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What supporting information will be needed to justify fees charged
In support of fees claimed you must make and retain appropriate file notes, recording:
- The name of the solicitor or unqualified person undertaking the work.
- Name of client or witness.
- Identifier to link to the relevant case file.
- Detail of work done (for example, you should not simply state “perusal” or “preparation” but should include a description of the document(s) considered and their length).
- Start and finish times and duration of work done (except correspondence).
You are also required to retain copies of correspondence, documentation received throughout a case e.g. reports and social work records etc.
Detailed fees for automatic children’s legal aid
Find out what regulations govern the fees charged for automatic children’s legal aid accounts.
Sheriff Court (excluding automatic legal aid and ABWOR)
Find out what regulations govern the fees charged for children’s legal aid accounts for proceedings in the sheriff court excluding automatic legal aid and ABWOR
Court of Session
Find out what regulations govern the fees charged for Children’s legal aid accounts for proceedings in the Court of Session.
Uplift in Fees not available
Find out whether you can apply for an uplift in fees under a grant of children’s legal aid.
Commencement of chargeable work
Find out when you can start charging for work under a grant of legal aid.
Charges for attending court
Find out how to charge for time at court including conjoined time, advocacy and non-advocacy time and waiting time.
Charging for meetings and consultations
Find out about what can be charged for in meetings with clients, including file notes, precognitions, locus visits and consultations with Edinburgh agents.
Find out what charges can be made for perusing documents and other material including letters, photographs and DVDs.
Charges for preparation and research
Find out what charges can be made for preparation work, including for researching the law.
Charges for telephone calls
Find out what charges can be made for telephone calls
Charges for affidavits and precognitions
Find out what charges can be made for taking and framing affidavits and precognitions and who can carry out such work.
Charges for framing documents
Find out what can be charged for framing papers, including formal and non-formal documents, written submissions and account synopsis.
Charges for citations, letters and electronic communication
Find out what charges can be made for framing citations and different kinds of letters.
Charges for miscellaneous work
Find out what charges can be made for items of formal work including lodging documents, photocopying, administrative charges and contact-related work.