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. In criminal proceedings where an individual is found not gulity after a trial and where we have charged privately for representation at court; we would 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.
In all other cases, we would discuss with you an agreed fixed fee, in advance of any legal proceedings. 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.