While we always try to offer representation under the Legal Aid funding system, there are some situations where this is not an option. Sometimes it is because the Court determines that the allegation is not serious enough to justify a publicly-funded solicitor, even though the effect of the case for you could be significant. More commonly, you may be refused Legal Aid if you earn over a certain threshold as the Courts will draw the conclusion that you can afford to pay for representation yourself.
At Stephen Lickrish & Associates, we understand that you have enough to worry about when facing a criminal allegation without having additional concerns about finances too. You want and need the best representation available, without worrying about whether you are getting good value. Therefore we try to offer you the most convenient ways to fund your case, including:
Free Initial Consultation – either by telephone or at our offices,
Fixed Fees – clearly explained based on our standard hourly rates, the amount of work we anticipate will be needed to prepare your case, and any additional expenses that may be required (such as expert reports if appropriate)
- Agreed Hourly Rate – due to the complexity and individual circumstances of your case we will asses your case and provide an option on an hour by hour basis. For complete transparency we will provide information as to the likely overall cost of and you will be regularly updated as to these costs.
- Legal Expense Insurance – We will discuss the possibility of funding you case through a legal expense insurance policy. Legal Expense insurance is often included as part of a household, travel, or a motor insurance policy, and even some financial products. Most policies cover legal fees and disbursements. We can take you through this option if it is available.
Even cases in the Crown Court can sometimes be more cost effective if you fund your case privately. The Legal Aid system now requires certain people with high incomes to contribute to the cost of their defence, with a number of monthly contributions being required. In cases like this, we can sometimes offer more competitive prices to fund your defence.
In many cases, we are able to apply for the recovery of your costs after successfully defending your case. This means that we can apply to the Court for our costs to be paid from Central Government Funds, and can then refund the money you have already paid to us.
If you have been accused of a criminal offence, and would like a free initial discussion with one of our solicitors about the services we offer, contact us to see how we can help you.