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At Paul Martin & Co. we can support the three major forms of funding criminal defence litigation.  These can be broadly summarised as :-

(a)  Public funding (known as legal aid).

(b)  Insurance Company funding, and

(c)  Private resource funding.

Public Funding (legal aid)

In cases that are publicly funded, we support and assist our clients in lodging the forms of application to secure public funding to include the relevant documents that will need to be produced to secure an authorisation for public funding of the defence by the Legal Services Commission on the client's behalf.

Attached to this page of the site are :-

(i)  A copy of the current forms of application for public funding which can be downloaded and completed for lodgement with the court.

(ii) A copy of the current Terms and Conditions of Paul Martin & Co. Solicitors.

Both these documents provide useful information on what would be required to secure public funding and the service that Paul Martin & Co. will thereafter provide. 

We make no distinction whatsoever in the service that we provide, whether a case be funded using legal aid or from private or insurance company resources.

In addition, as a Practice providing a publicly funded service, we are accredited for such purposes by the Legal Services Commission who adminster this scheme. 

We also have the special accreditation required to undertake what is known as Very High Cost Cases (VHCC).  These are cases where the nature of the allegations, due to the size, complexity, public or international interest, requires special funding of that case on the client's behalf.

In such cases, the Legal Services Commission enters into a specific contract with us to enable us to provide the required service in relation to the client's defence.

Insurance Company Funding / Private Resource Funding

In reality cases such as these separate in broadly similar terms.

Where our client has the benefit of a policy of insurance or wishes to fund his defence privately from his own resources or those of a third party, we can :-

(a)  Agree a fee globally at each stage of the case to include disbursements that will be incurred such as the fees of a defending barrister and or those of any required expert witness.  By agreeing the fees, the client knows from the outset the maximum amount that he will be required to pay in his defence to see the case through from effectively start to finish.

(b)  Alternatively, we can work on an agreed hourly rate to carry out what needs to be done as agreed with the client to secure his defence.

Again please see our attached Terms and Conditions for further information as to the basis of our being employed on your behalf.

If insurers are available to fund the cost of your defence, then we will agree with your insurers the cost of your defence.  In reality, in such cases, clients rarely have to provide additoinal funding from their own resources.

We have a proven track record of working with leading insurers to include Allianz, AON, AEG, Liverpool & Victoria and AGEAS to name but a few.

In cases where there is to be a contested trial and the case is funded by either an insurance company or from private resources, we at Paul Martin & Co. make every effort to try to ensure that, in the event of a not guilty verdict, the client can recover the costs that he has incurred in his defence.

Provided our client cannot be said to have brought the prosecution upon himself, we ensure that the rates we charge for representation, to include the cost of third parties, e.g. barristers and experts, are set throughout at the appropriate levels to ensure a maximum recovery of that outlay.

We do so by using the hourly charge rates indicated by the courts which set the appropriate hourly rate for the type of case using the services of the right calibre of people to keep costs to an effective minimum.

Again, if providing the service for insurers or privately, we will agree the same with you in full and confirm the same on an agreed written basis.

The appropriate basis for charging varies from case to case and all clients are always consulted and advised as to the appropriate course with all being confirmed in writing.

Again, please see our Terms and Conditions for further information.