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.
Our hourly rates are as follows:
• Senior solicitor £250.00 plus VAT*
• Solicitor £225.00 plus VAT*
• Senior Paralegal £200.00 plus VAT*
• Paralegal £175.00 plus VAT*
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 or Stevenage Magistrates’ Court) our usual fixed-fee would be £500 plus travel disbursements at 45p/mile and parking (a total of approximately £12.20 for St Albans and £25.70 for Stevenage) 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 £1,200 plus VAT* in addition to an initial conference.
The costs of representation at trial 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.
*VAT is currently charged at the rate of 20%