When discussing with our clients how their case will be funded at court, our first consideration is whether they are eligible for Legal Aid as a means of covering the cost of us representing them. It is however relatively rare that the Legal Aid Agency will grant Legal Aid in relation to straightforward road traffic offences, regardless of the financial means of the defendant. In the absence of public funding, legal representation must be funded privately.
With this in mind, we offer a fixed fee for the provision of advice and representation at the Magistrates’ Court in relation to summary only road traffic offences dealt with at a single hearing. For a fee of £250 plus VAT we will spend up to an hour considering the evidence, taking your instructions and providing advice on how to proceed and the likely sentence. We will also attend court and represent you at a single hearing at the Magistrates’ Court.
The fee does not include us taking statements from witnesses or instructing an expert witness on your behalf. It also does not extend to providing advice and assistance in relation to either a special reasons hearing, or in relation to any appeal. These services can be provided, but will carry an additional cost.
Allegations that are capable of being dealt with by the Crown Court are not covered by the fixed fee. Any allegation that is denied (and therefore will proceed to trial) or any matter that involves more than one hearing at court is also not covered by the fixed fee. It may well be that in these circumstances you would be eligible for Legal Aid, subject to your means. However if not, and if your case is not covered by our fixed fee, we are happy to discuss the cost of funding the case privately.
If your case does fall within the scope of our fixed fee, you would typically meet us at our offices in order to provide us with your instructions on what happened. We will consider any initial disclosure or other evidence and provide you with advice. We will explain the court procedure to you so that you know what to expect on the day of your hearing, and the sentencing options available to the court. You will be asked by the court to attend either for the morning or afternoon session. We cannot confirm the exact time at which your hearing will take place, as this will be determined by the court on the day of your hearing. We will attend court on the day and meet with you before your hearing takes place, and will then represent your during that hearing. Afterwards we will discuss the outcome with you.
If you are unsure whether your Road traffic case would qualify for our fixed fee or wish to discuss how else your case can be funded, please do not hesitate to contact us.