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We will always first assess if you are eligible for Legal Aid and will assist you with making an application.

However for most driving offences which are 'summary only' - meaning they can only be heard in the Magistrates Court - you are unlikely to obtain Legal Aid due to the eligibility criteria and would not therefore be covered by the scheme

We will advise you on your eligibility for Legal Aid once we ascertain the charges you face

If you are not eligible for Legal Aid we offer two options to fund your case privately

Option 1 - Fixed Fee

Fixed Fee – In some cases we are able to offer a fixed fee. This is dependent on the complexity of your case and the nature of your plea.  

A typical example of a fixed fee for a motoring offence/s in the Magistrates Court is as follows:

  • Attendance at a SINGLE hearing to deal with a guilty plea and mitigation and where travel time is not more than 30 minutes, the fixed fee cost is £325.00 + VAT.

  • The fixed fee would increase to £450.00 + VAT and disbursements (mileage and parking) if the travel time to court is over 30 minutes from our office.

The fixed fee arrangement is based on an estimate of approximately 3 hours total preparation and attendance time, plus representation at a SINGLE court hearing.

If we represent you at the first hearing on a fixed fee basis and your case is then adjourned to another date, for example, for sentence hearing, a trial or a special reasons/exceptional hardship argument, we will discuss this with you and explain any further fee you will need to pay to cover these.


Alternatively, having discussed your options with us you could choose to pay for the remainder of your case by hourly rate as listed below

Option 2 - Hourly Rates

Hourly Rates – We offer three levels of pricing depending on who you decide to instruct:

Instructing a Director £200 per hour *

Instructing a Solicitor + 5 years call £175 per hour *

Instructing a Junior Solicitor £150 per hour *

* Please note this price does not include VAT, mileage, parking and other costs which may be associated or required to progress your case such as obtaining expert reports. Any other costs of this nature will be discussed with you as your case progresses.

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