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Price & Servicing Info (for Motoring Offences)

Price & Servicing Information (Summary Motoring Offences)

COBLEYS SOLICITORS LTD

 
This policy is prepared by Cobleys Solicitors LTD in order to provide clients with an easy to understand guide on the prices that we charge for privately paid, summary only motoring offences.
 
What are summary only motoring offences?
Summary only offences are offences that can only be dealt with in the Magistrates Court and cannot then be heard by a judge and jury in the Crown Court.
 
For many motoring offences in the Magistrates Court,Legal Aid is unavailable; therefore,if you wish to be legally represented you would have to instruct a solicitor on a private paying basis.
 
What motoring offences does this policy include?
Common examples of summary only motoring offences are:
 
Speeding
Using a mobile phone while driving
Failing to comply with a traffic signal
Failing to stop / report an accident
Failing to name driver
Driving without a licence
Driving without insurance
Careless Driving
Driving with excess alcohol
Driving under the influence of drugs
Drunk in charge of a motor vehicle
 
Why would I need to instruct a Solicitor privately for these types of offences?
 
When you are charged or summoned to attend court regarding a motoring offence, you are at risk of having points placed on your driving licence or even being disqualified from driving. You may wish to instruct a solicitor to represent you. On a guilty plea or finding of guilt in relation to the motoring offence your solicitor could argue for you not to be disqualified from driving in certain circumstances.
 
Totting up
 
If you reach 12 points on your licence you tot up on the points scheme, which means that you should be disqualified from driving. Your solicitor may however be able to argue for you not to be disqualified by running a special reasons or exceptional hardship argument. If successful, you will not be disqualified from driving.
 
In certain circumstances even when a driving disqualification should be imposed, the court may not disqualify.
 
Special Reasons argument
 
Even if technically guilty of an offence,a defendant can run a special reasons argument in certain circumstances at court. If successful, this will result in a driving disqualification not being imposed, even for offences such as driving with excess alcohol (drink driving).
 
The special reason not to be disqualified must be linked directly to the way in which the defendant committed the offence rather than the defendant’s personal circumstances.
 
Exceptional Hardship argument
 
When a defendant reaches 12 points on their driving licence,the starting point for the court is to disqualify them. If the defendant can successfully argue that if disqualified they would suffer exceptional hardship,and the court accepts the argument, the defendant will avoid disqualification.
 
Typical timescales and key stages of the matter
 
The majority of guilty plea cases are dealt with on one occasion and therefore conclude on that day. Trial cases for summary only motoring offences will usually be concluded within 3 months of the first court appearance,although timescales can vary from case to case.
 
What fees do we charge?
 
Guilty plea cases that are sentenced and concluded in one court session.
 
We charge a fixed fee of £300 + VAT 
 
This fixed fee includes consideration of the evidence in the case, taking initial instructions and advice on plea. Thereafter the advocate will represent you at the court hearing.
 
This fee does not include court hearings that extend beyond one court session (a morning court hearing or an afternoon hearing),instructing of expert witnesses (for example a Doctor or a Forensic Scientist), interviewing witnesses (including character witnesses), representation at trial, exceptional hardship or special reasons hearings.
 
The fixed fee is based on you being represented in our local courts - Liverpool, Wirral and Sefton Magistrates Courts. Outside of these courts, travel will be charged at £50 per hour + VAT + travel expenses (mileage is charged at 60p per mile).
 
Exceptional Hardship / Special reasons argument
 
We charge a fixed fee of £400 + VAT
 
The price includes consideration of the evidence in the case, obtaining mitigation, consideration of evidence that assists the exceptional hardship / special reasons argument, consideration of character references and representation at court for the exceptional hardship / special reasons argument.
 
The price does not include interviewing additional witnesses and instructing expert witnesses.
 
The fixed fee is based on you being represented in our local courts - Liverpool, Wirral and Sefton Magistrates Courts. Outside of these courts, travel will be charged at £50 per hour + VAT + travel expenses (mileage is charged at 60p per mile).
 
Trial cases
 
We charge a minimum fixed fee of £1000 + VAT.
 
Trials can vary in size and complexity therefore, what we charge will depend on a case to case basis. The minimum charge for a trial will be £1000 + VAT.
 
The minimum fee of £1000 + VAT includes representation at the first court appearance when the not guilty plea is entered, consideration of the evidence, obtaining the defendant’s instructions on evidence, preparation of questioning for trial and being represented at trial by your advocate and being represented for sentence, if convicted.
 
The fee does not include taking statements from more than one witness, the instruction of expert witnesses, and representation for a special reasons argument or exceptional hardship argument. The fee does not include an appeal.
 
For cases that are more complex, for example cases involving multiple witnesses, large amounts of evidence and cases that will extend beyond a one-day trial, an estimated fee of additional costs will be given based on an hourly rate of £200 + VAT in addition to the minimum fee of £1000 + VAT.
 
The minimum fee is based on you being represented in our local courts - Liverpool, Wirral and Sefton Magistrates Courts. Outside of these courts, travel will be charged at £50 per hour + VAT + travel expenses (mileage is charged at 60p per mile).
 
Disbursements
 
Disbursements are the additional costs in a case which will be recovered from you. They may include travel expenses (petrol expenses / train fares) or the cost of expert reports.
 
Additional information
 
Where possible we will keep to the figures posted on this website. There may be circumstances in which there is an unforeseen complexity in the case which will require additional work that is not covered in the fixed fee. We will not proceed with this work until we have consulted you first. You will be advised at each stage of any case what the fees are and whether there will be any additional fees. Cobleys Solicitors LTD reserves the right to amend and change the fixed fees.
 
Who will represent me?
 
Our team has over 30 years of experience in delivering high quality work relating to summary only motoring offences. The motoring team solicitors are:
 
  • Neil Fitzpatrick – Associate Solicitor – Higher Court Advocate – Department Supervisor

Admitted as a solicitor in 2012, Neil specialises full time in general crime and road traffic offences

  • Alison Sharples - Associate Solicitor – Supervisor at the Huyton office. Admitted as a Solicitor in 2003,Alison specialises in general crime and road traffic offences
  • Joseph Ely - Associate Solicitor - Admitted as a Solicitor in 2012,Joseph specialises full time in general crime, prison law and road traffic offences
  • Scott Phillips - Associate Solicitor - Admitted as a Solicitor in 2012, Scott is a Higher Court Advocate and specialises full time in general crime and road traffic offences
 
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