How much will it cost?

The crime teams at Forbes act for private individuals and corporate clients. We act in both privately and publicly funded matters and all offices are franchised by the Legal Services Commission.

As an individual, depending upon the nature of the circumstances of the case, "legal aid" by way of a representation order in the Magistrates Court and Crown Court may be available to you. In the Magistrates Court this is means tested and relies upon not only satisfying certain financial criteria but also showing that the circumstances of the case itself warrants the award of legal aid. Proceedings before the Crown Court generally qualify for non-means tested legal aid but, depending on a Defendant's ability to pay may result in a contribution to costs being ordered at the conclusion of the case.

If legal aid is not available, and you then chose to instruct us on a private funded basis, you will be advised of the likely cost to be incurred at the outset with regular updates as to the level of fees incurred and you may feel it appropriate to settle the fees on an agreed interim basis as they arise.

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