Pricing and Services Information for Motoring Offences
Having to deal with attending court for motoring offences may seem daunting. We are to here to assist you throughout the entire process .
Initially we are duty bound to discuss and consider whether you will qualify for legal aid. If you qualify for legal aid, there is no charge for the work we carry out on your behalf.
In all other cases, we charge £400 plus VAT for representation in relation to summary-only motoring offences at Magistrates Courts in the Leicestershire area.
This fee includes:
- 2 hours of attendance and preparation at our offices
- Taking your instructions
- providing advice on likely outcome and sentence
- to represent you at one single hearing
Please note that this fee does not include:
- instructing expert witnesses
- travelling away from the office
- taking statements from other witnesses
- advice and assistance for a special reasons hearing
- advice and assistance in relation to an appeal
If your case cannot be concluded at the first hearing, depending on the fee earner who carries out the work, a further fixed fee will be charged:
- A senior Solicitor with over 8 years of experience namely Mr Raza Sakhi will charge a further fixed fee of £3000.00 plus VAT
- A Solicitor with 4 years’ experience and up to 8 years’ experience namely Mr Ziyad Lunat, Mr Ishtiaq Sarwar and Ms Amena Aijaz will charge a further fixed fee of £2000.00 plus VAT
- All other solicitors and paralegals will charge a further fixed fee of £1500.00 plus VAT. They will be supervised by Mr Raza Sakhi or Mr Ziyad Lunat.
We will keep you fully informed of the costs incurred as your case progresses.
If you plead not guilty and are acquitted, we can apply for a defence costs order from central funds.
Any further work that does not fall within the agreed costs will be explained to you before any work is initiated.
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 and would usually involve the following:
- Meeting with a solicitor to provide your instructions
- The provision of an advice after considering the initial disclosure and any other evidence.
- Explaining court procedure to you so you know what to expect on the day of your hearing and the sentencing options available to the court.
- Conducting any preparatory work that we consider to be necessary in readiness for the Hearing.
- Obtaining further instructions from you if necessary and answering any follow up queries you have.
- Arranging to take any witness statements if necessary (this will have an additional cost, of £150 plus VAT per witness).
- Attending court on the day and meeting with you before going into the court. We anticipate being at court for half a day. If the Court are unable to accommodate the case on the day suggested or adjourn the case to be concluded on another date, then an additional fee will be payable.
- Discussing the outcome with you. We would usually provide our initial view on the question of an appeal in the final letter that we would send to you. If detailed advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost. For example, an appeal mechanism called ‘an appeal by way of case stated’.. If such an appeal avenue exists, then this will require specific advice and would be the subject of an additional fee.
We are unable to provide an exact timescale of what time your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing for that day but will keep you fully updated.
Please note that you can also agree with us a fixed fee rather than be charged hourly rates.