Having a criminal conviction can be a life-changing event often resulting in loss of liberty, reputation and career prospects for a whole life time. If you are facing a criminal charge it is crucial to have an expert barrister to advise and represent you through the case. Open Counsel has experience in representing in the magistrates courts and crown courts throughout the UK. Representation from an expert barrister at Open Counsel can be provided for bail applications, plea and case management hearings, first appointments, sentencing, trials and appeals. We have a transparent and clear fee structure which allows you to instruct an expert barrister an an affordable price.
£75 - If you are unsure about your legal position, want advice on the merits of your case or an opinion on what next steps to take we recommend that you book a consultation. In this consultation you are guaranteed a minimum of 30 minutes of advice directly from an expert barrister. Often this advice will provide you with everything you need to continue alone. Alternatively, at the end of your conference you may request a quote from your barrister on completing any further advice, drafting or representation for your case
Criminal Law matters are highly sensitive and require real expertise to maximise prospects of success. Cases will either be heard in the magistrates or crown court.
The vast majority of criminal cases are heard at the magistrates court. Cases can range from anything from a speeding ticket to more serious offences such as burglary. Due to the speed with which these cases are dealt with Defendants are often left without a proper opportunity to put their case across. Instructing a barrister can be the difference between being acquitted and being convicted.
£160/£80 per hour - Case preparation involves drafting witness statements, skeleton arguments, grounds of appeal, orders and communications with the opposition or courts. Case preparation is the most crucial aspect of victory in court. £160 will be charged for each hour a barrister is required to work on your case and £80 per hour a legal assistant is required. Open Counsel will inform you up-front how many hours will be required so that a fixed quote is provided before work begins
£350 – Your first hearing when charged will be a first appearance whereby the evidence against you is provided and you are expected to plead guilty or not guilty. Having a barrister can help you understand your rights, how strong the case is against you and what you might need to do to successfully defend the charge. If you are in prison and wish to be released then you must make a bail application. Having a barrister to represent your position can be the difference between imprisonment and liberty
£650 - Trials in the magistrates courts are often listed for half a day and involve examination and cross examination of the defendant and all witnesses giving evidence against them. Proper cross examination is a skill that barristers have particular expertise with which can unravel the prosecution case. A good barrister will enormously increase the chances of successfully defending a charge.
£1100 - More complicated offences will be listed for a full day and will often involve examination of multiple witnesses. Barristers are experts at the art of cross examination. Having a barrister protect your position and speak on your behalf can vastly increase your chances of successfully defending the charge against you.
Crown Courts Fees
The Crown Court is the venue for serious criminal offences. A conviction from the crown court will, at the very lest, strongly effect your career and social stability or potentially result in your imprisonment for years. Crown courts have jury members who determine your guilt and a persuasive and articulate barrister can enormously help to put your case across in an effective way. Cross examination is a barrister’s forte and can help reveal weaknesses in the prosecution case against you.
£200/£100 per hour - Case preparation involves drafting witness statements, skeleton arguments, grounds of appeal, orders and communications with the opposition or courts. Case preparation is the most crucial aspect of victory in court. £200 will be charged for each hour a barrister is required to work on your case and £80 per hour a legal assistant is required. Open Counsel will inform you up-front how many hours will be required so that a fixed quote is provided before work begins
£450 – At case management hearings important features of your case are discussed including the admissibility of evidence and the determination of witnesses. They are important for case strategy and a barrister can help to guide your plan at this stage. Bail applications can also be made to release the Defendant from imprisonment during the course of the case proceedings.
£900 – A half day trial will involve examination of prosecution witnesses, the Defendant and closing speeches to a jury. Having a barrister is critical to ensuring that your case is put forward in the best way possible.
£1500 – Cases in the crown court are often a full day or more and involve examination of several witnesses. A barrister is required to prepare for the case at length and use expert advocacy in order to maximise the potential for successful acquittal of a charge.
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