Criminal and Motoring Law Department Transparency Rules 2018
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) require us to comply with certain Regulations concerning information provided to potential clients who wish to be represented in certain motoring matters.
The Transparency Rules relate to cases that can only be tried in the Magistrates’ Court which are dealt with in one summary hearing. These are ‘summary only’ motoring offences under Part 1 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and s89 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
For Magistrates’ and Crown Court cases that are not covered by these Regulations and where Legal Aid is obtainable, we will give a written estimate of our charges before you decide to instruct us and before you incur any costs.
This is how FPH Law’s Criminal and Motoring Law Department complies with the Transparency Regulations relating to single-hearing Magistrates’ only motoring matters under the above Acts.
Our fee will be in respect of attendance and representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates’ Court for a Guilty plea. This will include:-
- Up to 2 hours of attendance and/or preparation
- Considering evidence
- Taking your instructions
- Providing advice on plea and likely sentence
The fee does not include:-
- Instruction of any expert witnesses
- Taking statements from any witnesses
- Advice and/or assistance in relation to a ‘special reasons’ application hearing
- Advice and/or assistance in relation to any appeal
- More than one hearing and preparation OR representation in a trial
The fee in relation to the above will be £450.00 plus VAT, plus disbursements and up to 30 minutes of travelling time. Any travel over and above 30 minutes will be charged at the rate of £50.00 plus VAT per hour.
Key Stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you have entered a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing.
The Key Stages are:-
- Meeting with your Solicitor to provide instructions on what happened.
- Considering initial disclosure and any other evidence and provide advice.
- If necessary, arranging to take any witness statements (this will have an additional cost of £100 plus VAT per statement).
- Explaining the Court procedure to you so that you know what to expect on the day of your hearing, as well as the sentencing options available to the Court.
- Conducting further preparatory work, obtaining further instructions from you if necessary, and answering any follow-up queries you might have.
- Attending Court on the day of your hearing and meeting with you before going before the Court. It is anticipated that you will be at Court for up to half a day.
- Discussing the outcome with you.
- If advice is required on an Appeal, this will be carried out at an additional cost.
Please note that we are unable to provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place as this depends on the Court listing for that day.
For further information regarding costs of representation by our Criminal and Motoring Law Department, please ask for a copy of our Client Information Letter.