THE BILLING OF CRIMINAL LEGAL AID – CROWN COURT WORK – LITIGATORS AND ADVOCATES – FRIDAY 30TH DECEMBER 2022 – 16:00 – 17.00: - COST - £60 (INCLUSIVE OF VAT)
WE APPRECIATE YOUR OFFICE MAY BE CLOSED – ATTENDANCE ON THE DAY IS NOT ESSENTIAL!
DO YOU HAVE THAT NAGGING FEELING THAT YOU MAY BE UNDER-CLAIMING???
During this 1-hour ZOOM presentation Colin Beaumont will bring you up to speed with the things that you may claim for when billing your Crown Court work.
The relevant Statutory Instruments will be part of the notes, as will the very latest Crown Court Fee Guidance Document published by the Legal Aid Agency
HAVE A LOOK AT THE 20 BILLING QUESTIONS BELOW AND SEE WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE THE ANSWERS AT YOUR FINGER-TIPS!
JUST THINK OF IT AS A PUB QUIZ FOR LAWYERS!
DON’T WORRY IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND THE ACTUAL PRESENTATION (OR NEVER INTENDED TO ATTEND) – YOU WILL STILL GET THE NOTES AND THE RECORDING WHICH YOU CAN SAVE TO A DEVICE OR WATCH AT YOUR LEISURE ON OUR YouTube CHANNEL
Anyone wishing to attend the session (or wishing to have the full set of notes and the recording afterwards without ever attending) should simply click here: mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org or ring me (or send me a text) – (07887) 842985 and book a place.
The following 20 Questions will be considered:
1 – What are the 3 different ways in which 99.9% of cases ARRIVE at the Crown Court and how does the way in which the case ARRIVED at the Crown Court affect the Fee of both the Litigator and the Advocate?
2 – How did the 3 important Statutory Instruments published this year – SI 2022 No. 848 – SI 2022 No. 1035 and SI 2022 No. 1267 affect the Fees in so far as increases for both Litigators and Advocates?
3 – What is still acknowledged to be the leading case concerning the issue of whether or not your claim as Litigator is based upon a page count (PPE) where the evidence has been served in an electronic format i.e. a disc or memory stick, and, perhaps more importantly, what did it decide?
4 – The client has been COMMITTED FOR SENTENCE to the Crown Court – in what circumstances does this result in a Fixed Fee payment for the Advocate and in what circumstances might the Advocate be entitled to put in a claim for discretionary hourly rates to the Criminal Cases Unit?
5 – In what circumstances may both the Litigator and the Advocate put in a claim at hourly rates for SPECIAL PREPARATION?
6 – How is the claim for PPE wearing your hat as Litigator very different from the claim that you may put in for PPE wearing your hat as an Advocate?
7 – Can you wear both hats in the same case i.e. can you put in a claim as Litigator and put in a separate claim as Advocate?
8 – The client has pleaded guilty in the Magistrate’s Court and been COMMITTED FOR SENTENCE – at the Crown Court the Judge decides that the case warrants a Newton Hearing – in the event of the Newton Hearing going ahead, how are you paid for the Newton Hearing as Litigator and how are you paid for the Newton Hearing as Advocate?
9 – How do you decide how many Cases you have, either as Litigator or Advocate, at the Crown Court when you come to put in your claim?
10 – How do you know, as Litigator, whether you have one continuous Trial or a Trial and a Re-trial?
11 – How do you calculate your fee as an Advocate if you were the Advocate at the first Trial and then the same Advocate at the Re-trial?
12 – What is the precise definition of a Cracked Trial whereby you may claim, both as Litigator and Advocate, a Cracked Trial Fee as opposed to a Guilty Plea Fee?
13 – How do you go about appealing to a Costs Judge where you are unhappy with the Fee as decided upon by the Legal Aid Agency?
14 – The Judge has directed that there be a PREPARATORY HEARING under Section 29 of the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 – is the first day of the PREPARATORY HEARING effectively the first day of Trial for both the Litigator and the Advocate?
15 – The Trial Cracks on the first day after the PTPH – can the Advocate claim a 1-day Trial Fee in such circumstances?
16 – As you know, there are some cases where the Offence Class might change because of an additional factor such as where a Restriction Order is made under Section 41 of the Mental Health Act 1983 – would this result in a higher fee for both the Litigator and the Advocate in the case?
17 – In what circumstances are you paid a Fixed Fee, as Litigator or Advocate, for unused material in a Crown Court case and in what circumstances are you paid an hourly rate, as Litigator or Advocate for perusing unused material?
18 – In what circumstances are UPLIFTS available in a Crown Court case when billing the case as Litigator or billing the case as Advocate?
19 – How are Litigators and Advocates paid when dealing with Proceeds of Crime (POCA) matters at the Crown Court?
20 – Where will you find some really useful Case-law concerning what is and what is not PPE according to the Legal Aid Agency?
It will be a 1- hour live and interactive session conducted via ZOOM. There is absolutely no requirement for any attendee to have purchased ZOOM. We just send you an email and you click on the link. It could not be simpler.
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Invoices will be sent after the presentation and our normal terms of business apply i.e. PAYMENT WITHIN 14 DAYS – the cost for each person attending or purchasing the recording is £60 (inclusive of VAT) – if you have attended the presentation there will be no additional charge for a copy of the recording