OUR CHARGES FOR SUMMARY MOTORING CASES IN THE MAGISTRATES’ COURT
If you are eligible for legal aid, we will advise you of this and can help you to apply. However, you are unlikely to be able to obtain legal aid for driving offences which are “summary only” – meaning that they can only be heard in the magistrates’ court.
There are a range of summary only offences, for example:
- Driving a vehicle whilst over the prescribed limit for alcohol/drugs
- Failing to provide a specimen of breath/blood or urine
- Driving without due care and attention (Careless driving)
- Failing to stop after/failing to report an accident
- Exceeding a speeding limit
- Failing to identify driver
- Using a vehicle without insurance
- Driving without a valid licence
- And many others
For offences such as these, our hourly rates are £200 per hour.
In some cases, we will be able to offer a fixed fee, but this is subject to an initial assessment to establish that the case is suitable, which will depend upon, for example, the complexity of the case and the nature of your plea.
If your case is suitable for a fixed fee, our fixed fees for summary only motoring offences are as follows:
- Attendance at a single hearing to deal with a guilty plea and mitigation and where travel from our nearest office is 20 miles or less, the fixed fee cost would be £400.
- Attendance at a single hearing to deal with a guilty plea and mitigation where the court is more than 20 miles from our nearest office, the fixed fee would be £650.
- We are obliged to add 20% VAT to all of our charges
The fixed fee arrangement is based on an estimate of around 3 hours’ work, including:
- taking instructions
- considering evidence
- providing advice in relation to plea and likely sentence
- where we cannot anticipate the likely sentence, advice on options available to the court in relation to sentencing
- where appropriate, advice on whether exceptional hardship or special reasons argument should be made
- preparing the case
- representation at a single court hearing
- providing advice on appeal
The fee does not include:
- instruction of an expert witness
- taking a statement from a witness
- representation in relation to an appeal
Common additional services: -
- Representation in relation to an Appeal from £1000
- Back calculation prepared by forensic scientist (currently £192 plus VAT)
- Instructing experts from £500
- Interviewing witnesses from £150
If we have represented you at a previous hearing and your case is then adjourned to a later date for any reason, we would discuss with you a further fixed fee or a transfer to hourly rates.
These are based on the assumption of a guilty plea when you have a date for your hearing: -
- Meet with solicitor to provide instructions about the matter.
- We will consider initial disclosure, any other evidence and provide advice in relation to that
- Arrange to take witness statements if appropriate (subject to additional fee from £150)
- Advise in relation to court procedure, as to what to expect at the hearing at the sentencing options available to the court.
- Conduct further preparatory work, obtain further instructions and follow up any queries you may have
- The timescale in terms of when your hearing will take place depends on the court listing for that day
- We will attend court on the day and meet with you before your case is heard. We anticipate being at court for (half a day, a full day)
- We will discuss the outcome with you and advise on appeal.
- If an appeal is appropriate this will attract an additional fee.
We have a more detailed information sheet for private client (i.e. non-legal aid) costs which is available to download here.
For a list of our solicitors who may deal with your case, click here.