Crown Court Billing in 2019 - An Update for Criminal Litigators & Advocates
The billing of advocates' work is a little complex at the moment because there are 2 separate schemes and 3 different rates of remuneration dependent upon the date upon which the decision was made that the offender qualified for legal aid. It is very important that you are aware of the most up-to-date position in relation to all aspects of the billing of Crown Court work.
This webinar will be of enormous benefit to anyone involved in the billing of Crown Court work. It will also appeal to those who, whilst not actually doing the billing themselves, want to know how the billing system works. It may be that you have overall responsibility for the Crown Court section and don’t actually know the ins and outs of it all. It will also be of benefit to those people at the sharp end actually appearing in Court. Decisions made there by both counsel and solicitors with higher rights may have a drastic effect upon the amount of the claim.
What You Will Learn
This webinar will cover the following:
- Any full ‘compare and contrast’ of the former scheme for the billing of advocates work and the current scheme
- Examples of where the advocate benefits under the new scheme and examples of where the advocate loses out
- The role of PPE in the new scheme for the billing of advocates work
- An analysis of the fees that you can claim for Crown Court work (litigators) where the determination was made on or after 31 March 2016
- An analysis of the fees that you can claim for Crown Court work (advocates) where the determination was made on or after 1 April 2013 and prior to 1 April 2018
- An analysis of the fees that you can claim for Crown Court work (advocates) where the determination was made on or after 1 April 2018 up until 30 December 2018
- An analysis of the fees that you can claim for Crown Court work (advocates) where the determination was made on or after 31 December 2018 to date
- Fixed fees for both litigators and advocates
- The importance of how the case arrived at the Crown Court - Sent? - Committed? - Appeal?
- How many ‘cases’ have you got when you come to bill the matter(s)
- Additional fees claimable by the advocate from the Criminal Cases Unit (formally the NTT)
- POCA claims at hourly rates from the Criminal Cases Unit
- Digital claiming in relation to POCA
- The definition of a ‘trial’ - important case-law in this area
- Getting the offence ‘classification’ right
- Learn how to work out the litigators fee from tables within 60 seconds
- Learn how to work out the advocates fee from tables within 60 seconds
- Newton Hearings and the payments for them - the Guidance seems to be different dependent upon whether you are litigator or advocate
- Private paying clients in the Crown Court - let’s get the advice right
- Special Prep or PPE - Evidence served in a digital format
- The importance of ‘Indictments’
- The very latest Crown Court Fee Guidance document published by the Legal Aid Agency
- Getting your advice right following the new Guidance on credit for an early indication of guilt - of relevance for all cases where the first hearing was on or after 1 June 2017
This pre-recorded webinar will be streamed at 12:30pm on Monday 20th May 2019 and will remain available to view by delegates who have registered by then for 90 days.