You do not need to be a celebrity to afford our fees. In fact, in addition to wishing to keep a low this is often amongst the reason why many celebrities choose to use us as opposed to other more expensive competitors. We pride ourselves on offering a "Rolls Royce" service, but without the designer price tag!
We also offer a "Premium Gold Package" to clients who require round the clock care. This package is available by invitation only. For more details please click on the link at the side of this page.
Our pricing structure is variable for a number of reasons, however and you should call us for a more accurate quote of the costs that would be likely in your case. When you call with your initial enquiry we will indicate the likely level of fees based on the following factors:
Please Note: We are currently in the process of changing our pricing structures and should be updated shortly. If you would require a price then please contact us.
The Seniority of the Lawyer who conducts your case
We charge by the hour and the hourly rates vary depending on the experience and seniority of the lawyer with conduct of your case.
The facts of your case and the evidence gathering process
If there are many witnesses to support your defence, whilst this may strengthen your case it is also likely to increase the level of the fees you will be asked to pay as taking 10 statements will involve more time on our part than if we only take 1 or 2 statements.
Many cases we deal with involve medical defences. If we have to instruct a medical expert, we will have to pay them for their report and attendance at court (Although attendance charges can usually be claimed from the court by the expert.)
Location of the case
Our main office is in Manchester although we offer a nationwide service. Our fees are structured to take into account your location and the location of the court as we will charge for our travel time in attending court. We are mindful of keeping your costs to a minimum and will do what we can to keep within the fee bracket we suggest at the outset.
With the exception of guilty plea and early removal of a ban cases, we are unable to offer fixed fees to our clients. This is because we can often anticipate the direction of a case at the outset but it can go in a completely different direction and frequently does. The most common reason for our requiring additional fees from a client is where a case is adjourned on a trial date. This can be due to lack of court time or due to a request for an adjournment from the prosecution. Please be assured, however, we know that our clients want certainty about our charges and we aim to provide this within the limitations of what we anticipate will be involved in your case.
Defendant’s Costs Order
The primary objective for most clients is to achieve an acquittal or damage limitation. However, if acquitted of an offence, you are likely to be entitled to an order from the court that your costs be assessed and paid from the Court’s central funds.
If you plead or are found guilty, you will be responsible for payment of your own legal fees which are not refundable along with prosecution costs (Usually less than £500) and possibly also fined in addition to receiving other penalties.
If you are found not guilty after a trial or if the prosecution discontinue their case against you, you will usually be entitled to an order from the court that your costs be "taxed" and paid from the Court Central Funds.
This does not automatically entitle you to a full refund of fees. However, this should result in most, if not all of the costs paid by or due from you being returned to you. This is subject to the amount allowed by the Court being the amount claimed by us. There is little uniformity across the courts and they each have differing views to the reasonableness of our bills when submitted. The attitude of the court to the bills submitted is also something which changes over time. If your bill is not paid in full by the Court, we would prepare representations to argue for a full recovery of costs. However, if such representations do not succeed, it would be open to you to seek a judicial review of the assessment of costs.
You should be aware that in certain circumstances, you might be eligible for legal aid to either cover or contribute to part of the costs of your case. Broadly, it may be available in cases where the defendant is likely to lose his/her liberty, livelihood or reputation, where the witness evidence meets certain specific criteria, where the defendant will not be able to understand the proceedings or where there is a substantial question of law involved.
We at Geoffrey Miller Solicitors do not provide our services in relation to publicly funded cases. We urge you to contact the CLS Board for details of a legal aid lawyer in your area.
No Win No Fee
We are sometimes asked if we will deal with cases on a “No Win No Fee” basis. It is unlawful for any criminal case to be funded on this basis and so we can not offer this type of arrangement. We can, however, offer payment plans to suit you and we are able to accept payments by credit card (at no extra cost to you) or by cheque.*
*It is always a condition of our representation that payment of outstanding invoices rendered is made before a final hearing date and we will not, under any circumstances, defer payment of such invoices.
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