Profitable Billing - Crown Court

A practical discussion of billing issues in respect of crown court work

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Course Overview

This webinar will be of enormous help to anyone involved in crown court work including criminal practitioners at the sharp end who appear in on a daily basis, those responsible for billing and those who, whilst not actually doing the billing themselves, may have overall responsibility for the crown court section and who would like to know more about the financial aspects of a criminal legal aid practice.

During this 60-minute session, barrister and Datalaw staple Colin Beaumont will compare the former and current schemes for the billing of advocates work at the crown court and will provide viewers with a clear break-down of the different types of fees claimable.

Colin will explore some of the issues relating to Newton Hearings which practitioners should be aware of and will trouble-shoot common billing queries.

In addition, this session will highlight the important documents and Statutory Instruments that you need to know in order to bill effectively.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the supporting documentation and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge.
  • This course provides 0.5 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of the course you will:
  • • Have a more practical understanding of how criminal legal aid works
  • • Understand the importance of the early advice you give to a client in the case
  • • Be aware of the circumstances in which you may claim a fee based upon a page-count and the circumstances in which you may claim a fixed fee
  • • Know how the various Statutory Instruments work
  • • Have considered the importance of PPE and evidence being served upon you in a non-paper format
  • • Appreciate the importance of the Crown Court Fee Guidance Document published by the Legal Aid Agency
  • • Be able to recognise when multiple fees are claimable
  • • Feel confident when billing Crown Court files

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for anyone involved in billing or performing criminal legal aid work. This includes those working in the police station and at the Magistrates’ Court as decisions at these stages may have a huge impact on fees


About Instructor - Colin Beaumont

Colin Beaumont graduated in law in 1981 and qualified as a Barrister in 1982. He worked for many years in the Magistrates’ Court service until 1996 when he re-qualified as a Solicitor and joined a large criminal legal aid practice. He became a partner with the firm. He retired as a solicitor in 2016 and has returned to his Inn of Court at The Inner Temple. Colin has been teaching the profession for the last 25 years and continues to do so.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Slides
    21 Page


  • Quiz