this test, a means test is applied and if your income is below the requisite limit, then you receive legal aid without contribution.

Crown Court

If you have a case in the crown court, then by definition you pass the merits test for legal aid. There is then a more complex means test which may led to the grant of legal aid with or without a contribution.

Private fees

Not the cheapest, not the most expensive, but possibly the best…..

Because no two cases are the same, it is difficult to adopt a one-size fits all approach. Some cases are substantially more complex and weighty than others and will always be more expensive.
That said, typical fixed fees are below.

Magistrates Court

Single appearance straightforward guilty plea concluded at a single hearing:

£750 plus vat and expenses


Short magistrates court trial [one day or less]:

£1500 plus vat and expenses


Preparatory/case management/interim hearings:

£500 plus vat and expenses on a single listing

£250 plus vat if we have another matter in court for the same session

Crown Court

For our own crown court advocate at a single sentencing :

£1500 plus vat and expenses


Routine crown court hearings:

£500 plus vat and expenses

Many cases will involve approved barristers either where we do not have an advocate available or, more importantly , where we feel that the best interests of the client are served by having an external independent specialist advocate.
Because of our longstanding relationships with counsel of the highest competence, we are able to negotiate extremely competitive fees, which can be agreed on a case by case basis.

Counsel’s fees will generally break down into a fixed fee per conference, fixed fee for any interim hearings and a brief fee for trial based on the anticipated length, with an agreed ‘refresher’ fee per additional day if the trial goes over the original estimate

If we have not agreed a fixed fee, charges for a senior solicitor are £235 per hour and for a senior non-solicitor lawyer £175 per hour, both plus vat

We will give you an estimate and update this if circumstances change.

Boutique services

Some cases are particularly sensitive , some cases are particularly important.
If you are fortunate enough to have the means, we provide a tailored service including representation from some of the finest barristers in the country.

This service includes:

– a named senior lawyer at any police station attendance
– consultation with one of our lawyers within 24 hours of your first contact
– consultation with leading counsel within 48 hours
– out of hours contact available at all times

This is a very personalised service which we arrange on a case by case basis.

Have we failed to meet your expectations ?

We want to give you the best possible service. If at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service we have provided, then you should inform us immediately, so that we can do our best to resolve the problem.

In the first instance it may be helpful to contact the person who is working on your case to discuss your concerns.
If these cannot be allayed and you wish to make a formal complaint, then you can implement our full complaints process.
Your making a complaint will not affect how we handle your case.

The Solicitors Regulatory Authority[link]can help you if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money, or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic.

The office of the Legal Ombudsman can help you if we are unable to resolve your complaint ourselves. They will look at your complaint independently and it will not affect how we handle your case.

Before accepting a complaint for investigation, the Legal Ombudsman will check that you have tried to resolve your complaint with us first.

Your complaint must be brought to the Ombudsman within six months of receiving a final response from us to your complaint and no more than six years from the act or omission or no more than three years from when you should reasonably have known that there was cause for complaint.