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Our costs drafting department operates within a predominant legal aid practice which provides us with first-hand experience of dealing with the Legal Aid Agency. We have an in-depth knowledge of all legal aid related costs and vast experience of dealing with annual audits, core review testing and other legacy issues which often arise for legal aid practices.

 

How We Can Help You

We can provide complete costing services to firms which includes our team handling all the steps leading up to bill payment and advise on better practice to avoid contract notices and KPI linked rejections.

We have extensive experience of all systems used by the Legal Aid Agency including CCMS, CWA and the more recent Claim Crown Court Defence Service system.  We also have proficient experience of using a wide range of case management software including Advanced Legal, DPS and LEAP.

Our aim is to provide firms with better flexibility and increase profitability. We can attend your offices, arrange the collection of files free of charge or take instructions electronically.

We offer the following legal aid services:

Criminal Costs

  • Preparation of lower crime bills including Police Station, Magistrates Court and Advice & Assistance files
  • Crown Court billing including submissions in relation to PPE, re-determinations and appeals to a Costs Judge
  • Defence Costs Order claims
  • Confiscation/POCA claims
  • Court Appointee claims

Civil Costs

  • Preparation of legacy matters on Claim 1/1A forms
  • Preparation of Claim 2 forms where costs have been recovered inter-parte
  • Bill of Costs for detailed assessment
  • High cost case plans / CCFS events model case plans
  • CCMS claims
  • Inter-Parte Costs involving six-column Bill of Costs

Our Fees

We offer market leading and competitive rates for all our services. Our legal aid rates are typically charged as a percentage of profit costs recovered.

For more information please contact us and speak to a member of our Costs Drafting department.

 

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OUR PRIVACY POLICY

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"Brilliant Job"

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.

Shila Kesvari, Partner of Edward Fail, Bradshaw & Waterson

 

"Encyclopaedic Knowledge"

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.

Semin Taner, Associate of Russell-Cooke Solicitors

 

"Professional yet approachable"

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

 

"Grateful for your knowledge"

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 J D Spicer Zeb Solicitors

 

"Satisfied with the work"

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.

Maurice Guyer, Partner of Vickers & Co Solicitors

 

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Legal Aid

Director

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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© 2020 Powell Spencer & Partners. Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (Registration No. 57736).

Partners: Greg Powell, Zaman Legal Services Ltd (Directors: Sinead Zaman, Saloud Zaman)

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