Funding Options

Are you eligible for legal aid or legal expenses cover? At Malcolm & Co in East London we want to ensure that, where possible, your legal costs are covered to reduce pressure during an already stressful time.

Criminal Legal Aid

We can act for you under legal if aid if you are eligible and wish to be so represented or privately.
We are proud to act under the legal aid scheme where possible in order to uphold the rights of anyone accused of a criminal offence. We can offer a fixed-fee service where appropriate and where legal aid funding is not available.

Where it is not possible to offer a fixed-fee due to the circumstances of the case, then we are able to offer a service based on private charging rates, depending upon the grade of lawyer assigned to the case.

Please note that in court proceedings that commence as of 1st October 2012, by virtue of an Act of Parliament, if you are charged and are eligible for legal aid but pay for your costs privately and you are either acquitted or the case does not proceed, then you will not be able to recover your legal costs. If you are represented under legal aid and have to pay contributions then they will be returned in the event of your acquittal.

How do I apply for legal aid?
You will need to complete a set of application forms (CRM14 & CRM15). If preferred, we can make you an appointment at our offices for these to be completed or alternatively we can send you the forms in the post along with a self-addressed envelope for you to return them to us.

You are required to supply your National Insurance number when applying for legal aid and stating any of the above.

I don’t know my National Insurance number!
If you are unaware of your National Insurance Number you can ring 0845 915 7006 to find out.

Legal Expenses Cover

If you have Professional Indemnity Insurance, you are a member of a union or you work in certain professions (such as a foster carer), you may have a legal expenses attachment to the policy or you may have a Legal Expenses Insurance (LEI) paid for by your Local Authority, employer or provider.

Some of our solicitors are well known to the LEI providers, so we may be able to negotiate with them about costs and then handle your case for you, especially if it is a matter whereby you need advice as regards a criminal prosecution or it is a matter relating to your professional regulator.

Private Funding

Malcolm & Co's bespoke 24-hour private client department provides first class legal advice and representation to individuals and their families across the full spectrum of criminal and civil law matters.

We will provide you with an estimate of our likely costs, and will usually ask for some money on account. Our computerised case management system will automatically track the progress of the funding of your matter, which means that we can provide you with a regular and accurate costs summary.

The firm delivers highly specialised and nationally-recognised private defense. The department will ensure that a specialist legal team is dedicated to your case and will provide outstanding client service.

For more information please contact our private client department in East London on 020 7613 4300 or email us.

Conditional Fee Agreement
(CFA aka "No win no fee")

We are able to offer funding by way of a CFA (also known as ‘no win, no fee’ agreements) on suitable Civil Liberties cases.

Please contact our Civil Ligation Department on 0207 613 4300 or email us at for details on CFAs and whether such a funding arrangement would be suitable for your case.

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"I recently had a housing problem and was recommended to this firm by a friend. I found that they were quick to identify the issues at hand and put my fears at ease. They were also able to explain things in a transparent manner without all of the legal terminology. Their fees were quite reasonable and due to the overall service I received I am also thinking of using them to again to prepare a will."

 - Kass903
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