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Our fees: Motoring Offences

Please note our fees are subject to VAT, this tax is set by the UK government and is currently 20%.

We cannot emphasise enough the complexity and differences in what is required in a motoring offence case, in the first instance please contact us on 0191 243 8148 and we can outline the fee options available for your case.

We will attempt to provide you with a fixed fee for advice or court representation by specialist solicitors.  Please contact us to discuss pricing options; your fee will depend on a number of variables including:

  • Nature of the charge (s)
  • Location of court
  • Sentencing guidelines starting point
  • Whether you intend to plead guilty or not guilty
  • Anticipated length of the hearing
  • Level of solicitor conducting representation

Fixed Fee

Most clients opt to work on a fixed fee basis.  The fee depends on the variables listed above; we have several packages available for you to choose from and will be able to provide fee options once we have the details of your case.

Charge Average fixed fee range +VAT (guilty plea only)
Careless driving £250-700
Drink Driving £250-700
Drug Driving £250-700
Fail to identify driver £250-500
No insurance £250-500
Speeding £250-500
Using a mobile phone while driving £250-500

Our fees may be higher if your case is out of our area, urgent or you require exclusivity on the day of your hearing.

Our fees include the following key stages (guilty plea only):

  • Obtaining necessary information from Police / CPS
  • Legal Review and Analysis
  • Providing full advice on plea, mitigation and likely sentence including merits of any challenge to the evidence
  • Representation at Magistrates Court by a Specialist Solicitor including further hearings held on the same day
  • Written report and advice on outcome and initial advice on any potential appeal

The fixed fees above exclude (guilty plea only):

  • Instruction of any expert witnesses
  • Taking statements from any witnesses
  • Advice and assistance in relation to Exceptional Hardship and/or a Special Reasons hearing
  • Representation or further advice in relation to any appeal

Bespoke Fixed Fee

If you wish to plead not guilty, exceptional hardship or special reasons, we will provide a bespoke fixed fee depending on the above variables and the amount of work required.  Prices start from £600 + VAT. We will agree with you in advance what is to be included in your bespoke fixed fee.

Our estimate for a half day trial for the above types of motoring offence, based on 6-8 hours of work including taking your full instructions, preparation of your case and representation at court would be £1200-£1900 + VAT

Hourly Rate

The majority of our work is carried out under fixed fees. However, if you wish work to be undertaken on an hourly rate basis, our hourly rates are:

Senior specialist solicitor £250 + VAT
Specialist solicitor £ 210 + VAT
Paralegal £150 + VAT

The number of hours it will take to deal with your case can vary greatly; we will provide an estimate of hours once we have the details of your case, on average cases can take 10-20 hours. This will normally include time undertaken representing you at court, taking instructions from you and preparing your case. Travelling and waiting are charged at half the hourly rate.

Any expert witnesses will be asked to provide a quote of their costs in advance. Mileage will be charged at 45p per mile.

Timescale

  • We can usually offer same day appointments by zoom or phone to provide initial advice, if required
  • Full advice may depend on the availability of prosecution papers.The Crown Prosecution Service has a target of providing papers 5 days before the first hearing
  • We cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing which varies greatly depending on the court and priority given to your case

Legal Aid

David Gray Solicitors LLP has a Crime Legal Aid contract. If you are on low income please advise us and we will carry out a legal aid assessment. Please note for some road traffic offences, legal aid may be refused regardless of your income if there are no complexities.

Motoring work will be undertaken by our motoring team displayed below, all team members are supervised by Brian Hegarty.

Our Team

Janice Hall

Janice Hall

Solicitor

Sophie Allinson

Sophie Allinson

Solicitor

Michael Gibson

Michael Gibson

Solicitor

Amy Lamb

Amy Lamb

Solicitor

Josh Hart

Josh Hart

Trainee Solicitor

Hannah Mostoufi

Hannah Mostoufi

Paralegal

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