Competitive and flexible fee options

 

Funding Motoring Law Cases

When you call our offices, one of our staff will take some brief details about you and your case which will be passed to one of our solicitors. You will then be telephoned by one of our solicitors who will provide you with some brief, preliminary advice free of charge. As we receive a large volume of enquiries and because this is a free service, we do limit these calls to 5 minutes.

Generally legal aid is not available for motoring cases, save for some serious or complex cases where a person is also financially eligible. More often than not, motoring cases are privately funded.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority Transparency Rules require us to publish details of costs for the provision of advice and representation at the magistrates’ court in relation to summary only offences dealt with at a single hearing.

Fixed Fees

We often represent clients on a fixed-fee basis. The fee is calculated on the basis of the amount of work we believe will be involved in a case. For straight forward not guilty/guilty plea case dealt with in one of our local courts (St Albans Magistrates’ Court) our usual fixed-fee would be £650 plus VAT and travel disbursements at 45p/mile and parking (a total of approximately £12.20 for St Albans) and VAT*. This fee includes:

Obtaining and considering evidence
Taking your instructions at court
Advising you regarding the strength of evidence, plea and likely sentence
Representation in court in a single hearing

If a pre-court conference is required, an additional fee of £275 plus VAT* will be charged.

More lengthy and complex cases such as an exceptional hardship or special reasons hearing would attract a fixed-fee in the region of £1,250 plus VAT* in addition to an initial conference.

The costs of representation at trial/special reasons would usually start at £2,500 plus disbursements and VAT*, the cost being dependant upon the complexity of the case and the length of trial.

It is difficult to give any sort of timescale as to how long any case will take to conclude as this depends on the court listing system.

Typical disbursements consist of mileage to court from our offices in Hemel Hempstead and parking. Where expert evidence is required, the typical cost of a forensic toxicology report would be in the region of £275 plus VAT. Additional fees would be incurred if the expert was required to attend court which would typically be in the region £500 to £1,000 depending 1,000 plus VAT for the day.

Hourly rates

If we are not representing you for a fixed fee, our hourly rates are as follows:

Senior solicitors Tina Wagon, Martin Crawford-Brown and Dhiraj Bance – £250 plus VAT
Solicitors Jenny Kabala and Aleksandra Sobieraj – £225 plus VAT

It is difficult to say how long a case will take to conclude as each one depends upon the complexity of the case, the number of witnesses, whether expert evidence is required and the length of time the hearing takes in court and any waiting at court. The following is an approximate guide:

Driving with excess alcohol, guilty plea, no expert evidence and dealt with in one hearing without a pre-sentence report 3 hours plus travel at half rate estimated cost £675 – £750*
Speeding, guilty plea 3 hours estimated cost £675.00 – £750.00*
Exceptional hardship argument with no additional witnesses 5 hours estimated cost £1125 – £1,250*
Trial/special reasons argument with no additional witnesses or expert evidence 10 hours estimated cost £2,250 – £2,500*
*plus disbursements and VAT which is currently charged at the rate of 20%.

Typical disbursements consist of mileage to court from our offices in Hemel Hempstead and parking. Where expert evidence is required, the typical cost of a forensic toxicology report would be in the region of £275 plus VAT. Additional fees would be incurred if the expert was required to attend court which would typically be in the region £500 to £1,000 depending 1,000 plus VAT for the day.

Supervisors Tina Wagon and Martin Crawford-Brown

Please call 01442 242999 for a free consultation or email us at enquiry@wheldonlaw.co.uk.

*VAT is currently charged at the rate of 20%

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