Effective & Profitable Billing for Police Station & Magistrates' Work - A One Hour Guide
This webinar will be of relevance to anyone responsible for the billing of work and all those involved in criminal legal aid who want to learn how to make the best decisions in order to maximise fee income.
Consideration will be given to the 2017 ‘Litigators Graduated Fees Scheme’ together with the Criminal Legal Aid Regulations.
What You Will Learn
This webinar will cover the following:
- The fees currently claimable for police station work
- The importance of Part 9 of the Standard Crime Contract Specification document when billing police station work - with effect from 1st April 2017
- The client has just been charged with an offence and has now been arrested at the police station for another offence - 1 or 2 fees?
- No further action on the first matter and the client is bailed to attend on another matter and we make that second attendance - 1 or 2 fees?
- The client is released pending further investigation/further enquiries - invited back to the police station 9 months later for a further interview - 1 or 2 fees?
- The client is released pending further investigation/further enquiries - for how long must we wait before we can bill this police station case?
- What happens to the fee when you have done more than 3 times its value?
- Representing more than one client at the police station - what about the fees?
- The effect upon the fees if you have to withdraw through conflict and the stage at which you have to withdraw
- Advising clients at the police station when no fixed fee is payable
- The circumstances in which you may claim both a police station fixed fee and a fee using forms CRM 1 and 2 whilst the matter is still at the investigation stage
- New forms for claiming Defendants costs orders - September 2017
- Lower standard fees and higher standard fees in the Magistrates’ Court and what you have to do in order to claim the higher standard fee
- The circumstances in which we can claim something other than a standard fee
- What happens to the fee if Counsel is un-assigned under the Representation Order?
- The circumstances in which waiting and travel time may be claimable on a Magistrates’ Court case
- Are there any circumstances in which you may claim hourly rates with a 100% enhancement on the hourly rate or even a 200% enhancement on the hourly rate?
- The case has not concluded in the Magistrates’ Court and the client absconds - what fee is claimable?
- The advice you must give to any client who does not want you to apply for a Representation Order or who fails on the grounds of means
- What does your contract say about the definition of a case?
- The circumstances in which the Court might grant a ‘Certificate for Counsel’ and the effect upon your fee