Price transparency – Motoring offences (summary offences)
IMD Solicitors LLP does not have a legal aid contract and does not offer representation on legally aided basis. All of our work is carried out on a private agreed fee basis.
The price transparency policy is for assistance in relation to summary only motoring offences (cases heard at the Magistrates Court only) under Part 1 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and s89 of the Traffic Regulation Act 1984. Examples include:
- Driving whilst disqualified
- Driving without insurance
- Careless and inconsiderate driving
- Driving whist over prescribed alcohol limit
- Failing to give information as to the identity of the driver
- Driving whist using your mobile phone
In most cases we will agree fee with you in advance before we will carry any of the work. It is difficult to be prescriptive because each case will depend on a number of factors such as seriousness of the case, the location of the court hearing, whether you plead guilty or not guilty and the quantity of the paperwork sent to us by the Prosecution at the start of the case and throughout.
In order to provide you with the exact fees we will always have free, initial discussion without any obligations.
Our legal fees in respect of summary offences are as follows:
- Initial advice for motoring offence only: £250.
- Representation in court for non-contested summary motoring offences: £2,000 – £4,000.
- Preparation and representation for trial for contested summary offences: £4,000 – £8,000
- Preparation and representation at an exceptional hardship or special reasons hearing: £2,000 – £4,000.
- Appeals in respect of conviction and or sentence: £3,000– £8,000.
As a general rule the fees quoted above are all inclusive of representation by Counsel, if required.
The above fees do not include:
- Costs of instructing experts, obtaining expert reports, expert attendance in court
- Costs of translation of any documents you may wish to present to court
You will be provided with a written breakdown of our costs following our initial discussion.
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It is difficult to accurately confirm how long your case will take to conclude as this will depend on the Court and Prosecution availability. Usually motoring offences can be concluded within six to eight weeks, however some might take significantly longer.
Key stages of the work:
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of your case:
- Taking your initial instructions, reviewing documents in the case and advising you on the merits (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter upon receiving further evidence);
- Explaining the court procedure to enable you to understand what you can expect on the day of your hearing;
- Explaining the sentencing options available to the Court;
- Preparing for (and attendance) first hearing in the Magistrates Court, taking your instructions in respect of your sentence mitigation, if you are entering a guilty plea;
- Preparing for (and attendance) your trial (if you have entered a not guilty plea at the first hearing), including instructions to Counsel.
- Discussing the outcome of the case with you. If detailed advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.