PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE   RATES  
                 
 
 
  RATES


 

Fees for Crown Court and appellate court advocacy in cases in which a Legal Aid Agency Representation Order has been granted

In accordance with general practice David Wolchover bills the Legal Aid Agency for work defending lay clients in the Crown Court under the Advocates Graduate Fees Scheme, and therefore no question of negotiation of fees with clients will arise. Similarly publicly funded advocacy in the Court of Appeal is billed directly to the appropriate court department.

Fees for private paid work defending in Crown Courts and appellate tribunal, for both advocacy and advice.

Crown Court trials
Fees for conducting defence cases in Crown Court trials are dependent entirely upon weight and complexity of the case and the level of seniority and expertise of Counsel instructed. Fees should be discussed and negotiated via instructing solicitors. An initial conference may be necessary to allow David Wolchover to determine the work involved and provide a realistic estimate.

Fixed fees
For cases involving fixed fees for specific types of hearing these will normally be negotiated in advance of receiving instructions. For solicitors seeking to instruct David Wolchover a guide to his fees follows but it should be strictly understood that these are guidelines only and he will be pleased to discuss specific fees on an ad hoc basis. An estimate of costs would be provided in advance of undertaking any work. If it is not possible to estimate the final figure that will be charged for a specific item of work, an indication will be given as to the basis any fees e.g. an hourly rate, capped fees, paperwork rates, preparatory/advocacy rates which will not be exceeded without further discussion with the client. Any estimate given may require further discussion with those that instruct counsel to reach agreeable terms.

Conferences
150 - 300 per hour

Written Advice in criminal matters
150 - 500 per hour

Appeals against Conviction (Crown Court)
550 – 3000 – Full day

Appeals against Sentence (Crown Court)
300 – 750 – Half day

Committal for Sentence (Crown Court)
300 – 700

Fees for publicly funded work defending in Magistrates’ Court, for both advocacy and advice.

These will be negotiated in advance of receiving instructions but negotiation will be subject to normal criteria for the assessment of reasonable remuneration, taking into account hearing, waiting conference and travel duration times. As in the case of privately funded work in the Crown Court, an estimate of costs would be provided in advance of undertaking any work. If it is not possible to estimate the final figure that will be charged for a specific item of work, an indication will be given as to the basis any fees e.g. an hourly rate, capped fees, paperwork rates, preparatory/advocacy rates which will not be exceeded without further discussion with the client. Any estimate given may require further discussion with those that instruct counsel to reach agreeable terms.

Fees for privately paid work defending in Magistrates’ Court, for both advocacy and advice

These will be negotiated in advance of receiving instructions. For solicitors seeking to instruct him a guide to his fees follows but it should be strictly understood that these are guidelines only and he will be pleased to discuss specific fees on an ad hoc basis. An estimate of costs would be provided in advance of undertaking any work. If it is not possible to estimate the final figure that will be charged for a specific item of work, an indication will be given as to the basis any fees e.g. an hourly rate, capped fees, paperwork rates, preparatory/advocacy rates which will not be exceeded without further discussion with the client. Any estimate given may require further discussion with those that instruct counsel to reach agreeable terms.

Plea/Special Reasons or Exceptional Hardship/First Appearance
250 – 2500

Trial in the Magistrates’ Court
250 – 750 (half day) 400 – 1,100 (full day)

Refreshers (From day 2 onwards)
250 – 600

Conferences and written work
150 - 500 per hour

VAT

VAT applies to fees charged in all cases unless an exemption applies and evidence is provided from the client as to why VAT is not applicable.



     
 

David’s professional address:
Ridgeway Chambers

General Council of the Bar of England and Wales Chambers Number 6473, 4 & 6 The Ridgeway - Golders Green - London - NW11 8TB - United Kingdom




 
Contact
David Wolchover's e-mail address is:
davidwolchover@gmail.com
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+44 (0)20 8455 2939
+44 (0)7877 817138
 
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