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Criminal Appeals and CCRC Applications

If you or a loved one find yourself on the end of a miscarriage of justice you need to get strong expert advice fast from an established team with a strong track record of overturning wrongful convictions.

QualitySolicitors Jordans are that team and we offer a range of services to help you overturn your wrongful conviction. As part of our services we employ a range of professionals to help you gain access to expert advice and representation. 

For example we employ the services of standing appeal counsel who will actively take part in your case at an early stage and over advice both as to an appeal and a case plan to help you build a successful appeal. 

All of our cases also receive a full written advice even if unfortunately the appeal cannot be taken forward with a full analysis of strengths and weaknesses and the strategy to go forward with. 


As a QualitySolicitors firm we are committed to open and transparent charging with no hidden costs. We offer a range of fixed fee arrangements through to a top level bespoke service. We also offer Legal Aid if you are eligible .

Fixed Fee Plans - Stage 1 & 2

 

Appeal service Free First Advice Lawyer Assisted Fixed Price (Initial) Fixed Price (Inc Counsel) Pay as you go
What do you get? Not sure which option is right for you? Discuss your circumstances with us and get some initial advice, at no cost to you. Purchase a small amount of our time to talk to an experienced appeal lawyer over the phone or in person up to 45 minutes. A review of your case papers and potential grounds of appeal for a fixed rate price. The review will help decide if you have potential grounds worth undertaking more detailed work upon. Everything that the lawyer stage includes but also access to a senior appeal barrister who will provide you with observations on your appeal and a case plan for progressing it. The alternative is our gold bespoke service where you pay as you go for our services. We still agree what needs to be done but then we get on with it and you pay as you go.
Is it right for me? If you're unsure which option to select or have any questions about our services. Discuss your case and your options and get a more detailed overview before deciding how to proceed. If you think you have grounds to appeal but are unsure if they will be enough. If you want to make progress but be certain before spending a substantial sum of money on your appeal. If you think you have grounds to appeal but are unsure if they will be enough. If you want to make progress but be certain before spending a substantial sum of money on your appeal. If you are happy with our representation and plan you can speed up the process and give us your financial authority to get on with the case.
What's included? A direct initial call up to 15 mins to decide if instructing us is the right thing to do A meeting or telephone call lasting up to 45 mins. Discussion of your case, the appeal process and your options. Assessment of your papers and written points of appeal. The option for a face to face interview/telephone discussion. You will receive a written report on your case. Assessment of your papers and written points of appeal. The option for a face to face interview/telephone discussion. You will receive a written report and advice from counsel with a case plan. A review and case plan followed by work done against the case plan to get you to a final advice and grounds as soon as we can.
What do we charge? Free £99 (inc VAT) If you exceed 45 minutes we charge the flat rate of £250 . £2000 small case or £5000 if your case is deemed medium
£8000 if substantial.
£250 option for a 45 minute phone call or meeting at our offices
£499 + travel costs for a face to face meeting
£5000 small case or £10000 for a medium sized case
£15000 if your case is deemed substantial
£250 option for a 45 minute phone call or meeting at our offices
£499 + travel costs for a face to face meeting with counsel and ourselves
Solicitors Fees are charged at £250 per hour + vat
Counsel Charges are £300 per hour + vat
Expert Fees by Quote + vat
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Some of our cases have included:+

R v Sheikh [2004] - Historical Allegations Conviction quashed

R v Grierson [2005] - CCRC Referral Historic Cases - Law on Delay Clarfied

R v Lay [2005] - CCRC Referral Consecutive sentences to an extended sentence [Acted as Counsel] 

R v Robson [2006] - Substantial Historic Case [Acted as Junior Counsel] 

R v Sheikh [2006] - Key decision on Historic Cases 

R v Wake [2008] - CCRC Referral on issue of alternative indictments 

R v Joynson [2008] - Historic Care Home Case conviction quashed 

R v Lawless [2009] - Murder conviciton quashed on basis of fresh expert evidence 

R v H [2010] - Law on doli incopax confirmed for historic cases

R v B [2010] - Historic Allegations quashed

R v France [2010]  - Sexual Offences quashed due to fresh evidence 

R V S [2010] - IPP quashed  

R v L [2012] - Historic Convictions quashed due to misdirections on complaint evidence

R v S, B, C & R  [2012] - Sexual Offences quashed on fresh gynaecological evidence undermining original evidence of abuse 

Ali, Dennis, George, Lawless & Tunbridge v Secretary of State for Justice [2012] - The only succesful challenge to the Govt of Ian Lawless was navigated by Mark Newby as his Solicitor . The Government lost its appeal . 

R v Victor Nealon [2014] - Notorious Miscarriage Case quashed after appellant served 17 years . Fresh DNA uncovered . 

What is a medium or substantial case?+

A medium case is one with more than 2 complainants in a sex case or with more than 2 lever arches of evidence in any other case. A substantial case is a case where there are more than 3 but less than 7 complainants in a sexual case or more than a box of case papers or where other factors indicate it is in our opinion substantial . Experience tells us these cases are substantial in nature and require considerable time. We will assess each case and tell you which category it falls into. 

 

How does the scheme work?+

Each case is different and all are fact sensitive. They all require a careful and full review to be able to provide the best advice on appeal. These fees are a guide only and each case will be considered separately taking into account the specific circumstances.

Small Cases

These are convictions involving less than two complainants.

Stage 1 – Fixed fee interview conducted with Solicitors.

Stage 2 – Lawyers review including obtaining the papers and transcripts of trial. An initial review is conducted highlighting the issues for Counsel’s attention. £3000 + Vat. Video Link and Travel charged in addition. 

Stage 3 – Counsel’s involvement. 

  1. If necessary advising on any additional work required to be done;
  2. Provide full written opinion on merits of appeal;
  3. If Grounds exist to draft Advice and Grounds of Appeal against Sentence or Conviction;
  4. To arrange either video conference [included in fixed fee] or Custody conference [additional expenses for travel]
  5. Fee £5,000 plus VAT

Stage 3 – Solicitor’s involvement

  1. Respond to Counsel’s advice on additional work;
  2. Submission of Grounds of Appeal to Court of Appeal/CCRC

To be provided an estimate for this work. 

Stage 4 – Counsel Involvement. Leave Granted.

  1. Preparing Skeleton arguments and Bundles of Appeal for hearing;
  2. Attendance at Appeal hearing. 
  3. Travel and expenses.
  4. Fee £3,000 plus VAT. Travel £500

Stage 4 – Solicitors Involvement. Leave Granted.

  1. Submissions of bundles to Court of Appeal/ CCRC.
  2. Attendance at hearing and travel expenses.

Solicitors to Provide Estimate for this work . 

Medium Cases

These are convictions involving less than four complainants.

Stage 1 – Fixed fee interview conducted with Solicitors.

Stage 2 – Lawyers review including obtaining the papers and transcripts of trial. An initial review is conducted highlighting the issues for Counsel’s attention. Our Fee is £5000 plus Vat. 

Stage 3 – Counsel’s involvement.

  1. If necessary advising on any additional work required to be done;
  2. Provide full written opinion on merits of appeal;
  3. If Grounds exist to draft Advice and Grounds of Appeal against Sentence or Conviction;
  4. To arrange either video conference [included in fixed fee] or Custody conference [additional expenses for travel]
  5. Fee £5,000 plus VAT.

Stage 3 – Solicitor’s involvement

  1. Respond to Counsel’s advice on additional work;
  2. Submission of Grounds of Appeal to Court of Appeal/CCRC

To be estimated. 

Stage 4 – Counsel Involvement. Leave Granted.

  1. Preparing Skeleton arguments and Bundles of Appeal for hearing;
  2. Attendance at Appeal hearing.
  3. Travel and expenses.
  4. Fee £5,000 plus VAT. Travel £500

Stage 4 – Solicitors Involvement. Leave Granted.

  1. Submissions of bundles to Court of Appeal/ CCRC.
  2. Attendance at hearing and travel expenses.

To be estimated.

Larger Cases

These are convictions involving more than four but less than 7 complainants.

Stage 1 – Fixed fee interview conducted with Solicitors.

Stage 2 – Lawyers review including obtaining the papers and transcripts of trial. An initial review is conducted highlighting the issues for Counsel’s attention. Our Fee will be £5000 plus Vat. 

Stage 3 – Counsel’s involvement.

  1. If necessary advising on any additional work required to be done;
  2. Provide full written opinion on merits of appeal;
  3. If Grounds exist to draft Advice and Grounds of Appeal against Sentence or Conviction;
  4. To arrange either video conference [included in fixed fee] or Custody conference [additional expenses for travel]
  5. Fee £8,000 plus VAT.

Stage 3 – Solicitor’s involvement

  1. Respond to Counsel’s advice on additional work;
  2. Submission of Grounds of Appeal to Court of Appeal/CCRC

To be estimated.

Stage 4 – Counsel Involvement. Leave Granted.

  1. Preparing Skeleton arguments and Bundles of Appeal for hearing;
  2. Attendance at Appeal hearing.
  3. Travel and expenses.
  4. Fee £7,000 plus VAT. Travel £500.

Stage 4 – Solicitors Involvement. Leave Granted.

  1. Submissions of bundles to Court of Appeal/ CCRC.
  2. Attendance at hearing and travel expenses.

To be estimated. 

Bespoke Service

If your case exceeds the large criteria or you feel that the case would be better suited to an individual case plan then you can take advantage of our bespoke service. 

We will create an individual plan based on Hourly rates Solicitor - £200.00 and Counsel £300.00. An individual plan will be costed and where additional work is quoted this will be fully broken down with no hidden costs. 

Notes: 

  • The same fee structure applies to CCRC Applications
  • Video Links / Visits are charged extra and are subject to a mileage and time taken for travel claim. 
  • Each Case whether small, medium or large is assessed on an individual basis and the Fees set out in this document may vary 
  • Additional work you request us to do will be undertaken if reasonable at additional cost 
  • Payment of Fees is required in advance unless exceptionally another arrangement has been reached. Once a fixed fee has been paid and work has started no refund can be made. 

We look forward to working with you to get you to the Court of Appeal. 

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