We offer a free 10 minute telephone consultation with a Solicitor. (NB – we cannot give specific legal advice about your matter and this does not constitute a ‘retainer’). During this call we should be able to assess whether or not you are likely to be eligible for Legal Aid.
We firmly believe in costs certainty and transparency for our clients. There will be no hidden costs or surprises at the conclusion of the case. We accept that attending at Court or a Police Station is stressful enough without having to “clock watch” if the case takes some time to proceed. If we cannot be sure that you will qualify for Legal Aid for the appointment we will then offer you a fixed fee appointment to discuss the specifics of your case. If you qualify for Legal Aid for the appointment, our assistance may cost you nothing. You must bring all relevant paperwork with you to enable us to make this decision.
We will be in a position to then provide you with initial advice about the future progress of your matter and will offer you a fixed fee quote for representation throughout the case if you are not eligible for public funding. This means that you will never receive an unexpected bill from us.
Our fees are determined on an Hourly rate of £200 (plus VAT) per hour. That is the basis of how we calculate our invoices. We will always endeavour having viewed the case to give you a fixed fee quote calculated at that rate, as early in the case as reasonably possible.
Fixed fee for motoring matters that can only be dealt with in Carlisle Magistrates Court where a guilty plea has, or will be entered by you, which will be dealt with by one court hearing.
Our Fees – £400 plus VAT (£80) Total – £480
There are literally hundreds of motoring offences; Too many to list here. This fee would cover the following most common types of case:
- ‘Drink driving’ offences
- ‘Drug driving’ offences
- Speeding offences, including:
- ‘Exceptional hardship’ arguments
- ‘Excessive speed likely to lead to disqualification’ offences
- Applications to a Magistrates’ Court for early return of a driving licence
- Careless driving offences sometimes referred to as ‘Driving without Due Care and Attention’
- Most non Commercial Vehicle condition offences.
- Driving whilst disqualified, without insurance. MOT or an excise licence
- Failing to stop after a collision or when required to do so by a police officer in uniform
- Failing to report a collision to the police.
- Failing to notify the identify of driver under s172 Road Traffic Act 1988
This Fee includes:
(The following key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you have entered a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing)
- Meeting with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened. This can be at our office, or for your convenience via telephone or email
- Us considering initial disclosure, and any other evidence and providing advice to you.
- Us 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
- Us conducting any further preparatory work, obtaining further instructions from you if necessary, and answering any follow up queries you have
- Us attending court on the day and meeting with you before going before the court. We anticipate being at court for half a day. (Please note that we cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing for that day)
- Us discussing the outcome with you and formally confirming the same in writing. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.
The fee does not include:
- Advice, Assistance and Representation in relation to: –
- A ‘Special Reasons’ hearing, or
- A ‘Newton’ Hearing (sometimes referred to as a ‘Trial of Issue’) or any other contested hearing where evidence will be called. We will explain to you before accepting instructions if this applies to your case and will quote you a bespoke fixed fee for conducting that work.
- Instruction of any expert witnesses
- Taking statements from any witnesses. (Arranging to take any witness statements, if necessary, at our office, via the telephone or other electronic media will incur an additional cost, of £200 per witness plus VAT).
- Advice or Assistance in relation to any Appeal.
- Travel to any Court other than Carlisle in Cumbria. There will be a minimum charge of £200 plus VAT travel to any other court. Additional travel charges will be calculated at a rate of £100 per hour, to a maximum of £1000 plus VAT.