Loading Progress...
 

Home

Register

Wiki

 

Escape Fee Calculator

How to Become a Rep

Legal Updates

Police Station Rates

Advanced Search

 

Jobs

Forms

PACE

 

Login

About

Contact

 
FAT CAT STATS
 
Most criminal legal aid firms are far from being fat cats. The statistics for criminal legal aid on this page show the state of the industry from 2011 to 2019. Its not a pretty sight.

There is a huge amount of data. It may take while to load so please be patient...

Its only a small subsection of the data we hold. We will be updating the page soon but if you spot an error or want a particular view of the data do please get in touch. Figures are exclusive of VAT and do not include disbursements.
 
 
   PICK A FIRM
 
 
 
LOADING PLEASE WAIT...
   MORE STATS...
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
Our good friends at No Comment, the biggest police station agency in the country, provided us with the tools, graphs and coding skills to make the stats easier to understand. There is a lot of info so it can take a while to load. Please be patient! No Comment covers every police station in England & Wales.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
YEAR2011/122012/132013/142014/152015/162016/172017/182018/19
TOTAL        
VOLUME        
£ CHANGE %        
VOLUME %        
 
 
 
 
11222
 
police...
YEAR2011/122012/132013/142014/152015/162016/172017/182018/19
VOLUME        
TOTAL        
%        
 
The above chart shows annual income for police station attendances. The table shows the income and volume figures. The percentage is the proportion of police station income to all criminal legal aid income.
 
 
      POLICE ATTENDANCES ARE DOWN
 
SPOTLIGHT ON POLICE STATION ATTENDANCES
 
 
Police Station Volumes Falling
Police station attendances are down. This is largely in line with the drop in arrests. 2007/08 is anomalous; attendances dropped dramatically but its easy to see why. It was the year the DSCC was introduced and the Carter Reforms came into force. The introduction of fixed fees led to solicitors taking unprecedented insdustrial action.

Note: use the white button above to go the next slide...
 
Loading Ranking Data
Please Wait
This can take a while...
 
 
   NUMBER CRUNCHING
 
£411
 
In 2002/03 the average police station attendance fee was £265.92. If there had been no cuts and rates had kept pace with inflation the fee would now average £411.26; around double the current rate.
 
   POLICE STATION RATES...
 
The real terms figures are calculated using the Bank of England retail price index.
   AVERAGE POLICE STATION ATTENDANCE RATES...
 
The real terms figures are calculated using the Bank of England retail price index.
 
      THE POLICE IN NUMBERS
 
 
Number of Bobbies Falling
The press tends to get a bit excited about the number of front line police officers. Its really not complex. Above is a chart showing the number of police constables who were in work. It does not include the long term sick. For reps that is all we need as PCs arrest people. Remember DC is not a rank so they are included in these numbers. For our purposes Traffic Wardens, back office staff and senior ranks are irrelevant.

Source: Home Office 2018 Workforce Figures March 2018
      IMPORTANCE OF POLICE ATTENDANCE
20%
Steady as She Goes
Attending police stations has remained at a steady 20% of a firms income. That proportion remains largely unchanged year on year. The conclusion one can draw is that firms are not marketing themselves effectively. Police Station work is the bread and butter of any criminal firm. Howver firms generally do not have a budget for advertising and marketing. The Law Society will from time to time launch campaigns but they would appear to be largely ineffective. The pie chart shows Police Station Attendances as a proportion of total income from Legal Aid. This is the National Figure. Clearly there is variation between the firms. The police station matters are a part of the Lower Crime figure.
      FIRMS STILL CLOSING
 
YEAR2011-122012-132013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
VOLUME16491565150814151356132413381232
% CHANGE -5.1%-3.6%-6.2%-4.2%-2.4%+1.1%-7.9%
 
The only good news last year was a small increase in the number of firms. That was a glimmer of hope. Sadly the trend is still down. In 1999 there were 3500 firms practicing criminal law. In 2018-19 there are 1,232, which is a 35% decline. More of a concern is the sheer number of firms that have shut up shop. At 8% it is a steeper rate than in previous years.
 
   NOTES & GUIDANCE...
 
METHODOLOGY & EXPLANATIONS
Why Publish:We publish this information because we are all a bit nosy and lets face it who can resist looking at the firms to see how much they make! But there is a serious reason too. The data published by the government is difficult to trawl through. Our good friends at No Comment, the biggest police station agency in the country, provided us with the tools, graphs and coding skills to make the stats easier to understand. The stats contain a vast amount of information that gives you an insight into the Criminal Legal Aid system and the current state of the industry. It will help you plan for the future and understand just how we got to where we are today. There is a lot of info so it can take a while to load. Please be patient!
Sources:All the data and information on this page come from the Governments Legal Aid statistics unless otherwise stated. You can view the whole datasets here at www.gov.uk.
Date RangeThe data goes back to 2006/07 but prior to 2010/11 the data is not all that helpful as many details are simply missing.
Firm NumbersFirm numbers are calculated by including any firm which undertook police station advice in a given year. This means we are looking at criminal firms and not the firms which did no work or merely do VHCC cases. The idea is to only include firms who are actually practicing at the coal face of criminal law. We have also excluded solicitor advocates as they are mainly inhouse and advocates.
 
DEFINITIONS
Lower:Crime Lower. Police stations, prisons & magistrates courts
LGFS:Litigators Graduated Fee Scheme. Soloicitors fees at the Crown Court.
AGFS:Advocates Graduated Fee Scheme.Barrister & solicitor advocate fees at Crown Court
VHCC:Very High Cost Cases. Complex Crown Court cases typically with trials exceeding 60 days
 
 
DATABASE LAYOUT
OVERALLSCHEME:Crime
SCHEME:LGFS
AGFS
High Cost Crime
Crime Lower
TYPE:Appeal
Committal For Sentence
Cracked Trial
Guilty Plea
Trial
Other
..
Telephone advice admin costs
CDS direct telephone advice
Police station: telephone advice only
Police station: attendance
Court duty solicitor session
Carter Fee - Representation order- lower standard fee
Carter Fee - Representation order - higher standard fee
Advice & assistance (not at the police station)
Carter Fee - Representation order - non-standard fee
Pre-order cover
Refused means test - form completion fee
Representation order - non-standard fee
Early cover
Warrant of further detention (including Terrorism Act 2000, advice & assistance and other police sta
Representation order- lower standard fee
Representation order - higher standard fee
Free standing advice and assistance
Magistrates' court advocacy assistance
Legal Help and Associated Civil Work - Public Law
Advocacy assistance at parole board hearings
Police Station: Post-charge attendance - Post-charge identification procedure/recharge/referral back
Advocacy assistance at prison discipline hearings
Immigration matter
Advice and assistance in relation to an appeal (except CCRC)
Second claim for deferred sentence
Police Station: Post-charge attendance - breach of bail/arrest on warrant
Mediation assessment alone
Advice and assistance in relation to CCRC application
High Court representation
Police station: attendance (armed forces)
Crown Court advocacy assistance
File Review
Warrant of further detention (armed forces) (including Terrorism Act 2000, advice & assistance and o
Duty Solicitor standby
Legal Help and Associated Civil Work - Miscellaneous
Representation on an appeal by way of case stated
Virtual Court
Injunction ASBCP Act
Legal Help and Associated Civil Work - ASBCP Act
Varying pre-charge bail
Extension pre-charge bail
REGION:London
Merseyside
South East
South
South West
West Midlands
Wales
East Midlands
North West
Eastern
Yorkshire and Humberside
North East
PROVIDERTYPE:Solicitor Office
Not for profit
Advocate
Solicitor Advocate
LOCALAUTHORITY:Lewisham, Bromley, Hounslow, Southwark, Ealing, Wandsworth, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Barnet, Islington, Croydon, Camden, City of London, Bexley, Waltham Forest, Merton, Hillingdon, Greenwich, Westminster, Redbridge, Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth, St. Helens, Medway, Maidstone, Kingston upon Thames, Brighton and Hove, Swale, Epsom and Ewell, Chichester, Reigate and Banstead, Dover, Gravesham, Sutton, Horsham, Dartford, Portsmouth, Crawley, Eastbourne, Guildford, Mid Sussex, Tunbridge Wells, Lewes, Bournemouth, Wycombe, Isle of Wight, Bracknell Forest, South Oxfordshire, Aylesbury Vale, West Berkshire, Southampton, Reading, Plymouth, Gosport, Test Valley, Cherwell, Vale of White Horse, Winchester, Chiltern, Gloucester, Wyre Forest, New Forest, Slough, Havant, Hart, Bristol, South Hams, Exeter, Torbay, Torfaen, Cornwall, North Somerset, Wiltshire, Sedgemoor, Caerphilly, Mid Devon, Stroud, Newport, North Devon, Bath and North East Somerset, West Somerset, Blaenau Gwent, Torridge, Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Somerset, Mendip, Swindon, Swansea, Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire, Powys, Stoke-on-Trent, Pembrokeshire, Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Ceredigion, Gwynedd, Monmouthshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Richmond upon Thames, Brent, Haringey, Birmingham, Coventry, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Warwick, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Tamworth, Walsall, Shropshire, Bromsgrove, Sandwell, Mansfield, Wolverhampton, Solihull, Stratford-on-Avon, Stafford, Dudley, Worcester, Herefordshire, County of, Liverpool, Carlisle, Telford and Wrekin, Tendring, Manchester, Bolton, Bury, Rochdale, Warrington, Wigan, Burnley, Salford, West Lancashire, Wirral, Halton, Barrow-in-Furness, Pendle, South Ribble, Stockport, Blackpool, Lancaster, Sefton, Cheshire West and Chester, Bradford, Oldham, Chorley, Preston, Tameside, Hyndburn, North Dorset, Poole, Milton Keynes, Rushmoor, Eastleigh, Basingstoke and Deane, Basildon, Suffolk Coastal, Breckland, Mid Suffolk, Cheshire East, Copeland, Wyre, Blackburn with Darwen, Fylde, Eden, Harrogate, South Lakeland, Gateshead, Rossendale, Ipswich, South Tyneside, Harlow, High Peak, Leicester, Spelthorne, Barking and Dagenham, Adur, Trafford, Hastings, Enfield, Woking, Peterborough, Newcastle upon Tyne, Dacorum, Taunton Deane, Worthing, Hartlepool, County Durham, North Tyneside, Darlington, Sunderland, Northumberland, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Allerdale, Barnsley, Wakefield, East Riding of Yorkshire, Stockton-on-Tees, Kirklees, Kingston upon Hull, Selby, Rotherham, Leeds, Doncaster, York, Richmondshire, Sheffield, Chesterfield, Scarborough, Craven, Calderdale, South Staffordshire, Bassetlaw, Tewkesbury, Kensington and Chelsea, North West Leicestershire, Melton, North East Lincolnshire, Nottingham, North Lincolnshire, South Kesteven, Boston, Derby, Hinckley and Bosworth, Erewash, Lincoln, Newark and Sherwood, East Staffordshire, Amber Valley, East Lindsey, Northampton, Charnwood, East Northamptonshire, Ashfield, Derbyshire Dales, North Kesteven, Corby, Fenland, Luton, Braintree, Kings Lynn and West Norfolk, Uttlesford, Southend-on-Sea, Stevenage, Waveney, Great Yarmouth, North Hertfordshire, South Holland, Wrexham, St Edmundsbury, East Cambridgeshire, Babergh, Central Bedfordshire, Colchester, St Albans, Norwich, Huntingdonshire, Hertsmere, Havering, Broadland, Cambridge, South Derbyshire, Malvern Hills, Wychavon, Redditch, Bedford, Denbighshire, Conwy, Isle of Anglesey, Flintshire, Thurrock, Canterbury, North East Derbyshire, Rugby, West Lindsey, Mole Valley, Harrow, Wellingborough, Knowsley, Tonbridge and Malling, Watford, Weymouth and Portland, Cannock Chase, East Hertfordshire, Sevenoaks, Chelmsford, Oxford, South Bucks, Castle Point, Shepway, Arun, Brentwood, Ashford, Broxtowe, West Dorset, Waverley, Fareham, West Oxfordshire, Daventry, West Devon, Lichfield, Cheltenham, Forest Heath, Thanet, Teignbridge, Welwyn Hatfield, Gedling, Tandridge, East Hampshire, Ribble Valley, Wealden, Harborough, Rother, Blaby, Broxbourne, Staffordshire Moorlands, East Dorset, South Gloucestershire, Windsor and Maidenhead, Kettering, South Norfolk, Christchurch, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Newry, Mourne and Down, Epping Forest, North Norfolk, Oadby and Wigston, Wokingham, South Cambridgeshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Elmbridge, Bolsover, ..
 
 
LOWER CRIMINAL WORKTYPE CODES
APPA:Advice and assistance in relation to an appeal (except CCRC)
APPB:Advice and assistance in relation to CCRC application
APPC:Appeal by way of case stated
ASAS:Part 1 injunctions under Anti Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014
ASMS:Legal Help and CLS associated work - Miscellaneous
ASPL:Legal Help and CLS associated work - Public Law
ASSA:Legal help
FRVA:Firms claiming for file review payments
INVA:Advice and assistance (not at the police station)
INVB:Police station: telephone advice only
INVC:Police station: attendance
INVD:Police station: attendance (armed forces)
INVE:Warrant of further detention (including Terrorism Act 2000
INVF:Warrant of further detention (armed forces) (including Terrorism Act 2000
INVG:Attendance
INVH:Police Station: Post-charge attendance – breach of bail/arrest on warrant
INVI:Police Station: Post-charge identification procedure/recharge/referral back for caution or warning
INVJ:Immigration matter
INVK:Extension to pre charge bail
INVL:Varying Pre Charge Bail
PRIA:Free standing advice and assistance
PRIB:Advocacy assistance at prison discipline hearings
PRIC:Advocacy assistance at parole board hearings
PROC:Magistrates’ court advocacy assistance
PROD:Court duty solicitor session
PROE:Representation order- lower standard fee
PROF:Representation order – higher standard fee
PROG:Representation order – non-standard fee
PROH:Crown Court advocacy assistance
PROI:High Court representation
PROJ:Second claim for deferred sentence
PROK:Carter Fee - Representation order- lower standard fee ( No Travel + Waiting)
PROL:Carter Fee - Representation order – higher standard fee ( No Travel + Waiting)
PROM:Carter Fee - Representation order – non-standard fee ( No Travel + Waiting)
PROP:Pre-order cover
PROT:Early cover
PROU:Refused means test – form completion fee
PROV:Fee for breach of part 1 injunctions under Anti Social Behaviour Crime & Policing Act
TAAC:Telephone advice admin costs
TCDA:CDD Direct telephone advice
VCRT:Virtual courts
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
©Matthew Fresco 1990www.policestationreps.com