Motoring Offences Fixed Fees
Many motoring cases can be dealt with by way of a fixed fee. Alternatively we offer an hourly rate should you prefer.
For any of our rates we are proud to say you will have full and frank advice from a solicitor or barrister on all relevant aspects of your case and circumstances.
We offer the following fixed fees:
£99: This covers a 30 minute office appointment with a solicitor or barrister to advise you as to your options regarding your plea and the procedure thereafter. Advice can be given on the trial process and/or the sentencing guidelines where appropriate, including advising upon whether you have grounds to pursue exceptional hardship (for those who risk disqualification by virtue of obtaining 12 points or more on their licence) or special reasons (for those who may have driven whilst over the legal limit for alcohol).
We are happy to provide guidance in how to represent yourself in Court should you go on to do so (for example where you are entering a guilty plea) and how you can help yourself to minimise the sentence passed.
This option does not include any further work or advice upon conclusion of the 30 minute appointment. We are happy to advise as to further funding options at the end of this meeting should you wish.
£500 (plus VAT): This fee covers a half day Court appearance (by solicitor or barrister) with the consideration of evidence and taking of your instructions for any driving offence, whether you wish to plead guilty or not guilty. If you plead not guilty this will include procedural advice and the completion of the case management process in Court. If your plea is guilty it will include advice on likely sentence and presentation of your mitigation to the Court. Most cases are concluded within the half day attendance. However if your case is not concluded within that time (usually if you are required by the Court to see the probation service and the probation service is not ready to report back to the Court before the afternoon session), we are happy to remain at Court for as long as is required to complete your defence case that day for a further fee of £200 + VAT. This option includes all travel disbursements and advice on appeal where appropriate.
£750 (plus VAT): This covers the consideration of evidence, advice in relation to plea and likely sentence, preparation required for a hardship or special reasons argument and representation at a single hearing for either exceptional hardship or special reasons. Occasionally some arguments benefit from the instruction of expert reports and/or the obtaining of medical records, the cost of which is not included in this fee and is entirely optional. We find most clients who follow this route are happy to obtain their own character statements / letters under our guidance. If you would like us to take statements to assist any such argument this may incur an additional cost depending on the case. This fee includes advice on appealing the Court’s decision should that be required.
£1500 (plus VAT): This covers preparation and representation for a 1 day trial (to include the initial half day Court appearance for the entering of a Not Guilty plea and the case management process). This includes two appointments in our office (for up to 2 hours) and the taking of witness statements (up to 3 witnesses) for witnesses who are able to attend one of our offices. This includes travel and disbursements for the 2 Court appearances referred to and any advice relating to appeal should that be required.
Should you be successful at trial, you will be entitled to recover some of your costs from central funds. Should you wish us to make this application for you we are happy to do so for a charge of £150 +VAT. Alternatively we are happy to refer you to the correct form to complete and provide you with the documentation you require to submit this application yourself within the cost of your trial fee.
£217 (plus VAT) per hour: This is our simple hourly rate available for anyone in any case should you wish to instruct on this basis. This will guarantee you a solicitor or barrister conducting your case, whether or not an independent barrister is instructed in addition.