Very High Cost Cases (VHCC)

Purpose: To advise all barristers acting in Very High Cost Cases

Scope of application: All practising criminal barristers

Issued by:  The Remuneration Committee

Last reviewed:  2008

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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VHCC guidance

Payment for Written Advice on Appeal

For the avoidance of doubt, the following applies when counsel advises in writing on appeal against conviction or sentence in a VHCC.

If counsel advises against appeal, then - subject to agreement as to hours etc. - the advice will be paid by the Complex Cases Unit under the contract. 
If counsel advises in favour of appeal, then the Registrar of Criminal Appeals will pay him/her for the advice and grounds of appeal, provided a Form NG has been lodged and irrespective of whether the single judge grants or refuses leave, or refers the application to the full Court.

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.