Road Traffic Offence Pricing

 
Road Traffic Pricing

The cost of undertaking work on your behalf in respect of a road traffic offence, will depend upon a number of factors. Firstly, it will depend upon whether it is your intention to plead guilty or not guilty to the offence. Secondly, it will depend upon the location of the Court that you need to attend. Thirdly, it will depend upon the experience of the solicitor undertaking the conduct of your case.

In respect of work carried out by a partner or a solicitor with over 8 years post qualification experience in criminal litigation matters, your costs will be calculated at the maximum rate of £170 per hour plus VAT. Martin Scarborough, David Smith and Colin Sleeman each have over 15 years post qualification experience in criminal litigation matters.

 

In respect of work carried out by a trainee solicitor or paralegal, your costs will be calculated at the maximum rate of £80 per hour plus VAT. Jade Hilton is a paralegal in the criminal justice department.

Once we know what your case is about, we will be able to estimate the likely number of hours of preparation which will be involved, and also the number of hours of hearing time that the case will take. We will then be able to give you an estimate of the likely cost to be incurred.

 

Guilty Plea

For a guilty plea, this is likely to range between £350 and £500 plus VAT. However, this estimate is given subject to matters possibly becoming more protracted, by for example the introduction of new evidence by the prosecution, requiring extra preparation work resulting in longer hearing time, or you instructing us to take any steps beyond those anticipated by us when first instructed.

In addition, depending on the nature of your case, you may expect to incur disbursements, for example, obtaining a back calculation report in respect of an allegation of driving with excess alcohol. (£180 plus VAT.)

 

We will keep you informed of the work we are doing, and revert to you if it appears our estimate is likely to be exceeded by 10%.

Before commencing work on your behalf, we would require a payment on account covering our preliminary time estimates, plus disbursements which it is anticipated will be incurred. This can be paid by way of credit card/ debit card, cash or cleared funds. Our Client account details are available upon request for you to arrange an online bank transfer if necessary.

 

Not Guilty Plea

For a not guilty plea, this is likely to range between £750 and £1,500 plus VAT. However, this estimate is given subject to matters possibly becoming more protracted, for example the introduction of new evidence by the prosecution, requiring extra preparation work and resulting in longer hearing time, or you instructing us to take any steps beyond those anticipated by us when first instructed.

In addition, depending on the nature of your case, you may expect to incur disbursements, for example, obtaining a back calculation report in respect of an allegation of driving with excess alcohol. (£180 plus VAT.)

We will keep you informed of the work we are doing, and revert to you if it appears our estimate is likely to be exceeded by 10%.

Before commencing work on your behalf, we would require a payment on account covering our preliminary time estimate, plus any disbursements which it is anticipated will be incurred. This can be paid by way of credit/debit card, cash or cleared funds. Our client account details are available upon request for you to arrange an online bank transfer if necessary.

 

Fixed Fees

It may be possible to undertake your case by agreeing a fixed fee in advance. A fixed fee can be agreed in relation to both guilty plea matters and not guilty plea matters. We are happy to discuss the possibility of you instructing us on a fixed fee basis, at the outset of your case. Please be aware that if we agree to take your case on a fixed fee basis, then that fee would be payable irrespective of the number of hours work undertaken by ourselves on your case.

Before commencing work on your behalf on a fixed fee basis, we would require payment of the fixed fee on account. This payment would cover any fixed fee agreed in relation to our costs, plus any disbursements which is anticipated will be incurred. This can be paid by way of credit/debit card, cash or cleared funds. Our client account details are available upon request for you to arrange an online bank transfer.