Funding and costs assessment
On these pages you can find information on costs assessment, general billing guidance and the Funding Code.
You can find more specific guidance, and information on fee schemes under civil or crime areas of work.
Narrative and guidance: public funding
The 'Narrative and guidance: public funding' document contains an explanation of public funding. Topics covered include:
- the statutory charge
- costs orders against funded clients and the LAA
- prior authorities (including for experts in Children Act cases).
The Legal Aid Agency is producing a revised version of its ‘Paying for your Civil Legal Aid’ leaflet which legal aid providers should give to all clients applying for civil legal aid.
In the interim, legal aid providers should print out the paying for your civil legal document below for clients with civil legal problems.
Costs assessment guidance
The costs assessment guidance applies to work governed by both the 2010 Standard Civil Contract and the 2012 Standard Civil Contract (Family and Housing) which began on 1 February 2012.
Costs assessment guidance - For use with 2013 Standard Contract.
Costs assessment guidance - For use with 2010 Standard Contract.
Criminal Bills Assessment Manual
This manual sets out our approach to costs assessment where work is undertaken in the magistrates' court under a representation order. The guidance is applied when assessing non standard fee claims and for costs compliance audits on fee claims.