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Defence Costs

On July 13, 2012, Posted by , In Legal costs,News,Private Crime, With No Comments

On 1 October 2012, the Government will limit the recovery of defence costs to the legal aid rates. Which means, when the CPS pursue a worthless prosecution and a privately paying defendant obtains an acquittal, he or she can only recover from the Government what the lawyer would have been…

Astonishing Cheek

On April 1, 2012, Posted by , In Legal costs,Totting-up, By , , With No Comments

Astonishing Cheek I represented a client today at the Crown Court. The history of this case shows how careful you have to be in choosing a lawyer. Here is the story: The client committed a series of minor traffic offences and a solicitor was instructed. The solicitor did not bother…

Recovery of legal costs if successful

On December 16, 2011, Posted by , In FAQ,Legal costs, By , , With No Comments

If successful in defending a case at the Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court, I will make an application for a Defendant’s Costs Order. The effect of the order is that all the legal costs are paid out of a Government fund.  In November 2011, two clients were granted such orders…