Planned changes, now due to take effect in April next year, will impact privately paying defendants facing criminal prosecution in the UK. Presently an acquitted defendant is entitled to receive repayment of all reasonable costs involved in mounting a defence. Under the new measures, acquitted defendants will be able to claim only what would have been paid if the defence had been funded by Legal Aid. This will inevitably result in reduced recovery of legal costs. The changes are set out in the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.