There are a number of matters which can influence the cost of representation at court namely complexity of the matter, seriousness of the charge, the number of witnesses, the length of the hearing, and the venue of the Magistrates court. The prices below are an indication of our fees starting with a simple matter based at Telford magistrates court. Courts further afield will incur additional charges which will be agreed in advance.
We are able to offer legal aid where appropriate.
Guilty plea and sentence : one court hearing £350.00 to £750.00 plus VAT
Special reasons hearing : one court hearing £500.00 to £950.00 plus VAT
Exceptional hardship : one court hearing £500.00 to £1,000.00 plus VAT
Motoring trial : one court hearing £600.00 to £1,500.00 plus VAT to include attendances, preparation and advocacy.
The fees do not include disbursements such as Expert Reports, Barrister fee and travel expenses.
There will be other instances where we will be pleased to offer fixed fees. However, where that is not possible, our hourly rate will apply. This ranges from £177.00 – £203.00 per hour plus VAT dependent upon the seniority and experience of the Solicitor involved.
The key stages of your matter based on the presumption that you have entered a Guilty plea and have a date for your hearing
The representation will include;
- Conference with your solicitor to provide instructions on your case.
- We will provide you with advice based upon your instructions in the available evidence.
- We will advise you on the court procedure and the sentencing options available to the court.
- We will undertake any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any queries that you have.
- We cannot provide the timescale when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing for that day.
- We will attend court on the day and meet with you before going before the court. We anticipate being at court for approximately 3 hours.
- We will discuss the outcome with you and advise you on the prospects of an appeal.
If you plead Not Guilty
The motoring trial fee will include attending upon you at the office to take your instructions on one occasion and thereafter to attend court on no more than two occasions the second being the trial hearing of no more than 6 hours.
A Magistrates court normally sits between 10.00 am and 5.00 pm.
A motoring case where a guilty plea is to be entered involves a hearing which typically lasts between 30 minutes to 1 hour. Where a contested hearing is required, dependent upon the amount of evidence to be called a hearing lasts between 2 to 4 hours.
Who will deal with my matter?
Please see the Motoring Law section of our website. Upon instruction you will be allocated a dedicated caseworker whose level of experience will be commensurate with the type of matter. All our staff are highly trained and receive constant updates and training on new areas of law and practice and procedure.