Any person who is arrested and taken to a police station, will automatically qualify for free legal advice. There is a Government scheme whereby a “Duty Solicitor” is available on 24 hours a day call-out to a police station. Anyone choosing to call their own solicitor, rather than use the duty solicitor, may still be covered, as long as their solicitor works within a firm that has a legal aid franchise. The Government will pay his fees and if the matter stops there, you will have no fees to pay.
If a criminal solicitor does work for a client that is not covered by any form of Government funding, then the client will be responsible for paying the fees for that work directly to the solicitor.
Most solicitors calculate their private fees on the basis of time spent on a case. The current hourly rate for partners is anywhere from £100 to £180 and for other solicitors in our criminal department it can be from £50 to £150 per hour. You can visit http://www.whichcriminallawyer.co.uk/20 ... and-costs/
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