As a law firm that is fully regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, MTG Solicitors has a legal duty to be completely transparent regarding its fees. This duty is in line with our firm’s values, which is to be honest and transparent with our clients at all times.
Free 30 minute consultation
We begin every new client relationship by offering a free 30-minute consultation. During this time, we find out about your legal matter and quickly establish whether we are the right firm to help you. This is also the time when we discuss whether you may qualify for legal aid.
Our free consultation is designed to ensure you understand our processes and we have the opportunity to provide you with an estimate of how much our services will cost. You will receive this information in a Client Care package which will be sent to you if you wish to instruct us.
Can I get legal aid?
You may be entitled to receive legal aid to pay your legal fees.
To determine whether someone qualifies for criminal legal aid you need to consider both
Merits: interests of justice (IoJ) consders the merits of the case – for example, a person’s previous convictions, nature of the offence and the risk of custody – to determine if an applicant qualifies for legal aid. The more serious the charge or possible consequences for a defendant, the more likely that their case will qualify for legal aid (Crown Court trials are deemed to automatically satisfy this test).
The interests of justice test determines whether a client is entitled to legal aid based on merits. As part of the test you must consider the ‘Widgery critera’ and decide which of the following applies to your case:
In addition to passing the interest of justice test, to get legal aid a defendant must be financially eligible to qualify for legal aid as set out in The Criminal Legal Aid (Financial Resources) Regulations 2013.
Means testing considers a defendant’s financial position based on:
Applicants will passport the means test to automatically get free legal aid if they’re under 18 or receive:
They must also pass the IoJ test. As shown above some applicants will automatically pass this.
Financial eligibility calculator for criminal legal aid (XLSM, 82.5KB)
You can click on the above calculator to quickly check if you are likely to pass the means test. The calculator may be particularly useful if you’re trying to estimate eligibility for more complex means cases or to estimate contribution levels in the Crown Court.
Our free consultation includes assess for you if you qualify for legal aid or not
If you do not qualify for legal aid wherever possible, our Criminal Law lawyers work on a fixed fee basis. This means that we calculate how much advising and representing you on your matter will cost and provide you with a quote. The quoted amount for the work listed will not vary. If additional work needs to be carried out we will send you a new quote for the additional work. You will never receive any ‘unexpected’ charges on any of our invoices.
If you do not qualify for legal aid or if you wish to instruct us privately on a matter then please contact us to discuss fee. We accept private instructions for Police Station, Magistrates and Crown Court work.
Where you do not qualify for legal aid and wish to instruct privately for a Motoring offence our cost is as following-
Please note that the above fee does not include disbursements such as fee of an expert for them to prepare a reports such as blood alcohol concentration report, Expert report for, examination or analysis, drink driving, laced / spiked alcohol, failure to provide reports etc