Motoring

29/11/2018

Our estimates for the provision of advice and representation at the Magistrates’ Court in relation to standard road traffic offences that can only be heard in a Magistrates’ Court dealt with at a single hearing are set out below. For matters that proceed to further hearings or are matters that can also be heard in the Crown Court, please speak to us directly to obtain a full case specific estimate.

We strive to give accurate and honest cost estimates but we recognise that each case has its own unique issues which can increase or decrease the costs involved. Below are some example fees based on being at Court for up to half a day (but if all day then extra costs may be incurred).

We offer an initial fixed fee meeting of up to an hour for £150 + VAT. If you do decide to instruct us for the hearing then this fee will be deducted from the fees outlined below.

Driving With Excess Alcohol/Fail To Provide£600 + VAT
Speeding£750 + VAT
Careless Driving£850 + VAT
Use of Mobile Telephone Whilst Driving£600 + VAT
Driving Without Insurance£600 + VAT

 

What work do the above fees include?

  • Considering the evidence
  • Providing advice in relation to plea, likely sentence and options available to the Court
  • Advising on whether an exceptional hardship or special reasons argument can be made
  • Representation at a single hearing

Many clients instruct us when their driving licence is at risk either by way of accruing too many penalty points or because the offence itself attracts the possibility of an immediate disqualification from driving. In those circumstances we can advise on whether to put forward arguments for exceptional hardship or special reasons to avoid the loss of their driving licence. If such an argument is presented in Court then our fee would be £1200 +VAT.

Additional costs will be incurred if we are required to;

  • Interview and take statements from any witnesses
  • Provide advice on appeal or need to instruct an expert witness
  • These services will be charged at the hourly rate for the solicitor or caseworker engaged

Disbursements/other fees
The estimates do not include disbursements such as mileage (45p per mile), car parking or public transport fees which are charged as incurred.

Who will be carrying out the work?
Our motoring team is made up of qualified solicitors, trainee solicitors and caseworkers may be available to reduce the cost of some elements of the case preparation. Please see the hourly rate page for information relating to each solicitor.  The team is led by partner, David Hicks, who has over 20 years’ experience working in criminal defence and qualified as a solicitor in 1998.

 

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