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Legal Aid

Shearman Bowen & Co is authorised to provide legal advice and representation in publicly-funded cases.

We have a contract with the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) to provide legal advice and representation in criminal matters; this covers police stations, magistrates courts, the Crown Court and related areas such as judicial review. We are also founder members of the LSC’s “VHCC Panel” (which now includes the specialist fraud panel),  one of a relatively small number of legal aid firms authorised to deal with the most complex cases.

All legal aid for criminal cases is means tested. We can help you with your application and advise whether you meet the criteria. If you do not, we can provide you with a realistic and competitive estimate of the costs of your case.