For our private Fixed Fees for IMMIGRATION please click here and for our Legal Aid for IMMIGRATION services please click here . For our private fees for all other services please see below on this page.
Police Station Representation Fees
You are entitled to free legal advice if you are in custody in a Police Station, even if you are working. Free advice also applies if you have been asked to come in for a pre-arranged interview with an investigating officer from Customs & Excise.
You should be asked by the Custody Sergeant if you have a preferred firm of Solicitors or if you wish to speak to the Duty solicitor.
You have the legal right to choose your own representation and should ask to speak to AGI Criminal Solicitors. The Police MUST inform us that you have been arrested if you ask for us at the Police Station. You are also able to speak to us on the telephone free of charge where we can advise you on the best course of action.
We can be at any Police Station within 45 minutes – 1 hour. Ask the Custody Sergeant to contact Criminal Defence Solicitors on 0161 226 2070.
Magistrates Court Fees
To be granted Legal Aid in the Magistrates Courts, you need to pass two tests. These are called ‘the interests of justice’ and ‘the means test’
– You might lose your job
– You might go to Prison
– You find it difficult to understand the court proceedings because of language issues or mental health.
The second part of the process is the ‘means test’. This test looks at your disposable income. If you are under 18 and in full time education or you get Income Support, Jobseekers allowance or a State Pension you should qualify.
If you are working you may still qualify depending on how much disposable income you have.
– Your disposable income should not exceed £283.00 per month.
For more information on how disposable income is calculated call our specialist team on 0161 226 2070.
We will always be transparent with our costs from the outset and want to ensure that we provide the very best service at the most competitive rates and if you are not eligible for legal aid, we can offer a range of private rate packages to suit you from Hourly Rates to Fixed Fees. We appreciate that every person and every case is different, and we will work with you to understand your needs and expectations.
1 HOURLY RATE
This service will allow you decide on choosing the level of solicitor (Ranging from a solicitor with over 30 years’ experience to a solicitor with 2 years’ experience) that you would like to represent you. Your chosen solicitor will have the requisite experience in the type of case that you have instructed this firm on and will attend all court hearings or other appointments and will be your single point of contact within the firm. You will be assured by the fact that you will always deal with the same individual. The hourly rate service ensures that you only pay for what service you receive and nothing more. We will provide you with a quotation before any work starts and you will receive regular statements setting out work done and costs to date. Fees for cases can range between £500 to £5000 excluding disbursements such as experts’ reports, travel, and mileage.
2 FIXED FEE
Some of our clients prefer to pay a Fixed Fee and for that reason that we offer a fixed fee service, meaning that you will know price you have been quoted is the price you will pay. This will offer you certainty from the outset. We can also offer a fixed fee for stages in a case or for the entirety of a case and will discuss these options with you. Fees for cases can range between £500 to £5000 excluding disbursements such as experts’ reports, travel and mileage.
All of our fees attract VAT at 20% and all disbursements will attract fees at 20%.
Private client charging rates per hour
Please note that our private fees (whether Fixed Fees or Hourly Rates) do not include any disbursement (payments to third parties) such as barrister’s fees, expert’s fees or court fees.
|Solicitor’s and FILEx Level of Experience
||Hourly Rate (excl. VAT)
|10 Years plus
|Trainees and Paralegals
|Travel to Court or Prison…etc.
||65p per mile or the cost of train fare
|Fixed Fees are agreed by negotiations, please ask us if you prefer a Fixed Fee.
We can advise you as to whether legal aid is available, whether it is suitable for your case and whether we are prepared to undertake your case on a publicly funded basis.
There are limits to what legal aid will cover, for example, legal aid is not available during the criminal investigation stage save for the actual attendance at an interview under caution. It does not cover crucial areas such as preparation for the interview or work undertaken following the interview. This is arguably the most important stage of a case.
In some cases, it may not be economically viable for us to conduct your case on a legally aided basis.
Recovering your costs:
Where we successfully defend your case at court we will seek to recover your costs by way of a defendant cost order. A defendant cost order should be awarded unless there are clear reasons for not doing so. Once the court has made a defendant costs order, your file will then need to be submitted to the National Taxation Team who will decide what proportion of your costs will be refunded to you.
Pay as you go (other than IMMIGRATION Services)
If you prefer to pay as work is completed we are able to give you a detailed breakdown of costs and payment dates.