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1.The Solicitors’ Regulatory Authority requires us to provide details of our fees concerning summary only road traffic offences. Our objective is not only to provide such material but assure you that our team of lawyers offer over 100 years combined experience to our clients and you can be assured of confident, knowledgeable and effective representation, irrespective of whether you are paying for our services privately or have the benefit of legal aid.   We have been established as a leading practice for almost 50 years.


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3.The majority of the offences can only be dealt with in a Magistrates' Court, they are referred to as “summary-only” offences.


Summary of Motoring Offences:

By way of illustration the matters listed below are the most common motoring offences dealt with in the Magistrates’ Court.


1.Totting up which relates to an accumulation of penalty points and a plea of exceptional hardship to avoid disqualification.

2.Speeding: Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, s.89 (10).

3.Excess alcohol (drive/attempt to drive): Road Traffic Act 1988, s.5 (1) (a).

4.Careless driving (drive without due care and attention): Road Traffic Act 1988, s.3.

5.No insurance: Road Traffic Act 1988, s.143.

6.Special reasons for non disqualification.

7.Drive whilst disqualified.

8.Breach of construction and use regulations.

9.Notice of intended prosecution and requests for information (non-compliance).

10.The use, whilst driving, of a hand-held mobile phone or other device.  The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No 4) Regulations 2003.

11.Fail to provide specimen for analysis (in charge).  Road Traffic Act 1988, s.7 (6) Road Traffic Act 1988, s.7 (6)

12.Fail to stop/report road accident. Road Traffic Act 1988 s.170 (4)

13.Unfit through drink or drugs (drive/attempt to drive) Road Traffic Act 1988, s.4 (1).

14.Unfit through drink or drugs (in charge). Road Traffic Act 1988, s.4 (2).


Legal aid may be available for some of these matters and we will always help you to apply in appropriate circumstances.  In cases where legal aid is not available, either because of the nature of the charge or because of financial ineligibility, we will represent you on a privately funded basis.  It is unrealistic to suggest how much each individual case will cost a client.  The amount of time spent on a matter will depend, for instance, on the weight of the evidence, its nature and complexity, the number of hearings involved and the location of the Court.  Matters may occasionally be delayed or prolonged owing to circumstances outside our control and in such cases we may need to request further funds to cover additional work.  Our fees will cover considering the evidence, attending upon you and advising on procedures and evidence along with plea and sentence, interviewing witnesses, and representation at Court.


Disbursements will be additional to any agreed fee or hourly rate.  In some cases we may need to instruct an expert for example to carry out a “back calculation” in drink driving cases.  We will discuss the appropriate fees with you prior to proceeding with the work but in the above example the usual experts we use charge an average of £200 to £300 plus VAT for an appropriate advice.


The fees in relation to advice and representation in matters of this nature will range between £1,000 plus VAT to £3,000 plus VAT depending on the above factors.  A plea of guilty does not involve the cost and preparation relating to a contested trial.  In many cases we can look to agree a global fee to cover all reasonably anticipated work.  Many clients prefer this option.  This may or may not include the retention of  Counsel.  Our fee would include an advice on appeal if required.


We are happy to provide a preliminary fixed fee interview for general advice relating to a matter in our office for a fixed fee of £150.00 plus VAT.  This would ordinarily involve in the region of 30 minutes expenditure of time.


We will usually require cleared funds on account before attending Court instructing Counsel and we may agree to payments by installments in suitable cases.  


Key stages in the process will be establishing appropriate fees (guilty or not guilty to charges) and thereafter managing the case through the full Court process.  A plea of guilty should be dealt with on a first appearance, unless it is adjourned for the involvement of the Probation Service which can involve an adjournment for 3 to 4 weeks for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.  A plea of  not guilty will have to be tendered ordinarily on a first appearance in Court, although it can occasionally be dealt with in some Courts on an administrative basis.  Thereafter time will be set aside for a hearing date and typically in  London that can involve a delay of some 3 to 4 months after the first hearing.  This period of time varies throughout the country but it inevitably is longer than 2 months.


Adjournments for various reasons will often involve further delay.  We are pro-active and understand the pressure that is brought to bear on those involved in lengthy judicial process.  We endevour to avoid it.


Our client care letter will explain the process of recovering legal costs in the event of a successful defence.