Legal Aid v Private Defence
Holborn Adams only accepts instructions from privately funded clients. We do not hold a government Legal Aid contract and have no desire to become involved in publicly funded defence, due to the low levels of fees and the limited service generally involved.
Regrettably that means that we cannot assist clients who are unable or unwilling to fund their own defence
Many clients ask us:
“What is the difference between Legal Aid and Private Defence?”
The simple truth is that the two forms of service are worlds apart.
Although most Legal Aid firms will do their best with what they have, their fee levels are so low that it is impossible to offer the service levels of a a high quality private practice like Holborn Adams. In particular, there is virtually no legal aid funding for proactive pre-charge defence to seek to avoid charge. Legal aid defence lawyers only really make money if the client is charged so there is no financial incentive to seek to end the investigation early.
The key differences in service, which Holborn Adams can offer and legal aid firms usually cannot, are these:
- Direct, personal access to a named, qualified solicitor from start to finish – you will not be “palmed off” with a paralegal or clerk after the initial contact with a lawyer
- High level and reassuring professional support when your home or office is searched or you are arrested and interviewed under caution
- Immediate action to overcome the feeling of “treading water” which often comes with a Legal Aid defence
- Guaranteed instruction of a senior barrister or QC, subject to funding levels, including urgent conferences from the day of your call to Holborn Adams
- Conferences, emails and telephone calls with your legal team at your convenience – 24 hours a day / 7 days a week and at a location or venue which suits you or using any form of video (FaceTime / Skype / WhatsApp) or telephone conferencing
- ntensive case analysis and preparation from the moment we take on your case, including taking all relevant instructions, witness statements and documentary evidence
Comprehensive engagement with the police and prosecution authorities before charge, to seek to avoid charges altogether if possible
- Deployment of necessary expert witnesses from the very beginning to fight your case; from medical experts to forensic accountants to full DNA analysis
- Engagement of lawyers or investigators to secure key evidence before it disappears, including CCTV and digital evidence
- Urgent and comprehensive bail, restraint and other legal applications, prepared and presented to the highest possible standard
- For those clients with a sufficient case budget, our Top Tier Defence option, offers personal conduct of your case by Holborn Adams’ Senior Partner, Adam Rasul, and Chris Daw QC; one of the country’s leading specialist criminal and fraud barristers
Holborn Adams offers both hourly rate retainers and “fixed fees” for all stages of a case, from long before charge right through to appeals at the highest level. Fee levels are based on the amount of time needed to do the case properly, its complexity and the seniority of the legal team instructed. Do not hesitate to call Adam Rasul personally on 07967 015 655, and he will discuss the right legal team for you, whatever your budget.
During this most difficult time, I found that having Holborn & Adams on my team was a great support. Their professional advice helped me greatly throughout.
Dear Akram, thank you for the chat today. It’s really helped. You have such a reassuring nature, whilst also being realistic. It’s helped settle my mind massively, so thank you.
We’ve just recently started working with your team and I must say I wish we had come across them earlier and hopefully the wait wouldn’t be so long. I’m happy with Andrew and Faaria. They always keep us up to date on everything and work fast.
I believe the case is now in good hands. We are extremely grateful. So once again Thank you to your team.
Thank you so much for all your help, this news is welcome beyond belief.
I would like to thank yourself especially, but also backed up by Alicia for the timely, sensitive, proactive and highly skilled advice and guidance given. You left no stone unturned which I believe was crucial to the successful outcome of the case. The stress our family has been under has been immense but you have acted with such humanity and compassion it’s made a very difficult time more bearable, and I really thank you for that.
I spent a lot of time researching and talking to other solicitors before committing to yourself. This decision to choose yourself was based on my feeling that you understood the wider picture and nuances of the case and would give 100% which you did.
Thank you once more, you have helped change our lives immeasurably for the better.
Just wanted to let you know that I finally received the letter from DBS and I’m not going to be barred! I’m so relieved. Please note I realise this was all down to your hard work of which I will be forever grateful. Please accept my wholeheartedly appreciated efforts on your part. I wish you all the best for the future.
I am pleased that I used Holborn Adams and their professional criminal defence team as my legal counsel during a very stressful and unclear time in my life. Head of crime – Andrew Ford dealt with my case in a professional and discreet manner which is what I needed at the time. The team worked tirelessly and as expected a positive result was achieved in my case, I would also like to thank Julian Goode for the excellent advocacy at the crown court and Syeda Ahmed for all the help and work done on my case.
Needed a solicitor due to a dbs minded letter.
Found Holborn Adams on line which deals in specific cases like mine.
Carrie Bray agreed to act on my behalf, and I found her to be approachable and very knowledgeable.
Throughout she kept me informed and did exactly what she said she would and on schedule.
To summarise my experience very professional and I would not hesitate to recommend Holborn Adams and in particular Carrie Bray to all my family and friends.
It was by chance I stumbled upon Holborn Adams and Andrew Ford picked up my call. I am beyond fortunate I did so.
Upon initial contact with Andrew, I was sure this was the right firm to represent me. Andrew showed expertise and thorough knowledge in the field I needed representation in and was patient and comforting when I explained my situation. He was confident that with effective pre-charge representation , there was a strong chance my case would not result in any charge being applied by the CPS.
He was correct and with a well complied pre-charge case file, my case was dropped and resulted in no further action. I cannot thank Andrew enough for his hard work, professionalism and reassurance through this highly distressing time for myself and my family. I also am thankful and grateful to Carrie Bray, who works alongside Andrew, for her hard work, empathy and kind approach she undertook when dealing with my case. I would recommend this team and Holborn Adams to anyone looking for excellent representation, coupled with a team who are always accessible and understanding of the stress attached with legal proceedings.
My partner and I would like to thank Holborn Adams for their legal advice, effort and time on our case. Our choosing Andrew and Mathew to represent us was the best decision we could have made. Without their extensive knowledge and skills, the positive outcome we reached could not have happened.
We would not hesitate to recommend the Holborn Adams team and would use the firm in the future, if we needed its expertise again.
Once again, a big thank you to Andrew, Mathew and Sharon for being patient, friendly and calm with us throughout—from the start until the very end of our case.
I happened across Holborn Adams by a stroke of luck, or fate. I am so grateful and thankful that I did, as the support, help and advice I received from day one of engaging with them, and throughout the whole ordeal has been a blessing.
I was falsely accused by an ex partner of serious accusations. I had previously appointed another firm who, it seemed, were happy for my case to go trial. Some time had passed under the guidance (or lack of) my previous solicitor, and the trial was drawing closer and closer. I knew something wasn’t right with my previous representations so I looked elsewhere and appointed HA.
From the very first meeting I knew I was in safe hands. Both Adam and Simon are true professionals in their field and know the law inside out. They helped close down my case, meaning there was no trial. We worked together to gather evidence which proved to close the case down. 12 months ago my world was bleak, I felt a tremendous amount of pressure and stress, however every appointment I had with Simon/Adam helped to reassure me and took away many of my concerns. I couldn’t recommend HA highly enough. If you are facing similar issues, give them a call immediately, you won’t regret that decision.