Reforming the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme

Closed 2 Mar 2017

Opened 5 Jan 2017

Results updated 26 Apr 2018

This is the government response to the consultation, it provides a summary of the responses received on our proposals, our conclusions and next steps in relation to the consultation.




This consultation paper sets out proposals for the reform of the funding scheme which pays advocates to defend clients in the Crown Court. The government is seeking views on all aspects of these proposals. In particular, the government would like to hear views specifically on:

  • The graduated fee bundle
  • Categorisation of offences and standard cases
  • Early guilty pleas and cracked trials
  • Special preparation
  • Other aspects of the scheme design; and
  • Equalities matters


  • Legal professionals
  • Judiciary
  • Legal professional bodies


  • Compensation
  • Criminal justice
  • Law
  • Legal aid
  • Access to justice
  • Judiciary