Legal Aid & Private Funding

Legal Aid

Legal Aid can give you financial help to obtain the expert advice you need.

Anyone can apply for Legal Aid, but whether you qualify depends on your financial position. Even if you own your own home and have some savings in the bank, you could still get Legal Aid.

We can obtain legal aid for you to get representation in court.

Contact us to determine whether you are eligible for Legal Aid.

Visit the Scottish Legal Aid Board Website for further details.

Private Funding

If you want to pay for our services on a private basis, then we would be happy to provide you with an up-to-date list of our current charges.

We will provide you with an estimate of our likely costs, and you will provide us with funds for all or an agreed proportion of this sum before we undertake any work on your behalf.

When we reach the agreed cost limit we will send you a detailed bill. If necessary, we will ask for additional funds before taking any further action.

Our computerised case management system will automatically track the progress of your case and therefore provide you with regular and accurate costs summary, allowing you to budget for your case

At times some clients will request a fixed block fee rather than an hourly rate, in order that arrangements can be made for the duration of the case.

Many are increasingly choosing to opt for private funding in order that the best legal team can be put together to defend your case, where funds are not an issue.

Whatever your financial circumstances we will discuss matters with you to ascertain what is the best option for you.

When you request to pay privately for your defence, you will receive an exclusive service from our specialist lawyers. One of the priorities will be to provide you with continuity of service. You will be put in touch with a dedicated lawyer, who will act as your point of contact from start to finish.

Legal Expenses Cover or Professional Cover

Many household contents and motor insurers provide for the payment of your own and the other side’s legal costs. Even though the company is funding your case, our principle duty is to you. We would be happy to consider your policy documents and advise you on whether you can take advantage of such an arrangement.

If you have professional indemnity insurance, are a member of a union or work in certain professions such as the Police or Social work then you may have legal expenses attached to your policy or legal expenses insurance paid for your employer or insurance provider.

We regularly work with insurance bodies or professional bodies such as the Police Federation and we will negotiate with them about costs and handle your case for you. It is often best to instruct specialists in criminal law like ourselves rather than someone automatically selected for you by your policy.

Individual Attention

We take time and care to understand your particular circumstances. Your defence team will take as long as you need to help you make the right choices, and deal with your situation with discretion and care.

Service after hours

Life doesn’t stop because you’ve been charged with a crime. You’ve still got a busy schedule to maintain. We can fit around you, arranging meetings at short notice, or after hours if required.

As a private criminal defence client you will be provided with your lawyer’s mobile number so you can be in direct contact with your lawyer at a time convenient to you.

We run an extensive private practice at competitive hourly rates and have represented many professional people in cases with serious career implications.

If you want the best possible criminal defence advice and you’d like us to fight your corner call us immediately for a confidential, no-obligation discussion.