The vast majority of cases that we deal with include offences that would allow for an application to be made for a Legal Aid Representation Order. In these cases we would assist you in making such an application.
Some offences do not meet the criteria set out to obtain a Legal Aid Representation Order. These offences, in the main, are summary only Road Traffic Offences. We have introduced a Fixed Fee payment scheme which includes the following;
Fixed Fee – Summary Only Road Traffic Offences – When pleading Guilty – fixed fee £450 + VAT.
Including: Speeding, No Insurance, Drink Driving offences
2 hours attendance/preparation:
taking your instructions
providing advice on likely sentence
Attendance and representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates Court
The fee does not include:
Any Travel expenses that are incurred in conducting your case or time spent travelling to and from Court.
instruction of any expert witnesses
taking statements from any witnesses
advice and assistance in relation to a special reasons hearing
presentation of an exceptional hardship application where a separate hearing is required
advice or assistance in relation to any appeal
The key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you have entered a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing.
Meet with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened.
We will consider initial disclosure, and any other evidence and provide advice.
Arranging to take any witness statements if necessary (this will have an additional cost, of £202 per hour).
We will explain 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.
We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you have.
We cannot provide a timescale of 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 [e.g. half a day].
We will discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.
Other Fees that are not within a Fixed Fee arrangement
We are able to provide detailed estimates upon request for the cost of representing you in matters before the Court. We offer very competitive fees and arrangements can be made for payments to be made by instalments. We would encourage you to contact our office directly about your case on 01472 355262.