We understand you will need to be fully aware of the costs of your case. For summary-only Motoring offences (please see list below) we charge an agreed fee of £500 plus VAT at 20% - total £600 – for a person entering a GUILTY plea only.
If a person enters a NOT GUILTY plea, or enters mixed pleas (a mixture of GUILTY & NOT GUILTY pleas) the agreed fee is £1000 plus VAT at 20% - total £1200.
This fee cannot be varied upwards and is payable, by you, whether or not the work is completed.
The agreed fee involves the following work we carry out on your behalf;
Further, Solicitors have to pay out various other expenses on behalf of clients, including, for example. Court fees, Expert fees and so on. We have no obligation to make such payments unless you have provided us with funds for that purpose. VAT may be payable on certain expenses. We refer to such payments generally as “disbursements”. We will notify you of any disbursements in advance.
The agreed fee above does not include providing advice on Appeal. This will carry an additional cost.
We must also warn you that we cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place , if it is adjourned for any reason including trial, as this depends on the court listing for that day.
We must also warn you that the court can impose – upon sentence – a government victim surcharge. The amount depends on the type of sentence you receive.
The above is in addition to any costs or compensation asked for by the prosecution.
Magistrates' Court Proceedings
In simple terms, the legislation provides that non-legally aided privately paying clients in the magistrates' court will be entitled to recover their legal costs under a Defendant's Costs Order if they are acquitted, but the amount will be limited to the amount that would be payable under specified legal aid rates.
If found guilty of one offence and not guilty of the other, we can apply for an apportionment of your defence costs – this is usually assessed at 50% of the amount you would receive had you been found not guilty of both offences. We cannot offer you any assurances about the amount of money recoverable however we will try our best to ensure you are recompensed in some way.
Please note that recovery of any costs usually takes in the region of within 3-6 months.
Finally, if found guilty of all charges, we are not allowed to make any application in regards to your defence costs.
List of summary-only Motoring offences -
- Careless or inconsiderate driving
- Drink driving (driving or attempting to drive)
- Drink driving (in charge)
- Drug driving
- In charge of a motor vehicle (or driving it) while under the influence of drink or drugs (driving/in charge whilst unfit)
- Fail to provide a specimen for analysis (drive/attempt to drive)
- Fail to provide specimen for analysis (in charge)
- Motor racing on public ways
- Seat belt offences
- Defective tyre(s) offences
- Cycling in a dangerous manner
- Cycling in a careless manner
- Using a vehicle in a dangerous condition
- Driving without a licence
- Driving without insurance
- Fail to stop / report a road accident
- Driving while disqualified
- No test certificate
- Fail to co-operate with preliminary (roadside) breath test
- Fail to give information of driver’s identity
- Fail to produce driving documents
- Defective brakes or steering
- Use of mobile phone offences
- Motorway offences including driving the wrong way, making a U turn and driving in a prohibited lane
- Offences concerning use of vehicle including weight of vehicle (section 40A Road Traffic Act 1988) and number of passengers or way carried involving danger of injury (also s40A).
We have listed as many common offences as possible . We are, however, willing to discuss representation for any offences not listed.
Raising queries or concerns with us/Complaints
We are confident that we will give you high quality service in all respects. However, if you have any problems or concerns about any aspect of our work for you, please take them up with me. Should this fail to resolve the problem to your satisfaction please contact any of our reception staff who will provide you with a copy of our formal Complaints Procedure. This details how formal complaints should be taken up with our Practice Manager, Kelly Cooper. We have 8 weeks to consider a complaint. If you are unhappy about our handling of your complaint, you can ask the Legal Ombudsman (Legal Ombudsman, PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ) to consider the complaint. Normally, you will need to complain to the Ombudsman within 6 months of receiving a final written response from us or within 6 years of the act or omission about which you are complaining or 3 years from when you should reasonably have known there was a cause for complaint (if the act took place more than six years ago).
Complaints Procedure Timetable
Acknowledge the complaint in writing and send a
Within 2 working days
Invite you to a meeting or to discuss the issues by telephone
Within 2 working days
Confirm the outcome of the meeting or telephone conversation in writing
Within 3 working days of the meeting/telephone conversation
Investigate the issues
Within 14 days of receiving the complaint
If a meeting/telephone discussion is not possible or required:
Within 21 days
|Review and close the complaint||Within 8 weeks of receiving the complaint|