In most cases we will be able to agree a fixed fee with you in advance. It is difficult to be prescriptive because each case will depend upon the seriousness of the case, the location of the court hearing, whether you want us to deal with the case by way of letter or attend personally, what you wish us to achieve on your behalf and how you wish us to achieve the outcome. We will always have a free, initial, no obligation discussion to establish if we can help you.
We have detailed below our normal fees:
- Initial conference (phone or in person) £250-£300 Take instructions, review evidence, verbal and written advice on plea
- Letter of mitigation/representation £75-£125 Either to the court, the police, the Crown Prosecution Service or other third party
- Attend at court to enter a guilty plea with mitigation £500-£600 This does not include an exceptional hardship or special reasons hearing
- Attend at court to enter a not guilty plea £450-£550 Liaising with prosecuting authority and undertaking case management
- Attend at court to represent at an exceptional hardship hearing £1000-£1300 Including preparation and review of supporting documents
- Attend at court to represent at a special reasons hearing £1200-£1500 Including preparation and gathering of evidence
- Attend at court to represent at a trial £1200-£1500 (half day) £1500-£1800 (full-day),Including preparation and gathering of evidence
The above do not include payments to third parties such as experts or court fees
All charges are exclusive of VAT
Factors which may increase these figures
Multiple offences, number of witnesses, complexity of legal issues, more than 90 miles from our office address.
Level of experience
Maria Moore – I have over 25 years’ experience as a solicitor and am a higher court advocate which means I can deal with cases in the Police Station, Magistrates Court and Crown Court. My whole working career has been spent dealing with criminal and motoring offences, I have dealt with thousands of cases over the years ranging from low level speeding offences to death by dangerous driving.
Lucy Whitaker – works with me as a consultant and has been a solicitor for 9 years exclusively dealing with motoring and transport matters.
Laura Hindson – works as a paralegal assisting on case preparation and taking instructions and has dealt with criminal cases for over 10 years.
David Swingler – also works as a consultant solicitor with over 18 years’ experience of motoring and criminal law and is an accredited Police Station Representative
Harry Bowyer – a barrister who we instruct for most of our Crown Court cases and was called to the Bar over 25 years ago. Harry has a wealth of experience in dealing with very serious motoring offences.
I supervise the work of both Lucy and Laura.
We are committed to a high quality of service. If you feel we have not met the standards you expect, please let us know. You may raise concerns with your solicitor or your client partner. We will provide you with a copy of our complaint’s handling procedure upon request. If you are not satisfied with our handling of your complaint you can contact the Legal Ombudsman on 0300 555 0333, firstname.lastname@example.org or PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton WV1 9WJ. There are time limits for bringing a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman, details of which can be found at www.legalombudsman.org.uk.
You may be able to apply to the court for an assessment of the bill under Part III of the Solicitors Act 1974.
We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority; and complaints and redress mechanisms are provided through the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Legal Ombudsman.