Arrested?

If you are aware that the Police wish to interview you, or if there is someone in custody with the Police you want to arrange representation for, contact us at the office on 020 7839 2373 or if outside the hours of 9-5.30 use our emergency contact number 07659 130481 and leave your name and contact number.

Essential information to have available if possible includes the name of the relevant Police Station, the name of any officer who you know we may be dealing with, and any contact number. It is helpful to know the nature of the allegation.

If you are aware that officers wish to interview you, we can assist with arranging a date and time for voluntary interviews convenient for all parties and representatives.

 

At Court?

If you have recently been charged, or summonsed/requisitioned to Court, you will be making your first appearance before the Magistrates’ Court. Contact us to discuss your representation.

There is limited public funding available for representation at the Magistrates’ Court. Public funding is means tested. We are used to managing such situations, applying for legal aid, and arranging representation on a budget, or assisting with a letter to the Court setting out, in accordance with your instructions, how you wish to proceed.

At the Crown Court the means testing is more generous however, information is also required as to assets held. The Legal Aid Authority at the conclusion of a case will seek to recover the costs of the case in the event of a conviction. At the conclusion of a case where appropriate representations will be prepared and submitted to the trial Judge as to the apportionment of costs, the extent to which a defendant should be require to contribute.

If income is over the public funding threshold it is sensible to consider an application for legal aid as if refused public funding, but later acquitted, it will be possible to seek to recover some costs at the conclusion of the case. 

We are required to be in receipt of funds in order to arrange representation. Private clients can make payments by bank transfer, credit or debit card.

Please be aware of the increase in cybercrime and fraud. If you receive an email purporting to be from someone at Reynolds Dawson which seeks to direct a payment to bank details which differ from those which we have already given to you by us it will not be genuine. Please do not reply to the email nor act on any information contained in it but contact us immediately.