Here at Klarks our price transparency policy is designed to provide all potential clients with easy to understand guidance on its pricing policy.
Who does it effect?
All clients who are seeking legal advice and assistance with summary motoring offences. This means they are triable only in the Magistrates Court and not in the Crown Court. Examples include:-
- Exceeding the speeding limit (speeding)
- Driving whilst over the prescribed alcohol limit (drink driving)
- Drug driving
- Careless driving
- Driving whilst using your mobile phone
We are lucky enough to have a legal aid franchise, which means we may be be able to offer to do the work under legal. However, this is subject to stringent means and merits testing and very few cases will be eligible. Therefore, most of our work in this area is carried out on a private agreed fee basis.
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What information will our price transparency policy provide you with?
It will provide you with:-
- A total cost where possible of our fees for the work to be undertaken with regard to summary only motoring offences, and where that is not possible, a range of costs.
- Details of disbursements, i.e. an expert who is instructed to attend Court to give evidence on your behalf. A simple example is a collision damage investigator.
- Information in relation to when fees should be paid.
What Service will I receive for the payment I make?
You will be represented by a qualified solicitor (not a paralegal or other) with a minimum of 15 years’ experience.
How much will my case cost?
It is difficult to give a precise cost at the outset of a summary only motoring offence but a range of costs is possible. The reason we are only able to provide a range of costs is because each case is different and will depend on a number of variable factors, examples of which are listed below (this is not an exhaustive list)
- Is the legal assistance sought limited to a one off advice call to understand your options.
- The quantity of paperwork sent to us by the crown prosecution service/court/police at the start of the case and any further
- disclosures of paperwork made to us.
- Whether or not you plead guilty or not guilty and at what point that guilty plea is made.
- If experts are to be instructed on your behalf.
- The level and experience of the solicitor conducting your case. For example, you will pay an enhanced rate if the firm’s principal, Nick Freeman, advises or represents you.
- The need for non-expert defence witnesses.
Our costs in respect of summary only offences are as follows
- Initial advice for non imprisonable motoring offences is £500.
- Initial advice for imprisonable motoring offences is £1000.
- Mitigation letter to the court for summary non imprisonable offences £500 to £1000.
- Non-contested summary non imprisonable motoring offences £3000 to £6000.
- Contested non imprisonable summary motoring offences £3000 to £5000.
- Non-contested imprisonable summary only motoring offences £2000 to £3000.
- Contested summary only imprisonable motoring offences £4000 to £8000.
- Appeals re conviction and or sentence £2000 – £5000.
What services will you be provided with for your fees?
As a general rule the fees quoted above numbered 1-8 are all inclusive and in particular include representation by Counsel, if required.
The exceptions number 1-8 are as follows:-
- The fees do not include VAT.
- The fees do not include the costs of instructing experts, obtaining expert reports or the costs for an expert to attend Court to give evidence.
- The above fees quoted in 4-8 above are based on one appearance at Court for trial or sentencing and the case proceeding on the designated date. If the case is adjourned or attendance at additional Court hearings is required there may be an additional fee of between £1000 to £3000 per additional Court hearing.
The agreed fee is applicable no matter how the case is resolved or disposed of, including when proceedings are discontinued by the respective prosecuting authority before we have attended a trial. If we are not in receipt of funds at the time of disposal then the agreed fee as agreed with yourself remains payable to the firm.
You will be provided with a written detailed breakdown of our costs normally after our first consultation, but as soon as we have been able to identify all the relevant issues.