We understand that legal fees need to be reasonable, clear and, if at all possible, fixed in advance. For the majority of cases, we can agree a fee once we know a few basic facts about it.
For example, for a case which is leading towards a 2 to 3 day trial or hearing, we can offer fees on a sliding scale. If you want one of our QCs to represent you, it may cost in the region of £15,000, but fees will be lower for more junior barristers, perhaps between around £9,500 and £4,200, going down to around £2,500 if the case is suitable for a newly qualified barrister.
By way of another example, if you are pleading guilty to an offence in a magistrates’ court, fees are likely to range from around £6,000 for one of our QCs, down to £600 for a barrister with 1 to 3 years experience.
You may need a written Advice on a particular issue, or a one-off appearance at a specific hearing, in which case, again, we should be able to agree a fee in advance. However, if we cannot settle exact fees in advance, perhaps because the extent of the evidence in your case is not yet clear, we will ensure that there are no nasty surprises. We will give you some idea of hourly or daily rates, and agree fees in stages, so that tasks are not undertaken until you know what you are paying for.
You may be entitled to Legal Aid if you are facing criminal proceedings. If you successfully apply for Legal Aid, you will need to work with a solicitor as your main contact point. However, your solicitor may then instruct a barrister to represent you at court, and many of our barristers are able to work with you and your solicitor on Legal Aid cases.
If you are facing serious criminal charges, and would like to know whether one of our barristers can work with you and a solicitor on Legal Aid, please call our clerks to discuss your case.
We can respond 24 hours a day 7 days a week, if someone is at a police station under arrest for a serious crime. Please call on our usual number at any time.
Please call us straight away if you, or someone you know, has been arrested for a serious crime, but they have not yet been to court. It is the perfect time to make sure you get the best legal representation from the start and throughout your case.