Legal Aid

CORONAVIRUS / COVID-19: We are able to import files electronically to enable our Legal Costs team to carry out work remotely. Please contact Esmer Aljkanovic for further information.

We are one of the few remaining firms that continue to place significant importance on offering legal costs services to legal aid Solicitors across the country. We have a team of knowledgeable and experienced Costs Lawyers and Draftsmen that are specifically tasked to deal with legal aid matters and are dedicated to providing a full costing service covering all aspects of legal aid.

As a firm of Solicitors, we have a deeper understanding of what is required to ensure your firm remains profitable – timing and cashflow are imperative. Our team of legal aid specialists will deal with your files efficiently and expeditiously, facilitating earlier payment from the Legal Aid Agency.

Our Legal Aid Services

We can assist legal aid Solicitors with the following:

  • CLAIM1/CLAIM1A and CLAIM2 forms
  • CCMS Bills
  • Court Bills of Costs to be recovered from the Legal Aid Agency
  • Court Bills of Costs to be recovered from the Paying Party
  • 6 Column Bills of Costs (legal aid Bills with an Inter Partes element)
  • High Cost Case Plans
  • Appeals against Legal Aid Agency assessments and rejections
  • Advocacy at assessment hearings
  • Post assessment claims and EX80 forms

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Given the serious implications that incorrectly drafted claims for costs can have on a firm’s Key Performance Indicators, it is important to be able to rely upon a knowledgeable and experienced team of legal aid costs experts. We will ensure that your claims for costs are prepared with a high degree of accuracy to ensure that your key performance indicators are not affected.

Our team of experienced Costs Lawyers and Draftsmen have forged an enviable reputation for assisting new clients in significantly reducing the number of rejected claims by ensuring that all claims meet the Legal Aid Agency’s submission requirements.

What We Can Offer You

We deal with all types of publicly funded matters, including private family, housing and care proceedings. Whether you require the preparation of a Bill of Costs, CCMS Bill or a High Cost Case Plan, you can rely on us to provide a comprehensive service geared towards maximising both your fee income and cashflow.

Our fees our extremely competitive and the time spent in preparing your claim for costs will be included in Bills of Costs so that it will be claimed back from the Legal Aid Agency or Paying Party.

We will ensure that all recoverable time is claimed (including estimated time where reasonable) and will proactively identify and justify the appropriate enhancement where applicable. Where deadlines are approaching, we are happy to accommodate requests for urgent assistance and to expedite the Bill preparation process.

All initial enquiries are completely free of charge, so please do not hesitate to call us. We will provide you with a price quotation and a choice of funding methods so get in touch today to speak to one of our legal costs experts.

Make a Free Enquiry

Call 0800 086 2929,
email info@elitelawsolicitors.co.uk, or complete our Free Online Enquiry Form to arrange a free, no-obligation discussion and let us explain your legal rights and options.

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Joanna Williams

Head of Department
Legal Costs

“Jo is an amazing fount of knowledge when it comes to the Legal Aid Agency and is always very helpful in preparing responses to various queries raised by the Legal Aid Agency.”

Kirti Patel, Partner, The Children’s Legal Practice

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