High cost cases: non-family (civil)

Information packs for solicitors and barristers to get legal aid in high cost cases (HCC) where the matter is outside of family law.

Applies to England and Wales


Solicitor information pack

Barrister information pack

Case plan: non-family

Actions against the police

Clinical negligence

Prison law judicial review


Who manages HCC non-family

Civil high cost non-family cases are managed by the Exceptional and Complex Case Team.

A non-family pack - general guidance and case plans

  • solicitors’ information pack
  • barristers’ information pack
  • case plan pack (non-family)

Category specific guidance (funding checklists)

  • actions against the police
  • clinical negligence
  • prison law and judicial review

Where to send forms

New matters

For new matters, please contact the following:


Phone: 0300 200 2020 .

The email address for the Exceptional and Complex Case Team is:

Processing times

ECCT Prorcessing dates

We process 90% of new or ongoing case plans in 20 working days.

And we deal with most correspondence within 10 working days.

Published 1 June 2014
Last updated 22 September 2022 + show all updates
  1. Update after change in monarch.

  2. Postal address changed

  3. Documents updated.

  4. Clinical negligence document updated.

  5. First published.