Costs

At the police station, assistance provided by Kernowlaw to a supect of a police investigation is automatically free-of-charge. Funding is provided by the Legal Aid Agency out of public money and is not based on income or means.

 

 

In the magistrates' and crown courts, representation for a defendant is eligible for funding by the Legal Aid Agency but is subject to both means-testing and an interests-of-justice test. In the Crown court, if granted, it can be made subject to a requirement for a contribution to the funding, depending on the level of means available. Kernowlaw will be happy to assist you with making the necessary application as well as discuss alternative options if it is unsuccessful.

 

 

For military law matters, both investigation interviews and courts martial, funding by Legal Aid Agency is available on a similar basis to standard criminal defence advice and assistance.

 

 

Motoring and road traffic matters are generally not eligible for Legal Aid Agency funding and have to be paid for privately. For this, Kernowlaw charges at an hourly rate. Our solicitors are both Grade A solicitors with well over 8 years post qualification experience and our rate is £295.00 per hour. It is impossible to predict how much work will be required for each matter as there are always unforeseen variables such as waiting for delayed hearings or even adjourned hearings after a long delay. An average for a straightforward matter is between 3 to 4 hours of work at our local courts. Time spent dealing with your matter usually consists of meeting with you and others, considering documents and information, working on papers, preparing, advocacy at hearings, correspondence, telephone calls, travel and waiting. In certain circumstances, we may be able to discuss a fixed-fee arrangement with you. Disbursements are additional to our costs and include mileage for travelling and any third parties instructed to assist with your matter. Our costs are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate.