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Did counsel suggest there were any grounds to appeal?
Has he advised on appeal? You would normally get a written advice.
Well, that wouldn't normally be the chain of events. It depends on circumstances. It might be that the solicitor can't get into the prison to see him. Belmarsh particularly have a huge waiting list. As long as notice of appeal is submitted in time everything else can be more relaxed. You can always change solicitors. They need to seek leave to appeal though and until that is granted their view might well be that there is no point in a visit because there is nothing that can be done upon the case. The legal aid board do ask them to justify expenses of that nature. Can I clarify anything for you?
Yes, the judges summing up is the only note. The days have long gone when legal aid paid for clerks to attend with counsel although people are free to pay privately.
if it is Belmarsh then the reason he won't have seen him is that there is an endless delay in getting in. That will be nothing to do with the solicitor.
In terms of expediting it, you can always pay privately for a different counsel to advise