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Pricing Transparency

We understand that our clients do not like surprises, that they like transparency and control as to fees.  

Quality is a byword for us. Quality does not necessarily come cheap – nevertheless, we will endeavour to ensure that once we have a full appreciation of your requirements you will receive a realistic estimate.

Please see below, current pricing for our road traffic services.


Key stages

It is difficult to provide an exact time frame for the conclusion of your case as this may depend on the court date that you have been given and a number of other factors over which we have no direct control.

The following key stages are based upon the presumption that you have been charged, received a summons or a Single Justice Procedure Notice and have a date for your court hearing.

  1. Meeting with you to take your instructions. It is important that we do this as quickly as possible so that we can quickly identify the issues in the case and begin work to resolve them.
  2. Consideration of the case papers and analysis of the evidence. This can only take place once the papers have been provided to us by the CPS and, depending on the region, this is often just 48 hours before the hearing date.
  3. Providing advice as to whether any expert reports or the input of an expert Barrister is required. The instruction of an expert or Barrister will come at an additional cost, please see below.
  4. We will advise you as to whether there is sufficient evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt you have committed an offence(s) and/or have a legal or procedural defence to advance.
  5. We will advise as to your prospects, the merits or otherwise of pleading guilty, or whether it would be better for you to plead not guilty and dispute the allegations. We will do this once the case papers have been obtained and analysed.
  6. We will advise you on the sentencing options available to the court, and where possible, what the likely outcome will be in your case.
  7. We will explain the court procedure to you so you know what to expect on the day of your hearing.
  8. We will conduct any preparatory work and obtain further instructions from you to ensure that the case is fully prepared for the court hearing.
  9. We will attend with you at court on the day and speak with you before the hearing to ensure that you are fully prepared.
  10. The length of time spent at court will depend upon the nature of the offence and length of the hearing. There will be time waiting for your case to be called into court and this will depend upon how busy the court is. We normally anticipate being at court for at least 2-3 hours, but this can sometimes take longer if the court is particularly busy.
  11. Following the hearing, we will discuss the outcome with you. If advice on appeal is required, this will come at an additional cost.

Costs

At Lupton Fawcett we recognise that each client and each case is unique. We tailor our advice to meet our clients’ individual needs and when appearing before the court we do not operate on the basis that ‘one size fits all’.

As each case is unique, our costs may vary depending on the complexity and the nature of your case, including what preparatory work is needed.

It can be difficult to determine what factors might affect the complexity of the case but factors can include:

  • The nature and seriousness of the offence
  • The number of offences that you are alleged to have committed
  • Whether there will be any complex legal argument

Hourly rates

Our Road Traffic team charge for the number of hours of work completed, based on an hourly rate.

The hourly rates for the two specialist solicitors in our team are as follows;

Jeremy Scott - Director £325 + VAT per hour

Meghan Waldron - Associate £250 + VAT per hour

Estimate of costs

If your case proceeds to the Magistrates Court you will have to attend a hearing. If you plead guilty it is likely that your case will be concluded on the first occasion and you will be sentenced.

We have provided an estimate of costs for advice and representation up to and including the first hearing.

Simple guilty plea case 5 to 10 hours (e.g. one offence, guilty plea, simple mitigation)

Complex guilty plea case 8 to 20 hours (e.g. multiple offences, legal argument, mitigation requiring evidence)

What is included?

Unless otherwise stated, our fees will include:

  • Taking your instructions
  • Liaising with the Police and/or Crown Prosecution Service to obtain the case papers and evidence
  • Obtaining and considering all documentation from you that is relevant to the offence and/or your defence
  • Considering the relevant legislation and guidance relevant to the offences that you face
  • Analysing and considering the evidence against you
  • Providing verbal advice on the plea
  • Providing verbal advice on sentencing powers and where appropriate, the likely sentence that you will receive
  • Providing advice on whether a separate application, such as Exceptional Hardship or Special Reasons, should be advanced (there will be additional costs for the preparation of such applications if necessary, please see below).
  • Representation at a single Magistrates Court hearing

Unless otherwise stated, our fees will not include:

  • Providing advice at the police station
  • Providing pre charge advice or making representations against prosecution
  • Instructing experts and considering expert reports
  • Speaking with witnesses and taking witness statements
  • Instructing expert Barristers
  • Preparing additional applications such as Exceptional Hardship or Special Reasons applications
  • Preparing the case for trial
  • Attending any court hearings above and beyond the first hearing
  • Advice and assistance with an appeal

Additional fees not included in our costs

Expert reports

  • In some cases it will be appropriate to obtain an expert report in order to consider whether you have a defence to advance
  • Common reports can include:
    • Mobile phone analysis for offences of driving whilst using a mobile phone
    • Toxicology reports for offences of driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs
    • Accident collision reports for offences of careless driving
  •  Fees for experts will be charged in addition to our fees – estimates will always be obtained for your approval before any additional work is carried out.

Counsel fees

  • In some cases it will be appropriate for an expert Barrister to be instructed, particularly if the case is likely to involve novel or complex legal arguments.
  • The cost of a Barrister will depend upon the experience of the Barrister, the nature of the offence and the work required.
  • If we deem it appropriate to instruct a Barrister, we will first obtain a quote for their fees for you to agree before any additional work is carried out.

Travel costs

  • Depending on where your case is to be heard, it may be necessary for us to travel in order to represent you.
  • If we travel by car we will charge for mileage (0.45p per mile plus VAT) and parking
  • If we travel by train we will charge for the train fare
  • Once we know where your case is to be heard we will provide an estimate of our travel costs

Fines/court fees

  • If you enter a guilty plea or are convicted at court you will normally be asked to make a contribution towards the costs of the case being before the court.
  • Most road traffic offences attract a financial penalty as part of the sentence and the amount will depend on the nature of the offence, along with your income.
  • Any fines or court fees imposed by the court will be in addition to our fees and are payable by you directly to the court.

The Team

Follow the link below for details of the team who may work on your case.


Get in touch

We provide specialist advice for all areas of road traffic offences. For help with any questions you may have or advice you require, contact our team today by calling us on 0113 2802125 / 0113 2802195 / 07971 520407 (24/7) or by filling in our online enquiry form.

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Remember you can still call us on 0333 323 5292 or email us at traffic@luptonfawcett.law

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  • Pete Gunson

    I would just like to write a few lines on the service I have received. From the very outset, Meghan helped put me more at ease, by explaining the process in simple terms of which before, seemed like a very daunting task. She was very calm and professional during my interview, which helped as the policeman had little understanding of how the law works in these situations. Meghan looked through the case and really helped me through the next steps towards the court. I received very good advice at court. Meghan's knowledge of the law helped me achieve the result I needed to retain my license and be able to carry on with my busy life. My family, staff and I will be forever grateful, and I would not hesitate to recommend Meghan Waldron and Lupton Fawcett in the future.

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