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.