Jim is murder defence solicitor who is recognised as a leading criminal lawyer in the UK; he and his team have represented defendants in some of the most high profile murder cases prosecuted in England and Wales.
If you or a loved one are facing such an allegation, and, if you can afford to hire him, instruct Jim to help you to achieve justice in your case.
There are psychological barriers which may hinder justice in your case
Police murder investigations suffer from the same psychological barriers that apply to all problem solving and decision-making:
- A desire to make sense and make connections as quickly as possible (“premature closure“);
- A focus on information that confirms what is already believed or “known” to be the case (“confirmatory bias“).
If you are unfortunate enough to be at the sharp end of any criminal investigation, much less a murder investigation, in addition to those general psychological barriers you need to consider an additional barrier, which is that nowadays the police are driven to consider all of the actions they take in terms of resource, weighing up the costs benefit of every aspect of their investigative effort. What this means in practice is that the police inevitably and intentionally deploy the minimum resource necessary to get a “positive” outcome (“positive” in this sense means identifying and charging a suspect).
Remember that murder investigations are reactive in nature; the police engage in a backward search in order to identify likely suspects. They’ll:
- Search for witnesses;
- Search for physical evidence;
- Search for other “crime-solving” information by reviewing their interviews of witnesses, suspects and other data collected in their information systems, such as:
- The relevant Force Intelligence System;
- The Police National Computer;
- The Natation Criminal Intelligence Service Systems;
- Forensic collation systems, such as:
- DNA databases;
- Footwear marks database;
- Tyre marks databases; and
- Offender profiling databases.
The problem from settling for “near enough” and the threat of “noble cause corruption”
The reality is that solving a crime is an inherently difficult task and most cases contain manifest gaps, inconsistencies, contradictions and ambiguities. These are amplified if each part of the prosecution team settles on gaining “near enough” – as opposed to a detailed – grasp of the prosecution evidence.
Matters can get even worse if officers believe they “know” the truth about what happened in your case, or think they “know” you are the offender and are prepared to engage in “noble cause corruption”, i.e. do whatever is necessary to increase the likelihood of your conviction.
You can gain a real advantage if you are prepared to pay for a properly resourced defence team. Jim is certainly not cheap, and there are many other lawyers who will cost you less or nothing at all if they can claim payment from the government under the legal aid scheme. If you hire Jim Meyer as your lawyer, you aren’t just buying his time; you’ll benefit from his obsessive compulsion to dig into the detail of your case and to exhaust all lines of inquiry in an effort to secure you the best result.
How much will it cost?
If you instruct Jim, probably the first thing you will realise is that he is a straight-talking lawyer who provides honest and frank advice without any "BS". The same is also true about what he will tell you in relation to how much it will likely cost you to hire him, and he aims to be completely transparent about what he charges, what this pays for and how this compares to a lawyer being remunerated under legal aid. Jim believes this is the only way his clients can make a sensible, informed decision on how to proceed.
Jim has compiled a database of historical bills for matters in a single financial year to help him estimate how much a case will cost. Looking at this data there are 584 cases1 where:
- The main allegation was murder,
- There was a single defendant, who
- Pleaded not guilty, and
- Was subseqently tried before a jury in the Crown Court.
Based on this information, Jim's advice is:
- The prosecution evidence in a typical case alleging murder normally runs to approximately 2,581 pages (note that this does not include CCTV, multi-media or digital evidence; nor does it include any unused material served by the prosecution [i.e. material which the prosecution believes may undermine its case or assist the case for the accused] or any evidence collected by the defence); the minimum number of pages was recorded as 13 and the maximum was 31,001;
- A crown court trial where there is a single defendant and the main allegation is murder will normally comprise 103 prosecution witnesses and last around 16 days (the lowest number of witnesses recorded was 3 and the most was 349; the shortest trial recorded was 1 and the longest was 61);
- For a trial lasting 16 days with 103 witnesses and a similar page count of 2581 pages, Jim estimates the total cost (including VAT and the advocates fee but excluding any other disbursements) will be in the range of £245,060 to £370,020. This compares to the typical fee2 of £46,800 paid to the legal team under legal aid.
1 Note that this doesn't represent all of the data on historical cases; in order to try to provide a "like-for-like" comparison it is restricted to cases where there was a single client and the matter was tried in the crown court. This will give you a general idea but obviously Jim will be able to advise you on the specifics of your particular case and the impact this may have on the likely cost. ↩
2 This is an approximation. There are calculators available on the MOJ\'s website which will help you work out the fee claimable under the scheme, exluding any additional payment made for "special preparation".↩