Lumb and Macgill Solicitors provide legal advice and representation to both legally aided and private paying clients.
We are contracted with the Legal aid Agency to provide Criminal Defence Services and as such, the costs of assisting you with your case are paid through public funds. This covers ALL advice provided at the police station up to the point that you are either released from the investigation entirely or have to appear in Court.
In the Magistrates Court, you may be entitled to legal aid subject to a means and merits test. The Court has to be satisfied that it is in ‘the interests of justice’ that you are represented by a solicitor and if your disposable income exceeds the limit then you may not qualify for legal aid. In this circumstance, if you want to instruct a Solicitor, you may have to pay privately. We are happy to discuss this with you further should that circumstance arise.
You will automatically qualify for legally-aided representation provided your disposable household income does not exceed the £37,500 limit. Depending upon your means, you may be required to pay a financial contribution, should such a situation arise we are happy to discuss private fee arrangements.