FUNDING IN CRIMINAL CASES

FUNDING IN CRIMINAL CASES

MOTORING CASES

To deal with a basic motoring offence such as disqualified driving, excess alcohol in your system, excess drug in your system, being drunk in charge of a motor vehicle, careless driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, or document offences:

  • Representation on a guilty plea, mitigation and exceptional hardship – £350 + VAT fixed fee;
  • Representation at a trial, finding of fact hearing, or special reasons hearing – £600 + VAT fixed fee;
  • The current VAT rate is 20%.

Please note that the above rates are for our representation only in local magistrates’ courts, and do not include costs such as expert report fees, professional witness fees, or any other third-party costs, which will be in addition to the above.  If your case is at a magistrates’ court outside the local area, then there will be an additional cost for the time spent travelling at the rate of £165+VAT per hour or part thereof, a cost for mileage at the rate of 45p per mile, and any parking fees incurred.

Should your case be privately funded and successfully defended then an application will be made to the court for your costs to be paid from central funds.  However, even if a costs order is granted, costs can only be recovered at the current legal aid rates (which can be provided on request), and which will mean that there is an inevitable shortfall in what you will have paid, and what you will recover.

More serious motoring offences will be dealt with either by applying for a legal aid representation order, should you qualify for one, or on the basis of our full hourly rate of £165 per hour.

LEGAL AID

Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court legal aid is means tested in most cases.  Most people on benefits and all persons under 18 years of age are eligible for legal aid.

An application for a Representation Order is made to the Legal Aid Agency.  The application gives details of the allegation faced and its significance to you.  The Legal Aid Agency considers the application on its merits and financial eligibility, and will grant it if the both tests are met.  If the application for a Representation Order were refused, we would discuss with you how best to proceed.

PRIVATE FUNDING

Should you not qualify for legal aid under a legal representation order, then our professional fees are as follows:

Magistrates’ Court Cases

  • £165 + VAT per hour;
  • Please note that the above rate is for work done by ourselves only, and does not include costs such as expert report fees, professional witness fees, or any other third-party costs, which will be in addition to the above;
  • The current VAT rate is 20%

Crown Court Cases

  • On a first appearance guilty plea at the Crown Court – £1500 + VAT
  • On all other cases work done at the rate of £165.00 per hour + VAT;
  • The current VAT rate is 20%.

Please note that the above rates are for our representation only, and do not include costs such as barrister’s fees, expert report fees, professional witness fees, or any other third-party costs, which will be in addition to the above.

Should your case be privately funded and successfully defended then an application will be made to the court for your costs to be paid from central funds.  However, even if a costs order is granted, costs can only be recovered at the current legal aid rates (which can be provided on request), and which will mean that there is an inevitable shortfall in what you will have paid, and what you will recover.  In addition, a costs order will only be granted in the Crown Court, where an application has been made for legal aid funding under a legal representation order, and rejected by the Legal Aid Agency.

DEPARTMENT STAFF

Criminal work will be undertaken or supervised by the following staff.

Paul Williams, who was admitted as a solicitor 15/10/93 and who has over over 25 years experience in criminal matters.

Mark Satchell, a legal clerk with over thirty years experience in criminal law, completes our crime team.

While our own staff will deal with the vast majority of hearings and police stations, occasionally, an agent solicitor or police station agent will be used. We will ensure that the agent has an apporpriate level of experience.

We will ensure that an appropriate barrister is instructed for a Crown Court case and will discuss this with you at the appropriate time.

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I will start by, firstly, recommending Satchell Moran to anybody for any legal representation before they go to anyone else.

If they cannot help you, they will refer you to people who can.

All those at Satchell Moran are very knowledgeable, easy going, and most of all, honest about their work. I can assure you that they will endevour to get the best possible outcome for you in relation to any legal issue you have.

Keep up the good work. Many thanks.

- Alan Wardle

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