Guidance on costs

We will assess your eligibility for Legal aid or explore other options where the costs of your case may be met.  For example, you may have insurance which covers legal costs.

Where clients are not eligible for legal aid, fees will be charged.

Fees for privately funded cases

The cost of each case will depend on the amount of work required.

VAT will be added at the national rate, currently 20%, to all fees charged by this firm.

We will advise you in respect of your particular case at the start of the matter and we will provide updates as the matter progresses.

Fees for motoring offence cases

The charge rate for work relating to road traffic offences is £195.00 per hour plus VAT.  All letters written (including emails) and telephone calls made and received are charged at £19.50 per item plus VAT whilst all letters received (including emails) are charged at £19.50 per item plus VAT.

As an approximate guide, for representing you in criminal proceedings relating to road traffic offences:

Factors that could make a case more complex

  • Complex area of law
  • Death involved
  • Multiple Defendants
  • Trial required
  • Number of witnesses and documents


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Court fees, or travelling expenses.  We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf.  We will normally ask for costs on account to cover disbursements.

Counsel’s fees estimated range between £750.00-£1,000.00 (excluding VAT) per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending at court, including preparation for the court hearing.

Time at Court is sometimes difficult to Judge so we usually allow 1 day depending on the complexity of your case.

Travelling expenses are charged at 45p per mile plus VAT charged at the national rate, currently 20%.


Key Stages for a court hearing

The key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you have entered a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing.

  • Meet with your lawyer to provide instructions on what happened
  • We will consider initial disclosure, and any other evidence and provide advice
  • Arranging to take any witness statements if necessary
  • We will explain the Court procedure to you so you know what to expect on the day of your hearing, and the sentencing options available to the Court
  • We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you have
  • Representing you at the hearing and explaining the outcome to you


We will discuss the outcome with you.  If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the above are not required, the fee will be reduced.  You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages.  This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

We cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the Court listing for that day.

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved.   We will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

Every case is unique.  There will always be variables and the dynamics of a case can change.  We will do our best to keep you informed and up-to-date.