General Fees & Funding

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We firmly believe in providing our clients with reasonable and transparent fees. Legal aid is available for a range of our services although in some instances this may be subject to means and merits assessments conducted by the Legal Aid Agency.

Legal Aid Funding

Our clients can benefit from legal aid funding in criminal defence and family law services we offer. Legal aid is subject to eligibility and more information can be found here.

Criminal Defence

Police Station Representation

Arrest is a shock. We have an incredibly experienced team responding 24/7 x 365 days a year to advise and represent you in the police station.

The police often “invite” people to attend “voluntary” interviews under caution. It is also increasingly common for police to invite themselves into your home to interview you there.

No matter how it starts the most basic and single rule is NEVER BE INTERVIEWED WITHOUT LEGAL ADVICE AND REPRESENTATION.

There is such a world of difference between words used to explain an event – “I head-butted him” or “our heads collided”? On your own you may give in to pressure and suggestion that you are to blame.

We act in the most serious cases, murder, conspiracies, drug supply, and financial investigations:

Evert case is unique, every case needs skill and care.

Legal aid funding in relation to police station attendances is available to everyone and is not subject to any means or merits testing. Our fees are paid in full by the Legal Aid Agency.

There are occasions where clients want a particular Solicitor of the firm to represent them and we can undertake such work on a private basis. Our private fees are detailed below.

Magistrates Court Representation

If you have been charged by the police or summons the court, legal aid is available for representation in the Magistrates’ Court.

Legal aid funding is subject to an application being made to the Legal Aid Agency. It is assessed both on the merits of the application and the means of the applicant.

We can advise on whether you will qualify for legal aid and more information can be found here.

If you do not qualify, or wish to instruct us privately, we can discuss with you an hourly rate or fixed fee depending on the nature of the case. Where you instruct us on a private basis, and you are acquitted, or charges are dismissed you may be entitled to reclaim a portion of your legal costs from central funds. We assist clients, free of charge, with this process.

For more information please contact a member of our team.

Crown Court Representation

Legal aid funding is available for clients in the crown court. Legal aid is usually granted on merits but are also subject to means testing.

We can advise on whether you will qualify for legal aid and more information can be found here.

Generally, if your household has an annual income of £37,500 or more you will not qualify for legal aid.

If you do not qualify, or wish to instruct us privately, we can discuss with you an hourly rate or fixed fee depending on the nature of the case. Where you instruct us on a private basis, and you are acquitted, or charges are dismissed you may be entitled to reclaim a portion of your legal costs from central funds. We assist clients, free of charge, with this process.

However, unlike cases heard in the Magistrates’ Court you may only recover a portion of your private legal fees in the Crown Court where you have:

1. Applied for legal aid
2. Been refused legal aid on means
3. Are acquitted

Family & Matrimonial

Legal aid is available for a range of family law matters although has been restricted in recent years.

Legal aid funding is available subject to:

  • Scope – The matter is within the scope of legal aid
  • Means test – you are unable to afford your own legal costs
  • Merits test – the likelihood of success, the reasonableness of the costs and whether a reasonable person would use their own money to pay for the case.

Most family cases will be means tested; so, you will have to show that you cannot afford to pay legal costs. You will be required to give information about your income, benefits, savings, property and shares and those of your partner.

For some cases you can get legal aid regardless of your financial means. Non means tested legal aid is available if your child is subject of care or supervision proceedings. You may qualify for legal aid for some injunctions, such as a non-molestation order, but you might be required to make a financial contribution.

Legal aid is available for the following family issues:

  • applications for a non-molestation order or occupation order;
  • applications for a restraining order under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997;
  • applications for a Child Arrangements Order, Prohibited Steps Order or Specific Issue Order, if you or your child have suffered or are at risk of suffering violence or abuse from the other party. For more information about accepted evidence see the bottom of this page;
  • representation for children who are made party to private family law proceedings;
  • applications for forced marriage protection orders;
  • proceedings brought by the local authority for a care order or supervision order;
  • cases where your child has been or is about to be taken out of the UK without your consent;
  • from 10 December 2015 onwards, applications for post-adoption contact under section 51A Adoption and Children Act 2002, either where there is evidence of domestic violence or child abuse or for a child who is party to the proceedings.

Where legal aid funding is not available, we can be instructed on a private basis. Depending on the nature of the case we can offer an hourly rate or fixed fee service. For more information see our private fees section.

Private Instruction

You can instruct us privately on an hourly rate basis or sometimes for a fixed fee.  Our hourly rates are variable dependent upon the experience of the Solicitor you wish to instruct and the area of law.

Fixed fees are available, or can be agreed, on a range of cases but may not be suitable to every single case.

Below you will find details of our private hourly rates which are exclusive of VAT.


VAT is charged in addition at the current rate of 20%. 

Private Hourly Rates

Our typical hourly rates are set out below. VAT is applicable in addition to all hourly rates specified below and do not include disbursements which may be incurred during your cases. Typical disbursements can include Counsel’s fees and other expert fees.

VAT is charged in addition at the current rate of 20%.

Criminal Defence

£400.00 per hour

£350.00 per hour 

£250.00 per hour

Family & Matrimonial

£250.00 per hour

£200.00 per hour

Employment Law

Personal Injury/Negligence

£267.00 per hour


£200.00 per hour


£200.00 per hour + VAT


RT @JanetDaby Today I called on the Government to do more to help criminal legal aid solicitors. Despite the warm words from @MoJGovUK many smaller firms are struggling financially and Tory cuts are making this situation worse. My constituents deserve access to justice. @the_AYJ

About 2 years ago from Powell Spencer's Twitter via Twitter for Android

General Fees & Funding


Saloud joined Powell Spencer & Partners in August 2012 after graduating from Brunel University obtaining a first class degree in Economics. Saloud became a Partner in 2018.
Saloud is a qualified Costs Lawyer and leads the firm’s internal costs drafting and costs litigation department, ranging from legal aid to private client.

In recent years Saloud has established a very successful client base and receives instructions ranging from Top 100 firms to Sole Practitioners. Saloud specialises in legal aid costs and provides a wealth of experience with preparing claim forms, drafting bill of costs, complex high cost case plans, points of dispute and replies and advising on general billing procedures.

Saloud is a member of the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL).

Saloud was appointed to the Legal Aid Agency's Review Panel as an Independent Costs Assessor in August 2021.

Professional Testimonials

Saloud is our cost draftsman and he has made a massive difference to the efficiency of this practice and my day to day working life! He has extensive knowledge of criminal legal aid billing and has been able to guide and advise all our staff in this area. He is easy to approach and friendly as well as incredibly efficient and hardworking. He provides an excellent level of service to our firm. I would not hesitate to recommend him.


Shila Kesvari, Partner Of Edward Fail, Bradshaw & Waterson

Saloud Zaman receives my instructions in respect of preparing my criminal and prison law bills which are submitted to the Legal Aid Agency for assessment and payment. I would describe Saloud as having an encyclopaedic knowledge of the rules and guidance in respect of billing files correctly in accordance with the provisions as set out under the Legal Aid contract. Saloud's approach has always been professional yet approachable as he always provides solid and clear advice as and when required. Saloud is also exceptionally hardworking and very diligent. He provides a professional service throughout and comes highly recommended.


Semin Taner, Associate Of Russell-Cooke Solicitors

I have no hesitation in recommending your services and am grateful for your knowledge, diligence and thoroughness in costing my files.


Simon Grove, Partner Of JD Spicer Zeb Solicitors

I have instructed you to provide cost drafting services for my firm for over 18 months. Almost all the files I have sent you have been legally aided care cases. I have allowed you access to my firm's CCMS account to enable you to prepare and submit bills. I have been satisfied with the work you have done and continue to instruct you. I am a partner in my firm and have been a solicitor for over thirty years.


— Maurice Guyer, Partner Of Vickers & Co Solicitors

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