Fees & Funding
The Legal Aid Agency have contracted with LHD Solicitors Ltd to carry out all areas of criminal defence work. In many cases this representation will be free of charge.
Police Station Representation
The Legal Aid Agency contract enables us to deal with cases at the police station free of charge. Contact us on our 24 hour emergency number 07983 373553 or during office hours on 01524 846024.
You may be entitled to free legal aid representation in the Magistrates Court. We will help you make an application, which is means tested. If you do not qualify for legal aid, we can represent you on a fee-paying basis. Our rates are competitive and, in some cases, we may be able to represent you for an agreed fee.
If your case is heard at the Crown Court you may qualify for legal aid. This is a more complex application which will require details of your finances and assets. This will all be explained to you if your case reaches this stage.
Please note these are guide prices
Our estimated fees are determined on a case-by-case basis, dependent upon the number of hearings and complexities of the case. Our charges do not include additional disbursements, such as travel costs and expert fees. All fees will incur VAT at 20%.
Written representations/advice during an hour appointment – £300.00 – £500.00
Guilty Plea (Representation at Court): £500.00 – £600.00
Guilty Plea (involving one of the following): £700.00 – £1000.00
- Special Reason Hearing
- Exceptional Hardship Application
- Totting up Penalty Points
Not Guilty Plea and Trial: £1000.00 – £2000.00
Fees for other offences will be based on the amount of preparation, the number of hearings and complexities of the case. The hourly rates for Solicitors and other staff, e.g. legal clerks, are available on request. Disbursements, including travel costs, and expert fees will be in addition to our costs. All fees will incur VAT at 20%.