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Introduction

We undertake legally-aided work as well as private client work. You may be entitled to criminal legal aid subject to a criminal legal aid application. If you do not qualify for legal aid, we will be happy to provide a quote for private fees. Our rates are very reasonable.

In the Magistrates’ Court, legal aid is subject to both a merits and means test. Legal aid in the Crown Court is also means-tested. You will normally be granted legal aid but, depending on your means, you may be required to pay a financial contribution, should such a situation arise we are happy to discuss private fee arrangements. Sometimes it can actually be more cost effective to instruct a solicitor on a private basis.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any queries regarding legal aid.

Motoring Offences

As part of our professional rules, we aim to ensure that anyone wishing to use our Motoring Offences services has the information they need to make an informed choice of legal services provider, including understanding what the costs may be.

The above represent the starting fees for this type of work and there may be additional factors in your case that increase the fees.

Free Initial Telephone Discussion

This Initial Telephone Discussion is free. The call helps us to assess your case and we will let you know if it is a case that we will be able to help you with. Please feel free to call us on 0113 2455000 or e-mail on mail@kamransolicitors.co.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Initial Advice Only

We would normally conduct this work on a fixed fee basis. Each case is different and we will provide you with a quotation tailored to your requirements.

Our fees (from) £300
VAT on above at 20% £60
Totals costs (from) £360

Our initial advice includes: receiving your papers, considering your case and advising you either by telephone or at our office. This will include initial advice on possible defences and a likely sentence, if pleading guilty.

Written Guilty Plea

We would normally conduct this work on a fixed fee basis. Each case is different and we will provide you with a quotation tailored to your requirements.

Our fees (from) £500
VAT on above at 20% £100
Totals costs (from) £600

As initial advice (above) but also includes the management of your case and bringing it to a conclusion by submission of a written guilty plea. This will additionally include preparing a letter in mitigation and communicating with the court on your behalf.

Court Appearance: Guilty Plea

We would normally conduct this work on a fixed fee basis. Each case is different and we will provide you with a quotation tailored to your requirements.

Our fees £500 – £1,500
VAT on above at 20% £100 – £300
Totals costs £600 – £1,800

As Written Guilty Plea matters (above) but also includes the cost of representing you at court on a guilty plea, (assuming only one hearing). This will include meeting you at court and dealing with your case as a priority on the day. The above represent the starting fees for this type of work and there may be additional factors in your case that increase the fees such as representation at a non-local court.

Court Appearance: Exceptional Hardship Cases

Ordinarily anyone who receives 12 or more penalty points via ‘totting up’ procedures is liable for disqualification from driving. However, it may be possible to avoid a disqualification by successfully arguing ‘exceptional hardship’ before the court. We would normally conduct this work on a fixed fee basis. Each case is different and we will provide you with a quotation tailored to your requirements.

Our fees £1,000 – £2,000
VAT on above at 20% £200 – £400
Totals costs £1,200 – £2,400

Our team can provide expert representation in such cases. This includes a conference call, as required, and the preparation of written submissions to the Court to assist your evidence, attending upon you on the day at court and presenting your case to the court. We will advise you on your rights of appeal, if necessary.

Court Hearing: Special Reasons Argument

In certain road traffic matters it can be argued that despite an individual’s guilt to the offence there are ‘special reasons’ whereby the subsequent penalty can be avoided altogether or reduced. Our team can provide expert representation in such matters, which can be very technical. We would normally conduct this work on a fixed fee basis. Each case is different and we will provide you with a quotation tailored to your requirements.

Our fees £1,000 – £3,000
VAT on above at 20% £200 – £600
Totals costs £1,200 – £3,600

Our services would include initial consultations, preparatory work for the hearing and representing you at the hearing.

Court Hearing: Not Guilty Trial

We are regularly instructed to challenge cases at trial. Typically, these involve costs of £2,000 (plus £400 VAT) and the costs of any expert’s reports. In every trial case we will provide you with a detailed costs estimate. We would normally conduct this work on a fixed fee basis. Each case is different and we will provide you with a quotation tailored to your requirements.

Our fees £1,000 – £5,000
VAT on above at 20% £200 – £1,000
Totals costs £1,200 – £6,000

Please note that the above fees are legal fees and exclude disbursements for expert reports and medical records. Furthermore, these fees are purely for indicative purposes and are subject to a formal consultation and assessment of your case.

Key stages involved in Summary Only Guilty Pleas matters

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. They typically include:

· Meet with you to provide instructions on what happened;

· Consider initial disclosure, and any other evidence and provide advice;

· Arranging to take any witness statements. This would be charged on an hourly rates basis at the charging rates set out in the table below;

· 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;

· Conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you, if necessary, and answer any follow up queries you have;

· Attend court on the day, meet with you before going before the court. We anticipate being at court for half a day.

· Discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.

Additional Costs (Disbursements)

Disbursements are costs related to the matter that are payable to third parties, such as: counsel’s fees, courier costs, travel costs, etc. and do not make up our legal fees. We expect client to make a payment on account in advance of us instructing an expert.

Typically, experts may be called to conduct alcohol back calculations, lung function tests and drug calculations, for example. Disbursements will vary from matter to matter, some will attract VAT while others may not. On a guilty plea matter, for example, disbursements will usually only include travel costs if we need to represent you at a non-local court. On trial matters there may be counsel or experts’ fees involved as set out below.

For a typical not guilty plea matter, we would expect to see some (or all) of the following disbursements:

· Counsel’s fees;

· Expert fees;

· Added value service fees (such as fees for expedited trials);

· Photocopying;

· Costs of travel to and from hearings or offsite meetings. Travel costs being fares, parking charges or mileage at £0.45p per mile (plus £0.09 per mile VAT)

Very occasionally an expert report may be required in such cases the likely cost of which is likely to range from £750 – £2000 (plus VAT of £150 – £400 at 20%). Should counsel be instructed to conduct the trial their fees will also be classed as a disbursement and will range from between £500 – £1500 (plus VAT of £100 – £300 at 20%), depending on the nature and complexity of the matter.

Hourly Rate Matters

Some matters will not be suitable for fixed fee arrangements and we will need to work on an hourly rates basis. We would need to assess your case before we are able to give a more accurate time and cost estimate. An indication of our hourly rates is set out below. The rates that apply will depend on who deals with your matter, the complexity of the case, time estimate and court location. Our fees would not be inclusive of travel, mileage or disbursements, which may include expert reports.

Description                                                                                    Rate                 VAT at 20%    
Preparation, attendances and hearings £250.00 per hour £50.00 per hour
Travel and waiting £150.00 per hour £30.00 per hour
Letters, telephone calls and emails £15.00 per item £3.00 per item
Mileage and disbursements recoverable as incurred £0.45 per mile £0.09 per mile

How long will my case take?

It is very difficult to provide a precise timescale of when your hearing will take place. Summary-only road traffic cases take between one week and three months to conclude depending on the court listings. Most offences of this nature when someone pleads guilty can be dealt with at a single hearing.

Most cases of this nature where a not guilty plea is entered will require two hearings: a plea and case management hearing then the trial itself. Depending on how busy the Court is then your trial may not be listed for 2-6 months.

Our Motoring Offences Team

Please see the staff profiles elsewhere on our website for details of the skills, knowledge and experience of our lawyers.

Notes

A summary only offence is an offence which can only be tried in the magistrates’ court. There are exceptions. Under the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (CJA 1988) offences specified in the Act can be tried on indictment by a jury if they are linked to an offence triable only in the Crown Court. The principal summary only offences are:

· driving whilst disqualified

· careless and inconsiderate driving

· failing to give information as to the identity of the driver

· failing to stop or report, and

· speeding.

Special Reasons pertain exclusively to situations where the accused has been found or has pleaded guilty and now faces disqualification unless he/she can persuade the Court that the circumstances of the offence are such that it would be unjust to impose a ban.

An exceptional hardship hearing is where the accused has been found or has pleaded guilty and now faces disqualification unless they can persuade the Court that a disqualification would cause them or others exceptional hardship

Last updated: November 2023