Motoring and Road Traffic Offences

We have over 30 years’ experience of dealing with all aspects of motoring and road traffic law.

If you have been arrested or summonsed for a road traffic offence, we will use our expertise and knowledge of the law and court procedure to help you achieve the best possible outcome. You can choose the level of service you require at every stage of the process.

Our lawyers have defended all types of motoring prosecution throughout England and Wales. This includes successfully persuading the court not to endorse penalty points and not to disqualify someone from driving.

We can to assist nationwide with all motoring offences including (although not limited to) the following:

  • Speeding
  • Driving while using a mobile phone
  • No insurance
  • Dangerous driving
  • Careless driving
  • Exceptional hardship / Totting up
  • Special reasons
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Failing to stop or report an accident
  • Failing to produce driver details

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Our Price Transparency Policy for Summary Only Motoring Offences

We aim to be as transparent as possible when it comes to our charges. The following guide sets out the costs you can expect to pay in a summary only motoring offence case.

Summary only motoring offences are those offences that can only be dealt with in the Magistrates’ Court and cannot be dealt with in the Crown Court. It includes the motoring offences listed above with the exception of dangerous driving.

Our Prices for Summary Only Motoring Offences and What to Expect

Fixed fees

For advice and representation at the Magistrates’ Court – single hearing guilty plea

Our fixed fee for a single hearing guilty plea and sentence is as follows:

Our fees £750
VAT on above at 20% £150
Total costs     £900

 

This includes up to two hours preparation work including a meeting with you to take instructions and provide advice (either in person at our offices or by telephone or video), review of the papers and attendance at court for no more than half a day by an experienced lawyer. We will discuss the outcome with you.

If the case is not being dealt with at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, you will also be charged for the time it takes us to travel to and from the court. This is generally charged at £300 per hour, plus £60 VAT making a total of £360 per hour. We will be happy to agree a fixed travel time fee with you once we know where the hearing will take place. This will give you the reassurance of knowing the total amount that you will have to pay in advance.

 

Fixed fees

For advice and representation at the Magistrates’ Court – single hearing not guilty plea

Our fixed fee for a trial involving a day’s hearing is as follows:

Our fees £1,500
VAT on above at 20% £300
Total costs     £1,800

 

This includes up to four hours of preparation work including meeting with you in person at our offices, reviewing the evidence, taking instructions from a witness, liaising with the court and prosecution about your case and representation at the trial by an experienced lawyer. We will discuss the outcome with you.

If your case involves more than one witness or more than half a day’s attendance at court or is particularly complex, we will agree an additional fee with you in advance. This will include cases where you are facing disqualification and either ‘exceptional hardship’ or ‘special reasons’ arguments are being advanced. Our average fixed fee in these cases is as follows:

Our fees (from) £2,500
VAT on above at 20% £500
Total costs     £3,000

 

If the case is not being dealt with at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, you will also be charged for the time it takes us to travel to and from the court. This is generally charged at £300 per hour, plus £60 VAT making a total of £360 per hour. We will be happy to agree a fixed travel time fee with you once we know where the hearing will take place. This will give you the reassurance of knowing the total amount that you will have to pay in advance.

Fixed fees

For advice only in connection with a ‘summary only’ motoring offence (not including representation at court)

Our fixed fee for one hour’s work is as follows:

Our fees £300
VAT on above at 20% £60
Total costs     £360

 

This includes up to one hour’s attendance on you in person at our offices or by telephone or video to take your instructions, review any documentation and to provide advice about plea or sentence.

For cases which require more work (but where you do not require representation at court), we will agree an additional fixed fee with you in advance. This will depend on the amount of work to be carried out but will be based on the hourly rate of £300 plus £60 VAT making a total of £360 per hour.

Additional expenses (‘Disbursements’)

Disbursements are costs arising in connection with the matter that are payable to third parties, such as: counsel’s fees, expert’s fees, courier costs, travel costs, etc. which are not included in our legal fees.

For the majority of guilty plea summary only offences, the only disbursements which apply relate to travelling costs where the case is being heard outside Birmingham.

Disbursements are more likely to apply in not guilty plea cases as, for example, experts may be called to conduct alcohol back calculations, lung function tests and drug calculations, etc. The cost of any disbursements varies significantly from matter to matter depending on the type of work involved and the amount of time involved. Also, some disbursements attract VAT at 20% while others do not. In most cases, disbursements will be in the region of £1000 to £3000. Where VAT applies, this would typically be between £200-£600.

Please note that if the case is not being dealt with at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, you may also be charged for our travel costs such as train fares, parking charges or mileage at £0.45p per mile (plus £0.09 per mile VAT).

If counsel is instructed to conduct the trial, counsel’s fees will also be classed as a disbursement. These typically range from between £500 – £1500 (plus VAT of £100 – £300 at 20%), depending on the nature and complexity of the matter.

Key stages involved in ‘summary only’ guilty plea motoring offence cases

Based on the presumption a guilty plea has been entered and a date for the hearing has been allocated, the key stages typically include:

  • Meeting with you to get your instructions about has happened;
  • Considering initial disclosure, and any other evidence and providing advice;
  • Arranging to take any witness statements. This would be charged at the hourly rate of £300 plus £60 VAT at 20%;
  • Explaining 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;
  • Conducting any further preparatory work including obtaining further instructions from you, if necessary, and answering any follow up queries you have;
  • Attending court on the day of the hearing, meeting with you prior to going into the hearing. In these cases, we anticipate being at court for half a day.

Discussing the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.

Time estimates

The time it takes for the court to deal with a motoring offence case varies according to the location of the court and the nature of the charge. In Birmingham, the hearing date is usually two to four weeks after you have been summonsed or charged. If the court adjourns the case for trial, the trial will generally take place approximately three to four months (Birmingham cases). This can vary significantly in those cases where the availability of any experts or other witnesses is a consideration.

VAT

VAT is charged on our costs at 20%. Where we have agreed with you to instruct a barrister or expert, they may also charge VAT on their fee. This will depend on the individual or company instructed.

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