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Initially i got a solicitor privately as i wanted a good one

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initially i got a solicitor privately as i wanted a good one and didn't mind paying for it. i didn't realise the case would go to court or drag out for such a long period of 2-3years on bail and still not in court. i spoke to the solicitors about legal aid and they said they don't normally take on legal aid cases as they don't normally get their expenses covered but they would see what they can do. After a week they got back tome and said tat I've been granted legal aid and would have to make contributions consisting of 5 monthly payments of over £1200, which i think is high considering I'm on £30000 a year. any way with a court date set for next month i have to meet up with my representing solicitor to go through what i am going to say. i am paying over£1200 per month legal aid contributions yet when i asked my solicitor to meet me at a train station he said he couldn't as the legal aid system doesn't allow him travel expenses. is this true?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  LondonlawyerJ replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I am a solicitor with 20 years experience, I will try to answer this for you.
Legal Aid would not cover travel to visit at a location away from the office.. Many solicitors would do it anyway though. Would a station be private enough?