Road Traffic Offences – Pricing Guide

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£500Yes
Fully contested trial on 2nd hearing date£2,000 (average)No. Costs subject to complexity.
Single minor hearings in course of ongoing case£200Yes
If no fixed price agreed£250 per hourYes
Crown Court casesn/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.

Contested Summary Trial

If your case is to proceed to a contested summary trial we normally provide the following service within our quote;

  • Meet with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened.
  • We will consider initial disclosure, and any other evidence and provide advice.
  • Arranging to take any witness statements if necessary (this may have an additional cost if significant numbers of witnesses are involved).
  • We will explain the court procedure to you so you know what to expect on the day of your hearing, and the sentencing options available to the court.
  • We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you have.
  • We cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on when it is listed by the court.
  • We will attend court on the day and meet with you before going into court. We anticipate being at court for half a day. We will discuss the outcome with you.
  • If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.

If the case were not to proceed to trial on the date it is set, this will incur additional costs.


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.

Additional Fees

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

All of the qualified solicitors in our criminal department take on these sorts of cases. Their experience is set out in their personal profiles on this website.

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