Profitable Billing - Police Station and Mags Court

A practical discussion of billing issues at both the police station and in the magistrates’ court

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Course Overview

This webinar will be of enormous help to anyone involved in police station and magistrates court work including criminal practitioners at the sharp end, those responsible for billing and those who, whilst not actually doing the billing themselves, may have overall responsibility for the criminal 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 discuss the difference in fees between pleading guilty and being committed for sentence and being sent to the crown court.

Colin will provide viewers with a clear break-down of the different types of fees claimable, explore some of the issues relating to claiming more than 1 police station fee 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 standard fee or a non-standard fee at hourly rates on a CRM 7
  • • Know how the various Statutory Instruments work
  • • Appreciate the importance of how many ‘cases’ you have when you come to do the bill
  • • Appreciate the importance of entering ‘mixed pleas’ wherever possible – ‘mixed pleas’ put you immediately into Category 2 as opposed to Category 1
  • • Be able to recognise when you can claim not only your fixed fee but hourly rates on top and the enhanced rates payable if you are acting as duty on serious matters
  • • Feel confident when billing police station and magistrates’ court cases

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for anyone involved in billing or performing criminal legal aid work. This course is essential for all criminal practitioners working in the police station and at the magistrates’ court as decisions at these stages may impact hugely on the fee


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
    31 Page


  • Quiz


  • This course is out of date as the sending fee for either way and indictable only matters came into effect in 2020. Also it does not cover work done outside of the police station which can be claimed for separately, eg. extensions of bail heard in the Magistrates' Court. It would be helpful if there was a 2021 update which included the change to the Contract in relation to Pre Charge Engagement work.
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