Claiming enhancements for civil (non-family) legal aid work

Purpose: To guide barristers on the process of claiming enhancements to some of hte prescribed rates for civil (non-family) legal aid work

Scope of application: All practising barristers

Issued by: The Bar Council's Civil (Public) Panel & the Association of Costs Lawyers

Originally issued: July 2014

Last reviewed: July 2014

Status and effect: Please see the notice at end of this document. This is not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.

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The prescribed rates for civil (non-family) legal aid work can be found below.  The important dates are: 

  • Where funded services are provided under a certificate dated on or before 2 October 2011 (or where (a) the application for the certificate was signed before 3 October 2011; and (b) the application was received by the Legal Aid Agency before 11 October 2011): no prescribed rates.

  • Where funded services are provided under a certificate dated on or after 3 October 2011 but before 2 December 2013 2011 Statutory Instrument, Schedule 7 [page 16]

  • Where funded services are provided under a certificate dated on or after 2 December 2013 (subject to transitional provisions in respect of certain applications made before 2 December 2013 and in respect of further work under certificates already issued prior to that date):  2013 Statutory Instrument, Schedule 1 [page 5]

Important Notice

This document has been prepared by the Bar Council to assist barristers on matters of professional conduct and ethics. It is not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4, and neither the BSB nor a disciplinary tribunal nor the Legal Ombudsman is bound by any views or advice expressed in it. It does not comprise - and cannot be relied on as giving - legal advice. It has been prepared in good faith, but neither the Bar Council nor any of the individuals responsible for or involved in its preparation accept any responsibility or liability for anything done in reliance on it. For fuller information as to the status and effect of this document, please refer to the professional practice and ethics section of the Bar Council's website here.