OUR PROMISE TO YOU
We will endeavour at all times to fix our fees in advance in accordance with the fixed fee service schedule below if the service you require is not listed we will agree a fee with you in advance to provide you with certainty and peace of mind.
In addition to our fees you will have to pay Court Charges and Prosecution Costs – SEE COURT CHARGES AND PROSECUTION COSTS SCHEDULE
Justice delayed is justice denied so do not delay instruct us now and secure justice FOR YOU!
|Description of Service+||Service provided||Conditions of Service+||Fee+|
|Advice only||After full consideration of the prosecution evidence we will provide written advice covering the defences available to you, likely sentence and advice as to how you would be best to proceed with your case.||Prosecution evidence must be made available to us; we can accept this by post, fax or email.||From
|Written representation to the police prior to charge/CPS post charge||In some cases you will be able to seek advice prior to charge and we may be able to dissuade the police from charging you at all or persuade them to charge lesser offences.||We will require full details of arrest, police station, the officer in charge as well as any documentation you have been given by the police including any evidence.||From
|Written plea and mitigation to court||After taking full instructions having received a copy of your postal requisition/charge we will provide full advice and write a letter of mitigation for the court seeking to lower your penalties||We will require full details of your case including any documentation that you need as part of your mitigation and also a copy of your driving licence and details of your income and expenditure||FROM £300+VAT|
|Mitigation and Representation at Court||If you decide to plead guilty after our advice we can represent you in court either with you present or not (subject to bail) One of our expert advocates will attend court and mitigate your case before the Magistrates to seek to persuade them to impose a lesser sentence and not exercise their discretion to disqualify you. If there is an obligatory disqualification we will persuade them to keep this to the minimum period. We may instruct a Barrister at no additional cost
|We will require evidence of the prosecution case and any previous driving convictions you may hold. We will require a copy of your driving licence as well as details of your income and expenditure and some personal evidence which may support the mitigation. If outside Staffordshire and Cheshire representation will incur additional charges.||From
|Written Representations on Exceptional hardship /Special reasons||If you are liable to “totting up” and the circumstances justify an application we will write to the Magistrates and provide grounds of exceptional hardship for you to persuade the Court not to impose a disqualification. If special reasons arguments apply to your case we can write a letter to the Court presenting your case.
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|You MUST inform us if you have argued exceptional hardship before if within a three year period. We will require evidence of the prosecution case and any previous convictions you may hold. We will require details and a copy of your driving licence as well as details of your income and expenditure. We will require you and any witnesses you may call to make statements. Full details of the Prosecution evidence.||From
£500 + VAT
|Full Representation at Court for Exceptional Hardship||If you are liable to “totting up” and the circumstances justify an application we will attend the Magistrates advocate grounds of exceptional hardship to persuade the Court not to impose a disqualification.
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|You MUST inform us if you have argued exceptional hardship within the last three years. We will require evidence of the prosecution case and any previous convictions you may hold. We will require details and a cop of your driving licence as well as details of your income and expenditure. We will require you and any witnesses you may call to make statements. Full details of the Prosecution evidence.If outside Staffordshire and Cheshire representation will incur additional charges.||From
|Special Reasons||If special reasons arguments apply to your case we will attend Court and present the evidence and arguments in support of your case. In excess alcohol cases this often involves complex evidence and procedural issues which may require instructing an expert.We will prepare the case, obtain witness statements and present the evidence in court.||We will require all the prosecution evidence.
Details of witnesses who are prepared to provide statements and attend court to give evidence.We will require your full driving licence and previous convictions.
We will charge any expert evidence at cost in addition to our agreed fixed fee.If outside Staffordshire and Cheshire representation will incur additional charges.
The fee is based on a half day hearing of 3 to 4 hours.
|Trial in the Magistrates Court/ Newton hearing (trial of the issue)||We will provide advice on plea after full consideration of the evidence. We will attend court at preliminary hearings and prepare the defence case which may involve the taking of witness statements and securing witness attendance at court. We will instruct expert evidence where necessary and these will be charged at cost.In the event of a guilty plea or a finding of guilt we will mitigate on your behalf and if necessary plead exceptional hardship. We advice as to the evidence required for this.||We will require all prosecution evidence and details of any witnesses prepared to make statements and attend court.You must provide a driving licence and details of any previous convictions.If outside Staffordshire and Cheshire this will incur additional charges. This does not include expert fees.||From
|Intermediary hearing such as requesting adjournment/
|These can be made in a written format in some circumstance however some require attendance and evidence such as special measures or hearsay applications. We will ensure that the evidence is before the court in relation to the application which may include witness evidence.||There are two levels of fee based on whether there is a written application or oral.Witness statements or other documentary may be necessary to put before the court.There is NO guarantee that any application will be granted but fees will still be charged. We will advise fully on the likelihood of success of the application to enable you to make a fully considered decision as to whether to proceed.||Written
£200 Court Representation
|Lodging an Appeal to the Crown Court||We provide advise as to the chances of success on Appeal and draft and lodge the Notice of Appeal against either conviction or sentence.||There is no guarantee of the Crown Court granting your appeal and they may increase any sentence imposed.We will advise fully on the likelihood of success.||From
|Application to suspend your disqualification pending appeal||We will draft the application/make an oral application to the court and submit the application to the Magistrates/Crown Court.||There is no guarantee that the Court will suspend your disqualification pending appeal.This fee is in addition the lodging of the Notice of Appeal. We will advise fully on the likelihood of success.||From
|Appeal at the Crown Court against Sentence||We will prepare your appeal case and present the same in the Crown Court.||There is no guarantee that the Crown Court will uphold the Appeal and they may increase sentence.We will advise fully on the likelihood of success.||From
£1200 + VAT
|Appeal at the Crown Court against Conviction||We will prepare your appeal case which may involve the taking of witness statements and instructing an expert witness (whose fees will be charged at cost).This may include an appeal against sentence which will be included in this fee.||We may instruct a Barrister to conduct the hearing at the Crown Court who will be fully briefed and experienced in Road Traffic Appeals.This is based on a one-day hearing.We will advise fully on the likelihood of success. This does not include the service of serving the Notice of Appeal or an application to suspend a disqualification pending appeal This is effectively a re-trial.||From
|Reopening a case in the Magistrates Court||We will advise you on the chances of success in opening your case and can either do this in writing or by court representation.||There is no guarantee that your case will be reopened.||Written
£250 + VATCourt Representation
|Application for Removal of Disqualification||We will prepare and build a case in support of your application, submit an application to the court and represent you at court.||You should supply us with the evidence we request in support of your case. There is no guarantee that your disqualification will be removed||From
£1000 + VAT
If your case involves a different service to those on the fixed fee service schedule we will discuss this with you and agree a fixed fee which if necessary may contain contingencies for additional costs such as expert fees, counsel fees etc. We can also attend the police station with you for interview fees start from £400, note that you may be entitled to free advice and assistance in relation to this so should discuss this with us.
We may instruct counsel to represent you at either the magistrates court or the crown court there will be no additional charges when this occurs. You will be informed at the outset.
Most solicitors will charge an hourly rate of £250 + VAT as a minimum, Fixed fees are usually much more cost effective and we do not limit the time we spend with you or the number of calls you may have we support our clients throughout the case.
1st August 2017