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Charges for assisting in summary only road traffic offences

Motoring offences

Fees for assistance with summary only motoring offences under Part 1 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and section 89 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

We charge a fixed fee of £500 plus VAT for a guilty plea.   

The fee includes the following:-

  • Taking your instructions for up to 2 hours
  • Considering evidence
  • Representation at a single hearing for plea and sentence
  • Providing advice in relation to plea and likely sentence
  • We anticipate this will take approximately 2-3 hours in total.
  • Advice on Appeal against sentence.

The fee does not include:-

  • Additional hearings that are charged at £250 plus VAT
  • Occasionally, a copy of the Magistrates court decision (Memorandum of Conviction) is required, this costs £10 per copy.
  • Any supplementary applications such as exceptional hardship/special reasons/Newton hearings.
  • Taking statements from and/ or instructing expert witnesses
  • Any additional work will be charged at an hourly rate of £220 per hour maximum dependant on grade of lawyer handling case.
  • Cost of time and mileage travelling to courts other than Leicester Magistrates Court.

Key stages of your matter based on a guilty plea are set out below.

  • Meet with your lawyer to provide instructions
  • We will consider initial disclosure, an any other evidence and provide advice
  • Explain the court procedure to you so you know what to expect on the day of the hearing, and the sentencing options available to the court
  • We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary
  • Your hearing will take place once it is listed by the court
  • We will attend court on the day of your hearing and meet with you before the scheduled hearing time. We anticipate being at court for approximately 3 hours.
  • We will discuss the outcome with you.


Ordinarily, a matter is likely to take 8 weeks from receipt of summons to conclusion.

Where there is not a guilty plea? 

The costs of the initial hearing will be as stated above (in the guilty plea section)

The costs for trial will depend upon whether issues are factual/technical, the complexity thereof and time estimate for length of trial.

The hourly rates as quoted above will apply unless a fixed fee