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Our Fees in Criminal Matters

If you are charged with a criminal offence and you are not entitled to Legal Aid or your case does not qualify for Legal Aid, for example in some motoring offences, public order offences and summary only cases, in those circumstances if you would like us to represent you then we can do this on the following basis:

Magistrates Court cases only

Our fees for dealing with summary only cases will vary depending on whether the plea is Guilty or Not Guilty and the number of court hearings involved. What we do:

Depending on your matter, we offer either a fixed fee and an hourly rate service.

An example of our fixed fee charge for summary only cases is detailed below.

​Fixed Fee — Representation at your First Appearance by a solicitor – one hearing only £750.00 plus VAT

This fee includes:

Where the Court is more than 30 miles (round trip) away from our office: our fees are £750.00 plus VAT, plus £100.00 per hour (exclusive of travel disbursements).

If a barrister is instructed to attend your first appearance then the fee is £900.00 plus VAT.

If your case does not conclude at the first appearance, we will advise you of any additional costs.

Hourly rate service

We undertake all work not included in the fixed fee on an hourly rate basis. Please note that these rates are exclusive of VAT.  Our hourly rates are as follows:

Additional costs

We can provide advice and assistance in the following areas on an hourly rate basis. An estimate can be provided in writing, depending on the circumstances of the individual case:

Trial and special reasons hearings – Magistrates’ Court only

If you have a trial or special reason hearing, we may be able to offer you a fixed fee service. The fixed fee would range from £1,500.00 - £3,000.00 plus VAT (This does not include the first appearance) This fee would include:

Timescales

Each matter will have a different timescale, which we will advise you of at the beginning of your case. We will make every effort to keep you up to date on any issues affecting the same.

Exclusions

Where your fixed fee case requires work outside the scope of the fixed fee agreement and there is likely to be an additional cost, we will ensure that you are notified as soon as possible of the additional estimated cost.

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