The following guidance on costs relates solely to cases of summary only motoring offences under Part I of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and s89 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
This would include various allegations of driving a motor vehicle in a manner contrary to the law, including offences such as careless driving, or driving under the influence of excess alcohol. It would also include speeding offences.
The following quotes do not include VAT.
|1st hearing / case ends on same date||£500||Yes|
|Fully contested trial on 2nd hearing date||£2,000 (average)||No. Costs subject to complexity.|
|Single minor hearings in course of ongoing case||£200||Yes|
|If no fixed price agreed||£250 per hour||Yes|
|Crown Court cases||n/a (may be agreed on a case by case basis)||n/a|
The above fees are solely for the work of the fee earner preparing your case. They do not include the sourcing, instructing or work of any expert or other disbursement (external cost) that may be incurred. They also do not include any appeal or advice on appeal.
The usual work included would be to consider the evidence, meet with you and advise you. If the case is to proceed to a contested summary trial then the fee earner will take statements from you and, potentially, any relevant witnesses. The fee for a contested summary trial would include representation at the trial itself.
We will provide advice on possible sentences available to the court. Also, whether you have open to you the possibility of “exceptional hardship” and/or “special reasons” arguments.
If your case results in a conviction, due to a guilty plea or a finding of guilt at trial, the court may decide to sentence you on an alternative date. If that happens there would be further costs incurred. We would estimate those costs to be £900 for that extra hearing.
If a case proves to be particularly unusual or complex then we may have to depart from these fees, following a consultation with you. We set out below the sorts of issues that might increase costs
a) A large number of witnesses
b) Multiple pages of evidence from the prosecution
c) A complex or novel point of law
d) Non-local court
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