Paying for our Services
Legal Aid for Criminal Matters
We currently have a legal aid contract with the Legal Aid Agency, which means that if you are on a low income, then public funding may be available to pay for us to represent you in certain criminal proceedings. As a starting point in criminal proceedings, we will ensure that we seek to apply for funding on your behalf. If you are granted Legal Aid it would cover the cost of representing you and you will not have to pay us.
In cases where you will not qualify for legal aid, we are always happy to negotiate a fixed fee for our services and this usually anticipates the amount of chargeable time spent on your matter.
An initial consultation to discuss your matter is usually charged at £80 plus Vat which normally is a 30 minute session, but can go up to an hour.
Our chargeable rates, depending on the complexity of the case, ranges from £150/hr to £250hr depending on the fee grade and experience of the solicitor that takes is instructed on your case. Whoever is handling your matter, you can always be sure that quality would never be compromised.
In criminal proceedings where an individual is found not guilty after a trial and where we have charged privately for representation at court, we are able to make an application to the Court for a Defence Cost Order, which would mean, if granted, the recovery of some of the costs of representation at legal aid rates.
Examples of fees charged (excluding disbursements) on a fixed rate are as follows:
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- Criminal Summary Only offences dealt with and concluded at one hearing at the Magistrates Court will range from £500 to £950 plus Vat
- Immigration Applications for Leave to Remain, EU Settlement Scheme, Human Rights Applications, Indefinite Leave to Remain etc will range from £650 to £1200 plus Vat
- An uncontested Divorce Petition fee is £500 plus VAT, Which does not include the court fee to lodge the Petition. This fee will cover the drafting of the Petition and application for the Decree Nisi and Decree Absolute.
In all other cases, we would discuss with you an agreed fixed fee based on our fee structure and the complexity of your instructions in advance of any work being done on your behalf. Once your instructions are given, we will often require 50% of the agreed fee to be paid prior to the commencement of any work on your matter.
We do accept online payments and direct debit instructions for payment towards our fees, making it more convenient for our clients to pay for our services within the comfort of their homes and offices.