FIXED FEE PRICING STRUCTURE FOR MOTORING CASES

Our prices are reasonable and agreed in advance. In almost all cases we can offer an inclusive fixed fee, as shown below, for cases in the Magistrates’ Court.  This will cover your entire case from start to finish and includes all necessary work. There are no hidden surprises.

FEES

Initial Consultation and Advice £160 + vat

REPRESENTATION AT COURT

Motoring cases (excluding drink and drug driving)

Guilty plea                £1,050 + vat

Totting up cases       £1,300 + vat

Special reasons         £1,500 + vat

Trials                           £2,100 + vat

Drink and drug driving cases

Guilty plea                  £1,150 + vat

Trials and Special reasons

£2,800 + vat

Trials and Special reasons involving medical or scientific defences

£4,400 + vat

Applications for early removal of disqualification

£2,250 + vat

Taxi licensing appeals (revocations, refusals and suspensions)

Initial consultation £150 + vat

Representation at appeal hearing   £1,300 + vat

Representation before local authority taxi licensing committee £850 + VAT

Other types of case

Costs on application

 

Client care letter

Once a fee has been agreed, we will send you a detailed client care letter, confirming your instructions, our advice, the costs you have agreed to pay, and the date(s) on which payment(s) is/are due.

What our fees include

  • All necessary consultations with the Solicitor dealing with your case, either in person or on the phone. We return all calls and reply to all emails on the same working day where possible and no later than the following working day
  • Considering evidence, taking your instructions and advising on evidence, plea and sentencing options
  • Taking up to two witness statements
  • Representation at Court
  • All cases are dealt with by a named Solicitor and you will have direct access to him or her. We don’t employ unqualified paralegals

The fixed fee does not include:

  • Disbursements, such as expert witnesses
  • Taking more than two witness statements
  • Travel costs
  • Crown Court cases

When is payment due?

This will be specified in the client care letter. In most cases, you don’t need to make payment until five days before the hearing date.  In some cases we can offer payment over two or three instalments. We accept most credit cards. There is no surcharge for payment by card.

Additional hearings

Most motoring cases involve one attendance at Court, or two in the case of drink or drug driving trials. In the unlikely event of additional hearings beyond that, these are charged as follows:

£750 + vat + travel

Statutory Declarations

Our fee for drafting and serving a Statutory Declaration is £180 + vat

Hourly rates

Where no fixed fee is agreed or applies, or if you prefer it, our hourly rates are as follows:

Preparation and advocacy – £235 per hour.

Travel and waiting is charged at a reduced rate of £157 per hour.

Letters, emails and telephone calls out are charged at £23.50 each. We do not make a charge for incoming letters, emails or telephone calls.

Hourly rates will not be charged where we have agreed a fixed fee.

Except where otherwise agreed and confirmed in writing, the fees above apply to all new instructions received on or after 5th December 2018.

Forensic/medical experts

Cases involving scientific or medical issues will usually require a forensic scientist or medical expert to be instructed. Other cases may involve other types of expert witness, (for example road accident reconstruction). The prices shown above do not include their fees. However we will not incur such costs without your prior approval.

VAT

VAT is currently charged at a rate of 20%.

Travel costs

Any necessary travel, usually by rail, will be charged at cost. Travel by car will be charged at 45p plus VAT per mile. In some cases, a hotel may be required. Again this will be charged at cost. In all cases, we will let you know the amount(s) in advance.

Appeals to Crown Court or High Court

The fee for Magistrates’ Court cases does not include the costs of an appeal to the Crown Court or High Court.

Key Stages

  • Meet with your solicitor, in person or by phone, to provide instructions on what happened
  • We will consider initial disclosure, and any other evidence and provide advice on evidence, plea and sentencing options
  • Arranging to take any witness statements (trials and special reasons cases only)
  • We will explain the court procedure to you so you know what to expect on the day of your hearing(s), and the sentencing options available to the court.
  • We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you have.
  • We cannot provide a timescale of when your case will be listed, as this depends on the Court
  • We will attend Court and meet with you prior to going before the Court. We will remain at Court with you until your case is concluded
  • We will discuss the outcome with you and provide advice on appeal if necessary.