We have a duty to explore your eligibility for legal aid funding. However, some cases such as simple motoring offences do not attract legal aid and some people because of their means are not eligible for legal aid. Alternatively, you may wish to fund your defence privately whether you are eligible for legal aid or not.
In accordance with the SRA Transparency Rules, we now provide the following general information regarding our private client fees and specific information concerning any fixed fee quote for a motoring offence to be met by a guilty plea.
In the event that you are not eligible for legal aid we will be happy to represent you as a private client based on the below Schedule of Charges. We would estimate that the costs would be in the region of, £1000 to £5000, plus VAT subject to the nature of your case.
At the outset, we will require an initial payment on account of £500 plus VAT (£600) unless otherwise agreed with you. Due to money laundering rules this firm can only accept cash payments from clients up to the sum of £1,000.00 in any one case. We are afraid that if a greater sum of money is requested from you then payment must be made in some way other than cash. If you require any further explanation in this regard then please do not hesitate to contact us.
Should you be found Not Guilty at the conclusion of proceedings or the proceedings are discontinued against you, we can apply to the Court for a Defendant’s Costs Order (DCO) and when received, will seek re-imbursement of your legal costs from an organization called the National Taxing Team (NTT) out of Central Funds. However Schedule 7 to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act now provides that all cases that commence in the Magistrates’ Court or are committed or transferred to the Crown Court for trial on or after 1st October 2012 will see DCO limited.
These limitations are as follows:
DCO to include legal costs can still be made following an acquittal or discontinuance of proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court but are limited to be paid at Legal Aid rates, which are currently and locally:
This means that you are likely to only recover approximately 25% of your costs.
We preserve the right to bill private fees on an interim bill basis where for any reason whatsoever your case is of a prolonged nature. Please note again that we shall exercise our right to retain papers relating to your matter while our fees remain unpaid and that for assisting you in recovering any legal costs, there may be an additional charge of £50 plus VAT.
Schedule of Charges
All charges are exclusive of VAT.
This rate applies to interviews, time spent in consideration of documents sent to us, preparation of documents by us, appearance at Court, travelling and waiting times spent in connection with your case. Different rates apply dependent upon the experience and both the level of qualification and position of the relevant fee earner:
(A) £215.00 (Director or Solicitor Advocate)
(B) £192.00 (Senior Solicitor/Executive)
(C) £161.00 (Solicitor)
(D) £110.00 (Trainee/Paralegal)
Fixed Fees – Guilty Pleas
Where possible we will quote a fixed fee for Magistrates’ Court work and for Guilty Pleas our minimum fee will be £500.00 plus VAT (£600).
That fee will be greater if the proceedings are to take place out of the area. The cost of travel, disbursements and expert or medical reports will be additional.
For specific information concerning any fixed fee quote for a motoring offence to be met by a guilty plea, please see below.
Not Guilty Pleas
We will quote an estimated fee for Magistrates’ Court work based upon the hourly rates quoted above. However the fee quoted may be subject to change depending on the length and complexity of the proceedings. The cost of expert or medical reports will be additional. You will be consulted before any increase to the fee is made.
We also reserve the right to charge an uplift at the conclusion of the proceedings on preparation, attendance and advocacy if particular care, expedition or due diligence is evident.
Telephone Calls – each telephone call made or received lasting up to six minutes:
Longer calls charged on a time recording basis.
Letters and E-mails – each letter or e-mail written by us where the time spent is up to six minutes:
Longer letters or e-mails charged on a time recording basis.
Photocopies & Disbursements
Any bill that we render to you, you have the right to object to that bill and apply for the assessment of that bill under Part III of the Solicitors Act.
Fixed fee quote – motoring offence (Guilty plea)
The minimum fee of £500 plus VAT (£600) will include:
The fee does not include:
The key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you have or will enter a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing. They are:
The qualifications of our current fee earners are:
Mark Jerman Solicitor
Simon Samuels Solicitor
Mark Pearson Solicitor
Matthew Bone Solicitor Advocate
Ian Clift Solicitor Advocate
L Jane Werry Solicitor
Bethany Brown Solicitor
Christopher Whitcombe Solicitor Advocate
Carly Denniss Solicitor Advocate
Laura Austin Solicitor Advocate
Michael Rees Accredited Representative
Derik Lamont Accredited Representative
Carly Pharoah Solicitor
Rachael Gray Solicitor Advocate
Ciara Bruin Solicitor
Fatimah Dhorowa Solicitor
Trainee Solicitors & Paralegals
Amie Harris Trainee Solicitor and Accredited Representative
Zoe Banfield Trainee Solicitor and Accredited Representative
Elisha Turner Paralegal and Accredited Representative
George Dixon Paralegal and Probationary Representative
Tommy Dominquez Paralegal and Probationary Representative
Tia Ojo Paralegal and Probationary Representative
In terms of supervision:
We have no standing terms for regular clients.