R (Director of Legal Aid Casework) v Southwark Crown Court [2021] 1 WLR 2779

“The case was concerned with the capital contribution claimed by the Legal Aid Agency from a defendant following a six-month trial for tax fraud in proceedings dealt with under the ‘Very High Cost Case’ regime. The defendant had been acquitted of the main conspiracy count but convicted on a subsidiary count relating to misrepresentations made to HMRC in the course of their preceding civil inquiry. It provides a stark illustration of the risks to both defendants and their lawyers if application to the trial judge for an order that the defendant should only have to pay a proportion of the costs of his representation is not made within the time specified by the relevant regulations ...”
ADDED Thursday 24th June 2021