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2013 No. 2804

Legal Aid And Advice, England And Wales

The Criminal Defence Service (Very High Cost Cases) (Funding) Order 2013

Made

31st October 2013

Laid before Parliament

1st November 2013

Coming into force

2nd December 2013

The Lord Chancellor makes the following Order in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 14(3) and 25(8) and (8A) of the Access to Justice Act 1999(1).

Citation and commencement

1.  This Order may be cited as the Criminal Defence Service (Very High Cost Cases) (Funding) Order 2013 and comes into force on 2nd December 2013.

Application

2.  This Order applies in relation to fees for work undertaken on or after 2nd December 2013.

Amendment to paragraph 25 of Schedule 2 to the Criminal Defence Service (Funding) Order 2007

3.—(1) The Criminal Defence Service (Funding) Order 2007(2) is amended as follows.

(2) For the first two tables following paragraph 25 of Schedule 2 substitute—

Preparation (hourly rates)

Category 1

£

Category 2

£

Category 3

£

Category 4

£

Counsel
QC106.7583.3066.8566.85
Leading junior93.1073.1558.4558.45
Led junior66.8553.2045.5045.50
Junior alone73.1559.8551.8051.80
2nd led junior46.9037.1032.2032.20
Solicitor-advocate
Leading level A106.7583.3066.8566.85
Led level A93.1073.1558.4558.45
Leading level B93.1073.1558.4558.45
Led level B77.0063.3548.3048.30
Level A alone96.6080.5065.4565.45
Level B alone81.2069.6554.9554.95
Second advocate46.9037.1032.2032.20

Advocacy

Preliminary hearing

£

Half day

£

Full day

£

QC83.30175.00350.00
Leading junior63.35143.68287.00
Led junior42.7092.93185.85
Junior alone49.00105.00210.00
2nd led junior24.8547.2594.50
Noting junior21.3540.2580.50..

(3) Subject to paragraph (4), the amendments made by this article apply to work done pursuant to any Task List agreed between the litigator and the Lord Chancellor on or after 2nd December 2013.

(4) The amendments made by this article do not apply to work done in a case in which—

(a)the court has set a trial date before 2nd December 2013; and

(b)that trial date is on or before 31st March 2014.

(5) For the purpose of paragraph (4), any adjournment or postponement of a trial which takes place after the trial date is set must be disregarded.

(6) In this article, “Task List” has the meaning given in the contract made between the Commission(3) and members of the Very High Cost Case (Crime) Panel and dated 14th January 2008, as amended on 13th November 2008, 15th December 2008 and 5th May 2009(4).

Proceedings which are the subject of the contracts for members of the Very High Cost Case (Crime) Panel

4.—(1) Fees in a relevant case must be paid—

(a)in accordance with the terms of a contract referred to in paragraph (2); and

(b)at the rates set out for the appropriate category and level of representative set out in Schedule 1 to this Order.

(2) In this article, a relevant case means a case which is the subject of a contract made between the Commission and members of the Very High Cost Case (Crime) Panel and dated 14th January 2008, as amended on 13th November 2008, 15th December 2008 and 5th May 2009.

(3) In this article and Schedule 1, the “Very High Cost Case (Crime) Panel” means the panel set up by the Commission from which representatives were chosen to provide representation in Very High Cost Cases.

Proceedings which are the subject of a 2010 VHCC contract

5.—(1) Fees in a relevant case must be paid—

(a)in accordance with the terms of the 2010 VHCC contract; and

(b)at the rates set out for the appropriate category and level of representative set out in Schedule 2 to this Order.

(2) In this article, a relevant case means a case which is the subject of a 2010 VHCC contract;

(3) In this article and Schedule 2, “2010 VHCC contract” means the contract so named between the Commission and a provider of services consisting of representation in criminal proceedings(5).

Signed by authority of the Lord Chancellor

Shailesh Vara

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Ministry of Justice

31st October 2013

Article 4

SCHEDULE 1

PART 1Interpretation and Application

Interpretation

1.—(1) In this Schedule—

(a)“contract” means the contract made between the Commission and members of the Very High Cost Case (Crime) Panel and dated 14th January 2008, as amended on 13th November 2008, 15th December 2008 and 5th May 2009;

(b)a reference to a level is a reference to a level as described in the contract;

(c)a reference to a category is a reference to that category as described in the contract;

(d)the standard rates apply to work as described in the contract;

(e)the full day rate applies where the advocate is in court for more than 3.5 hours;

(f)the half day rate applies where the advocate is in court—

(i)at trial for 3.5 hours or less; or

(ii)for any hearing lasting for more than 2 hours, other than a trial, to which the full day rate does not apply; and

(g)the preliminary hearing rate applies where a hearing, other than a trial, lasts two hours or less.

(2) In Table 2, a reference to a junior includes a solicitor-advocate.

Application

2.—(1) Part 2 of this Schedule applies to work done pursuant to any Task List agreed between a member of the Very High Cost Case (Crime) Panel and the Lord Chancellor before 2nd December 2013.

(2) Subject to sub-paragraph (3), Part 3 of this Schedule applies to work done pursuant to any Task List agreed between a member of the Very High Cost Case (Crime) Panel and the Lord Chancellor on or after 2nd December 2013.

(3) Part 2 of the Schedule applies to work done in a case in which—

(a)the court has set a trial date before 2nd December 2013; and

(b)that trial date is on or before 31st March 2014.

(4) For the purpose of sub-paragraph (3), any adjournment or postponement of a trial which takes place after the trial date is set must be disregarded.

(5) In this paragraph, “Task List” has the meaning given in the contract.

PART 2

Table 1

Preparation (hourly rates)

Category 1

£

Category 2

£

Category 3

£

Category 4

£

Standard rates

£

Solicitor
Level A152.50119.0095.5095.5055.75
Level B133.00104.5083.5083.5047.25
Level C88.5069.0054.0054.0034.00
Pupil/junior48.0038.5031.5031.50
Counsel
QC152.50119.0095.5095.50
Leading junior133.00104.5083.5083.50
Led junior95.5076.0065.0065.00
Junior alone104.5085.5074.0074.00
2nd led junior67.0053.0046.0046.00
Solicitor Advocate
Leading level A152.50119.0095.5095.50
Led level A133.00104.5083.5083.50
Leading level B133.00104.5083.5083.50
Led level B110.0090.5069.0069.00
Level A alone138.00115.0093.5093.50
Level B alone116.0099.5078.5078.50
Second advocate67.0053.0046.0046.00

Table 2 Advocacy

Preliminary hearing

£

Half day

£

Full day

£

QC119.00250.00500.00
Leading junior90.50205.25410.50
Led junior61.00132.75265.50
Junior alone70.00150.00300.00
2nd led junior35.5067.50135.00
Noting junior30.5057.50115.00

Table 3 Attendance at court with Counsel (hourly rates for solicitors)

£

Level A42.25
Level B34.00
Level C20.50

Table 4 Travelling, waiting and mileage

£

Travelling25 per hour (up to a maximum of 4 hours in one day)
Waiting25 per hour
Mileage0.45 per mile

PART 3

Table 1

Preparation (hourly rates)

Category 1

£

Category 2

£

Category 3

£

Category 4

£

Standard rates

£

Solicitor
Level A106.7583.3066.8566.8539.03
Level B93.1073.1558.4558.4533.08
Level C61.9548.3037.8037.8023.80
Pupil/junior33.6026.9522.0522.05
Counsel
QC106.7583.3066.8566.85
Leading junior93.1073.1558.4558.45
Led junior66.8553.2045.5045.50
Junior alone73.1559.8551.8051.80
2nd led junior46.9037.1032.2032.20
Solicitor Advocate
Leading level A106.7583.3066.8566.85
Led level A93.1073.1558.4558.45
Leading level B93.1073.1558.4558.45
Led level B77.0063.3548.3048.30
Level A alone96.6080.5065.4565.45
Level B alone81.2069.6554.9554.95
Second advocate46.9037.1032.2032.20

Table 2

Advocacy

Preliminary hearing

£

Half day

£

Full day

£

QC83.30175.00350.00
Leading junior63.35143.68287.00
Led junior42.7092.93185.85
Junior alone49.00105.00210.00
2nd led junior24.8547.2594.50
Noting junior21.3540.2580.50

Table 3

Attendance at court with Counsel (hourly rates for solicitors)

£

Level A29.58
Level B23.80
Level C14.35

Table 4

Travelling, waiting and mileage

£

Travelling25 per hour (up to a maximum of 4 hours in one day)
Waiting25 per hour
Mileage0.45 per mile

Article 5

SCHEDULE 2

PART 1Interpretation and Application

Interpretation

1.—(1) In this Schedule—

(a)a reference to a level is a reference to that level as defined in the 2010 VHCC contract;

(b)a reference to a category is a reference to that category as defined in that contract;

(c)the standard rates apply to work as described in the 2010 VHCC Contract Guidance(6); and

(d)the preliminary hearing, half day and full day rates apply as described in that guidance.

(2) In Table 2, a reference to a junior includes a solicitor-advocate.

Application

2.—(1) Part 2 of this Schedule applies to work done pursuant to any Task List agreed between a provider of services and the Lord Chancellor before 2nd December 2013.

(2) Subject to sub-paragraph (3), Part 3 of this Schedule applies to work done pursuant to any new Task List agreed between a provider of services and the Lord Chancellor on or after 2nd December 2013.

(3) Part 2 of the Schedule applies to work done in a case in which—

(a)the court has set a trial date before 2nd December 2013; and

(b)that trial date is on or before 31st March 2014.

(4) For the purpose of sub-paragraph (3), any adjournment or postponement of a trial which takes place after the trial date is set must be disregarded.

(5) In this paragraph, “Task List” has the meaning given in the 2010 VHCC contract.

PART 2

Table 1

Preparation (hourly rates)

Category 1

£

Category 2

£

Category 3

£

Category 4

£

Standard rates

£

Litigator
Level A145.00113.0091.0091.0055.75
Level B127.00100.0079.0079.0047.25
Level C84.0065.0051.0051.0034.00
Pupil/junior45.0036.0030.0030.00
Barrister
QC145.00113.0091.0091.00
Leading junior127.00100.0079.0079.00
Led junior91.0073.0061.0061.00
Junior alone100.0082.0070.0070.00
2nd led junior63.0050.0043.0043.00
Solicitor Advocate
Leading level A145.00113.0091.0091.00
Led level A127.00100.0079.0079.00
Leading level B127.00100.0079.0079.00
Led level B104.0086.0066.0066.00
Level A alone131.00109.0088.0088.00
Level B alone113.0095.0075.0075.00
Second advocate63.0050.0043.0043.00

Table 2

Advocacy

Preliminary hearing

£

Half day

£

Full day

£

QC113.00238.00476.00
Leading junior86.00195.00390.00
Led junior58.00126.00252.00
Junior alone67.00143.00285.00
2nd led junior34.0064.00128.00
Noting junior29.0055.00109.00

Table 3

Attendance at court with Counsel (hourly rates for solicitors)

£

Level A42.25
Level B34.00
Level C20.50

Table 4

Travelling, waiting and mileage

£

Travelling25 per hour (up to a maximum of 4 hours in one day)
Waiting25 per hour
Mileage0.45 per mile

PART 3

Table 1

Preparation (hourly rates)

Category 1

£

Category 2

£

Category 3

£

Category 4

£

Standard rates

£

Litigator
Level A101.5079.1063.7063.7039.03
Level B88.9070.0055.3055.3033.08
Level C58.8045.5035.7035.7024.50
Pupil/junior31.5025.2021.0021.00
Barrister
QC101.5079.1063.7063.70
Leading junior88.9070.0055.3055.30
Led junior63.7051.1042.7042.70
Junior alone70.0057.4049.0049.00
2nd led junior44.1035.0030.1030.10
Solicitor Advocate
Leading level A101.5079.1063.7063.70
Led level A88.9070.0055.3055.30
Leading level B88.9070.0055.3055.30
Led level B72.8060.2046.2046.20
Level A alone91.7076.3061.6061.60
Level B alone79.1066.5052.5052.50
Second advocate44.1035.0030.1030.10

Table 2

Advocacy

Preliminary hearing

£

Half day

£

Full day

£

QC79.10166.60333.20
Leading junior60.20136.50273.00
Led junior40.6088.20176.40
Junior alone46.90100.10199.50
2nd led junior23.8044.8089.60
Noting junior20.3038.5076.30

Table 3

Attendance at court with Advocate (hourly rates for litigators)

£

Level A29.58
Level B23.80
Level C14.35

Table 4

Travelling, waiting and mileage

£

Travelling (hourly rates)25.00 (up to a maximum of 4 hours in one day)
Waiting (hourly rates)25.00
Mileage0.45 per mile

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order provides for the remuneration of services provided under Part 1 of the Access to Justice Act 1999 (c.22) as part of the Criminal Defence Service. It applies to Very High Cost Cases which are the subject of a contract made between the Commission and members of the Very High Case Contract (Crime) Panel (“the 2008 panel”) and dated 14th January 2008 (as amended on 13th November 2008, 15th December 2008 and 5th May 2009) (“2008 VHCC contract”) or a 2010 VHCC contract.

This Order applies in relation to fees for work undertaken on or after 2 December 2013. It provides for new, reduced fees payable for work done pursuant to any Task List agreed between a member of the 2008 panel or a provider under a 2010 VHCC contract and the Lord Chancellor on or after 2nd December 2013. The previous fees will continue to apply to work done pursuant to a Task List agreed before 2nd December 2013 and in any case where, before 2nd December 2013, the court has set a date for trial which is on or before 31st March 2014. The amendment made to the Criminal Defence Service (Funding) Order 2007 (S.I. 2007/1174) provides for the rates applicable to advocates who are not members of the 2008 panel.

A full impact assessment of the effect of the policy implemented by this instrument on the costs of business and the voluntary sector was produced with the Government’s response to consultation, Transforming Legal Aid: Next Steps, and is available at https://consult.justice.gov.uk/.

(1)

1999 c.22. The powers were repealed by section 39 of, and paragraph 51 of Schedule 5 to, the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (c. 10), subject to the savings in regulation 6(3)(b) of S.I. 2013/534.

(2)

S.I. 2007/1174. Paragraph 25 was inserted in Schedule 2 by article 3 of S.I. 2008/957 and amended by articles 3 and 4 of S.I. 2008/2930. It was omitted by articles 1(4) and 28 of S.I. 2011/2065 in relation to proceedings in which a representation order is granted on or after 3rd October 2011.

(3)

The property, rights, powers, duties and liabilities of the Commission were transferred to the Lord Chancellor by paragraph 7 of Schedule 4 to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

(4)

Copies of the Very High Cost Case (Crime) Panel contracts for panel members and panel advocates can be inspected at the Legal Aid Agency (Head Office) at 102 Petty France, London SW1H 9AJ.

(5)

Copies of the 2010 VHCC contracts for organisations and self-employed advocates can be inspected at the Legal Aid Agency (Head Office) at 102 Petty France, London SW1H 9AJ.

(6)

Copies of the 2010 VHCC Contract Guidance can be inspected at the Legal Aid Agency (Head Office) at 102 Petty France, London, SW1H 9AJ.

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