If you are charged with a motoring offence we are able to offer certain services on a fixed fee basis.
|ACTION||COST (inc. VAT)|
|Initial meeting in order to consider the evidence, take your instructions and give initial advice as to likely plea (Guilty or Not Guilty)||£240|
|Further meeting (if necessary when best evidence is available) advice on plea and (if Guilty), mitigating factors and action to be taken.||£240|
|Guilty plea – preparation and advocacy at Court in Mitigation (Barnstaple Court only)||£360|
Should you prefer, (as an alternative to the above fixed fees), you can choose to pay based on an hourly rate of charge at the relevant fee earner’s rate and we refer you to our fee earner information below in that respect.
In the event that you choose to plead Not Guilty we will charge you at an hourly rate although our promise to you is that we will always discuss with you in advance the time which we estimate will be incurred in preparation and presentation of your case up until trial.
Where we indicate that rates will be charged on an hourly basis our respective fee earners charge as follows:
- Bill Pope – £230 per hour plus VAT
- Tracee Huey-Smith – £230 per hour plus VAT
- A Trainee Solicitor – £140 per hour plus VAT
We will always ask you to check to see if you have Legal Expenses Insurance you may be able to use for this.
Any fee earner work undertaken by our experienced secretaries (that is work which is not merely administrative) will be charged at £100 per hour plus VAT.
We reserve the right to increase the hourly rates in certain specific circumstances to reflect (for example) any need to carry out work out of normal office hours, the complexity of the issues, the speed at which action has to be taken and any particular specialist expertise the case may demand to reflect the importance/urgency of the matter to you.
We will always notify you in advance if this is the case and tell you the hourly rates to be charged.
Who will act on my behalf?
We refer you to the “Our Team” section on this website for further details as to who within out Legal Disputes Department may have conduct on your case.
The fee earner most likely to be dealing with your case in relation to these proceedings will be Tracee Huey-Smith since she is the most experienced Criminal Advocate within our Legal Disputes Department with over 17 years of experience in Criminal Law.
How long will my case take?
This will depend upon whether you enter a plea of Guilty or Not Guilty. In all cases your first hearing will usually be between 2-3 weeks from the date of charge or summons to Court (depending upon how busy the Court in question is). If you plead Guilty your case may be concluded at the first hearing. However, if an offence is more serious it may be necessary to adjourn for a second hearing to take place so that a pre-sentence report can be prepared. This adjournment may be for approximately a further 2 – 4 weeks. If you plead Not Guilty then your case is likely to take much longer to conclude, (depending upon the complexity of the case) therefore we would advise as to a likely time estimate dependent upon the specific circumstances.