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Our motoring offences team has both the experience and expertise to get the best results for you. Many of our clients approach us because of our successful track record of helping others.

Costs for matters relating to the following motoring offences will fall under one of two fee structures:

  1. Drink or drug driving
  2. Speeding or using a mobile phone – guilty plea and facing disqualification
  3. Failing to report or stop after an accident
  4. Careless driving and driving without due care and attention
  5. Dangerous driving
  6. Document offences such as driving without a licence, driving without an MOT, driving without tax and failure to produce documents
  7. Driving without insurance.

Structure 1 will apply if you are entering a guilty plea. Structure 2 will apply if you are entering a not-guilty plea or a guilty plea with special reasons.

Structure 1 – pleading guilty

There are two fixed fee options:

  1. Fixed fee of £950 plus VAT at the prevailing rate (currently 20%) in addition to counsel’s fee if represented by a barrister at court hearing
  2. Fixed fee of £2000 plus VAT at the prevailing rate (currently 20%) if represented by Philip Somarakis at court hearing.

The above fees include the following:

  • Obtaining disclosure from CPS and police (if relevant)
  • Taking a full statement of events from you at court
  • Considering evidence
  • Providing advice on likely sentence
  • Completion and submission of any plea documentation
  • Advising and assistance with mitigation/exceptional hardship documentation
  • Instructing counsel (if applicable).

The above fees do not include:

  • Instructions of any expert witness
  • Taking statements from any witnesses
  • Advice and assistance in relation to a special reasons hearing
  • Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal.

Key stages of your matter (based on the presumption that you have decided to enter a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing):

  1. Meet with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened
  2. We will consider initial disclosure and any other evidence and provide advice
  3. Arranging to take any witness statements if necessary (this will have an additional cost of £500 plus VAT)
  4. 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
  5. We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you have
  6. We cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing for that day
  7. We/your barrister will attend court on the day and meet with you prior to going before the court. We anticipate being at court for half a day
  8. We/your barrister will discuss the outcome with you and will confirm the result in writing. If advice on appeal is required, this will carry an additional cost.

Further disbursements:

  • Counsel fee if not represented at court by Philip Somarakis, estimated £150 - £300 plus VAT and travel (dependent on experience and availability).

Structure 2 – pleading not-guilty or guilty with special reasons

Fixed fees for the first hearing

There are two fixed fee options:

  1. Fixed fee of £950 plus VAT at the prevailing rate (currently 20%) in addition to counsel’s fee represented by a barrister at court hearing
  2. Fixed fee of £2000 plus VAT at the prevailing rate (currently 20%) if represented by Philip Somarakis at court hearing.

The above fees include:

  • Obtaining disclosure from CPS and police (if relevant)
  • Taking a full statement of events from you at court
  • Considering evidence
  • Providing advice on likely sentence if found guilty
  • Providing advice on any special reasons argument
  • Completion and submission of any plea documentation
  • Advising on court procedure after first hearing
  • Instructing counsel (if applicable).

 Second hearing – special reasons hearing

Hourly rate fees in the region of £2,000 - £5,000 plus VAT at the prevailing rate (currently 20%) and counsel fee.

The above fee includes:

  • Instructing an expert witness
  • Reviewing and serving expert evidence
  • Taking statements from any witnesses
  • Reviewing and serving witness evidence
  • Taking a formal statement of events from you
  • Advice and assistance with mitigation documentation
  • Instructing counsel.

Fees do not include:

  • Preparation or advice in respect of interim hearings
  • Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal.

Key stages of your matter (based on the presumption that you have decided to enter a guilty plea on the basis of special reasons and have a date for your hearing):

  • Meet with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened.
  • We will consider initial disclosure and any other evidence and provide advice.
  • We will explain the court procedure to you, so you know what to expect on the day of your hearings.
  • We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you have.
  • We cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing for that day. The Trial or Special Reasons hearing will be listed for a future date according to the court availability and your availability.
  • Should your case be adjourned or be listed for an interim hearing additional costs will apply.
  • We/your barrister will attend court on the day and meet with you prior to going before the court.
  • We/your barrister will discuss the outcome with you and will confirm the result in writing. If advice on appeal is required, this will carry an additional cost.

 Second hearing – pleading not-guilty

  • Hourly Rate Fees in the region of £4,000-£6,000 plus VAT at the prevailing rate (currently 20%) and Counsel Fee.

 The above fee includes:

  • Instructing an expert witness
  • Reviewing and serving expert evidence
  • Taking statements from any witnesses
  • Reviewing and serving witness evidence
  • Taking a formal statement of events from you
  • Advice and assistance with mitigation documentation
  • Instructing Counsel

Fees do not include:

  • Preparation or advice in respect of interim hearings
  • Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal

 Key stages of your matter (based on the presumption that you have decided to enter a Not Guilty Plea and have a date for your hearing):

  • Meet with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened.
  • We will consider initial disclosure and any other evidence and provide advice.
  • We will explain the court procedure to you, so you know what to expect on the day of your hearings.
  • We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you have.
  • We cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing for that day. The Trial hearing will be listed for a future date according to the court availability and your availability.
  • Should your case be adjourned or be listed for an interim hearing additional costs will apply.
  • We/your barrister will attend court on the day and meet with you prior to going before the court.
  • We/your barrister will discuss the outcome with you and will confirm the result in writing. If advice on appeal is required, this will carry an additional cost.

 Other Disbursements & fees:

  • Counsel for first hearing: £150-£300 plus VAT at the prevailing rate (currently 20%) and travel (dependent on experience and availability).
  • Counsel for Trial/Special Reasons hearing: £1,500-£2,000 plus VAT at the prevailing rate (currently 20%) and travel (dependent on availability).
  1. Expert fee: £330-£1000 plus VAT at the prevailing rate (currently 20%) (Dependent on case).

The team

Our motoring offences team is led by Philip Somarakis, Partner and Head of Regulatory Solutions based in London. Philip has over 20 years of post-qualification experience and is a recognised expert in motoring offences; securing acquittals for clients in speeding and drink driving cases. He is also supported by a strong team of skilled and experienced individuals in London.

Philip Somarakis – Partner, Head of Regulatory Solution

For more information

For more information about using our professional services for motor legal defence, please get in touch either by telephone, email or our website enquiry form.  One of our team would be delighted to speak to you and provide you with a fixed fee bespoke to your needs.

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