We have special arrangements for dealing with a “high cost case” – potentially complex, voluminous or time-consuming criminal cases.

We have a procedure to identify, monitor and assist you in such cases. We can also identify and facilitate the employment of one expert (or junior counsel) in circumstances where there is generic evidence and no inherent conflict in interest between the clients.

Criteria we use to identify high cost cases

There are identifiable triggers in a criminal case which point towards a case potentially being high cost or complex.  These factors can be identified at a relatively early stage.

Each factor may be significant on its own, but more usually several such factors come together to indicate a potentially high cost case.

Such factors may include:

  • Court forum
  • Number of accused
  • Involvement of counsel
  • Number of requests for sanction in a case
  • Number and location of experts sanctioned
  • Expected length of trial, and
  • Case category

A typical high cost case would be likely to cost over £50,000.

The presence of any of these factors does not, in itself, indicate that the case will be high cost.

In this section

High cost cases

How we assist you in high cost/complex cases

Learn about how we will appoint a dedicated contact for you in high cost/complex cases and the support they can provide.

High cost cases

Our role in identifying and avoiding duplication of work across high cost cases

Learn how we seek to prevent duplication of work and reduce costs in cases involving several parties.

High cost cases

Good practice in complex criminal cases – High Court Protocol

Learn about the High Court Practice Note and Protocol on the Management of Lengthy and Complex Criminal Cases.