Getting points on your licence or a driving ban is not only inconvenient, but it could have far reaching consequences on your life. You may be at risk of losing your job or your livelihood if you lose your licence. Here’s some questions you might have:
I’ve received a Notice of Intended Prosecution, what do I do?
How much does it cost?
In certain circumstances you may be eligible for legal aid and if you are, we can help you apply. That said, it’s unlikely that you’ll get legal aid if you’re charged with what’s known as a ‘summary only’ offence. These are cases that can only be heard in Magistrates court, such as:
- Failing to stop after an accident
- Driving without insurance
- Driving a vehicle whilst over the prescribed limit for alcohol or drugs
- Failing to provide a specimen
- Careless driving
- Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence
In these instances we charge by the hour and these costs are outlined below:
- Partner = £250 p/hour plus vat
- Solicitor = £220 p/hour plus vat
- Non-qualified staff = £150 p/hour plus vat
Cases have their own facts and circumstances. We can offer our services on a fixed fees basis, but we'll take into consideration the complexity of the case to assess your plea. If it transpires that your case can be dealt with on a fixed basis, then our costs for summary only motoring offences are as follows:
- One hearing for a guilty plea and mitigation or first attendance entering not guilty plea and arranging a trial date, our fixed fee ranges from £350 - £750 plus vat
- Attendance at a single hearing to deal with a guilty plea and mitigation. Where the court is over 30 minutes from our nearest office, our fixed fee ranges from £500 - £1,000 plus vat
The costs above are based on an approximation of three hours preparation and attendance time, in addition to representing you at one court hearing.
- Exceptional hardship hearings/summary trial from £800 - £1,250 plus vat per day
In the event that we act on a fixed fee basis on your behalf at the first hearing and your case is adjourned to another date – for a sentence hearing, a trial or a special reasons/exceptional hardship argument, for example – our hourly rates may apply for any subsequent hearings, dependent on the complexities of the case but, in general, the figures above are applied. You'll be fully advised on any differential in advance of costs being incurred.
If you’d like to discuss a fixed fee option that isn’t defined above, we’d be happy to discuss your case with you. Our team is vastly experienced in these types of offences, having had success at all levels, including Appeal.
Many so called expert firms simply take your instructions and brief a Barrister to conduct the hearings for you on a fixed fee at a fraction of the fee you've paid. Unlike these firms, we won’t farm out your case to a third party; we're qualified to appear in both the Magistrates and Crown Court for Appeals, so call us to find out how we can help you.