Service and Fees

SCOPE OF SERVICE

Most motoring offences are dealt with by Magistrates Courts. I can advise you, and represent you in court, if you are charged with such a motoring offence. Examples include driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, careless driving, failing to stop or report, and speeding.

More serious motoring offences, for example dangerous driving or causing death or serious injury by careless driving, may be sent to the Crown Court. In Crown Court cases, I can represent you if you have decided to not to use the Legal Aid scheme.

TIMESCALES

I will aim to meet with you in person or by other means within a week of your first contacting me. If you require written advice on your case (most of my clients don’t) I will aim to provide you with this within three working days of our meeting. 

If your case is very urgent, for example if your hearing is imminent, please let me know so that I can react promptly.

These time scales may be seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which has disrupted the operation of all courts and I will try to give you fuller information specific to your case at the time of your enquiry.

EXAMPLE FEES

I charge fixed fees for all work in motoring law cases. This means I will charge a set amount for a given piece of work.

I will always quote a fee particular to your case. Some cases are simple and some more complex, requiring more preparatory work. For that reason fees for individual cases can vary and the fee I quote in your case may therefore be lower or higher than these illustrative estimates.

Your case may not need every item of work mentioned in the table below, and we may also decide that you will do some of the work yourself, in which case you only pay me only for the work that I do.

These estimates cover cases heard at Carlisle or Workington Magistrates Courts (additional travel and expenses may be charged for cases heard at other locations).

The fees are shown in full and there is no VAT to add (I am not a VAT registered business).

Initial meeting to advise on your case

£150

Written advice on your case (not usually required)

£150

Complete single justice procedure forms

£150

First appearance (pre-trial court appearance)

£450

Guilty plea and mitigation at court

£600

First and each subsequent day of Magistrates Court Trial

£900

Representation  at “Special Reasons” or “Exceptional Hardship” hearing

£750