A&A general rules for travel-related charges: client should travel to you, and methods of travel

As a general rule the client should travel to the solicitor.

You should only need to travel to a client if the client

  • is unable to attend your office through disability or ill-health; or
  • is being detained, for example, in prison or under the mental health legislation.

The cost of travel will not otherwise be chargeable to the Fund except in the most exceptional circumstances.

In undertaking travel you should consider the most economic method taking into consideration the time taken against the cost.  For example:

  • The journey may be cheaper by train but may take longer than it would travelling by car thereby increasing the time cost.
  • On the other hand it is likely that travel from one city centre to another would be cheaper by train than by car.
  • In some circumstances a cheap flight may be the most economic way of travelling taking into account the total costs involved.

Travel to witnesses

As a general rule witnesses should travel to the solicitor to provide a precognition.

We will only pay for travel to a witness to take a precognition where we consider that

  • the precognition was a necessary document
  • circumstances prevent the witness from travelling to the solicitor’s office
  • it wasn’t possible to take the precognition over the phone

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