Fixed fees for attendance and representation at single hearings for sentence in the Magistrates Court
In cases which are not contested and where a guilty plea has been or will be entered and where no adjournment to a future date to contest and/or call evidence is expected we charge a fixed fee of £400 plus VAT. This totals £480 payable in full upon instruction and in advance of the hearing date.
Such cases are usually:
- Speeding offences and other offences where there is a likelihood the Magistrates will consider a discretionary disqualification, e.g. Speeding in excess of 30 mph above the relevant limit, being In Charge of a vehicle whilst over the prescribed limit, etc.
- Speeding and other offences where the magistrates are obliged to impose penalty points on your licence which will render you liable for disqualification under the “Totting Up” provisions unless the Court can be persuaded this will cause “Exceptional Hardship”.
- Cases where the Court has a discretion in the number of penalty points to be imposed depending on the perceived seriousness of the offence, e.g. Careless Driving 3-9 points, Failing to stop after an accident 5-10 points, Speeding 3-6 points, and No Insurance 6-8, particularly where this may impact upon the “Totting Up” calculation or where the New Driver provisions (disqualification at 6 points) apply.
- Cases where the Magistrates may consider Community Penalties or even a Custodial Sentence, e.g. Driving with Excess Alcohol or under the influence of Drugs, Disqualified Driving or Failing to stop after an accident, but where Legal Aid is not available because of your means.
The Fee include two hours attendance/preparation:
- Considering evidence
- Taking your instructions
- Providing advice on likely sentence
- Reporting to you in writing the result of the hearing and basic advice on sentence.
- Attendance and representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates Court
The Fee does not include:
- Instruction of any expert witness
- Taking statements from any witness
- Advice and assistance in relation to a “special reasons” hearing
- Advice and assistance in relation to a matter for trial
- Time and cost of travelling to a Court other than Coventry or Leamington Spa.
The following key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you have entered a guilty plea or will do so 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 charged at £200 plus VAT, a total of £240 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 will discuss the outcome with you. If formal advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost charged at £200 plus VAT, a total of £240 per hour.
Other hearings at the Magistrates Court
In cases where there has been an adjournment for an issue to be tried by the Magistrates, e.g. a Not Guilty plea or a “Special Reasons” hearing, we usually charge an hourly rate of £200 plus VAT, a total of £240 as the type, length and complexity of each case is too variable and unpredictable to fix a fee. In such cases we can provide you with an estimate of the costs involved. We may agree a fixed fee with you in simpler cases but this will always be in excess of our single hearing Fixed Fee described above.
Representation at the Magistrates Court is provided by our specialist Solicitor, Gurjit Singh, who have more than 50 years combined experience of advising and assisting clients in relation to motoring offences.