Motoring Offences Fixed Fees
As well as the outcome of your road traffic case being important to you, so will be your ability to know in advance the cost to you of our representation and what that price includes.
We will always provide you with advice as to your entitlement to legal aid. If this can be granted in the Magistrates’ Court then our advice and representation will be free of charge to you.
Where legal aid is not available we have helped you by setting out the details of the motoring offences fixed fees that we offer to deal with straightforward cases before the Magistrates’ Courts at Nottingham, Mansfield, Derby and Chesterfield.
We are still able to represent you if your case is being heard at a court other than these. The cost of our representation will be based on these motoring offences fixed fees. The core cost to you will remain the same but a higher fee will be fixed including travel costs. We aim to make our specialist motoring law advice and representation available at more distant courts.
Each fixed fee set out below is inclusive of VAT and includes preparation for the Magistrates’ Court hearing including advice and collation of evidence, representation at court by one of our specialist solicitors and advice on appeal if that is necessary.
We usually require payment on account for our fees in advance of the work being undertaken. Please talk to us if you wish to request a payment plan for payment over a period of time. This will depend upon the type of case and the timescale involved.
Representation at court upon Guilty plea with sentence at a single hearing
£480 inclusive of VAT
Representation at court upon guilty plea with sentence at a separate hearing
£720 inclusive of VAT
Not guilty plea and half day trial
£1,800 inclusive of VAT
Not guilty plea and full day trial
£2,400 inclusive of VAT
Additional day or part day of trial
£720 inclusive of VAT
Exceptional hardship argument to avoid disqualification
£900 inclusive of VAT
Special reasons argument to avoid disqualification
Fees as for trials
Half day – £1,800 inclusive of VAT
Full day – £2,400 inclusive of VAT
Additional day or part day – £720 inclusive of VAT
Appeal to the Crown Court
Appeal against sentence – £1,020 inclusive of VAT
Additional Expenses In addition, some cases will involve the instruction of experts to provide reports such as ‘back calculations’ where you are alleging post-driving consumption of alcohol. The fee for these reports is not included in the fixed-fess set out above, and there will be an additional cost, often in the region of £300 inclusive of VAT.
Representation at a more distant court will incur an additional expense of £60 per hour inclusive for travel time. Any mileage to more distant courts will be at the inclusive rate of £0.54 per mile with additional disbursements such as parking.
Although unlikely, some cases may be particularly complicated and therefore unsuited to a fixed fee approach. We will identify such cases immediately and provide you with separate advice as to the likely cost to conclusion.
The Benefits of our expert representation for your motoring law case
Although there may be a temptation to represent yourself, bearing in mind the cost of legal fees, our solicitors are experts in securing the best result for you.
They each have an excellent tactical awareness of how to best put your case before the Magistrates’ Court and will present any argument in a convincing, persuasive and compelling way. They will ensure that any necessary supporting documentation is before the court.
The effect of a conviction and driving ban can acutely effect both you private and work life, so you may wish to think very carefully when choosing whether or not to have legal representation.
Our Motoring Law Solicitors
We believe that it is important that you are able to see the experience of our solicitors who will represent you at court for road traffic matters. As a result we have published full profiles for all of our lawyers. You can read about the solicitor dealing with you case by following this link.