Motoring Offences

Motoring Offences – Our Fees

This price information is for assistance in relation to summary only (heard at the Magistrates Court) motoring offences under Part I of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and s89 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

Legal Fees and Disbursements:

Note: Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties.

We will usually work on the basis of fixed fees which usually vary depending on the offence (please see the table below). Depending on the nature of the offence and your personal circumstances you may be eligible for Legal Aid and this is a matter that will always be discussed with you if this is relevant to your case.

On occasions we may need to work on an hourly rate basis which is £200.00 plus VAT at 20% per hour. If this applies in your case we will let you know at the outset of your case and provide you with an estimate of the likely overall legal fee that will be incurred.

The fee includes travel for a 30 mile round trip from our office. Thereafter travel is charged at £80.00 per hour. Mileage is charged at 45 pence per mile.  Disbursements may attract VAT.  Sometimes experts may be instructed. Before instructing experts we will obtain quotations and provide you with the costs before formally instructing an expert.  Expert reports may be required for example in road traffic collision cases and cases of drink/drug driving.

 Initial Advice

Written Mitigation

Guilty Plea

To consider the case papers, obtain instructions either in person or over the telephone and provide advice in relation to the case, possible defences, sentence and merits of Special Reasons or exceptional hardship argument if applicable. -

£200.00 plus VAT
This advice will be provide at the appointment or within 7 days thereafter. This is limited to initial advice as described above and does not include attending Court.


This includes taking initial instructions, consideration of the case paper and providing initial advice. We will prepare a document of bespoke written mitigation which will be sent to you and submitted to the Court in readiness for the hearing. We aim to have this prepared within 14 days of your appointment or sooner if the Court hearing is before that date. This does not include attending the hearing. -

£400.00 plus VAT


To include initial advice and representation at Court on one occasion. Included in this fee is a conference at Court on the day of the hearing itself and representation in Court. You will be advised on the merits of an appeal at the conclusion of the case and if a disqualification is imposed and you wish to appeal, the appeal will be drafted at Court and an application will be made to restore your driving licence pending appeal. The fee does not include any Appeal at the Crown Court. -

£550.00 plus VAT


Special Reasons/Exceptional Hardship

Application To Restore Driving Licence


To include initial advice, one conference, obtaining statements from up to 2 witnesses, and cross examination of 2 prosecution witnesses. Preparation of your case and conducting the hearing. The initial hearing to list the case will be dealt with by letter. Providing advice on appeal if unsuccessful, drafting notice of appeal and making an application to restore your licence pending appeal if necessary. -
A court date is received quite quickly and the case should conclude on the day of the hearing and within 6 months. This fee does not include any appeal that may be heard in the Crown Court.

£750.00 plus VAT

To provide initial advice, take instructions in conference or over the telephone and prepare the case for hearing.
Apply to the Court for listing and conduct the hearing. -
The case should conclude within 3-6 months and should conclude on the day of the Court Hearing.

£750.00 plus VAT The Court may charge a fee for loading the application which is not included in the fee.

This largely depends upon the case. Legal Aid may be available. For a Magistrates case with 2 prosecution witnesses and the defendant to give evidence. The fee does include providing advice on appeal but not the actual appeal hearing itself. A trial in the Magistrates Court should be listed within 3 months of the initial Court Hearing if not sooner.

£800.00 plus VAT

For more complex cases we will provide a quote on a case by case basis.


The typical timescales

We cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court.

We will attend court on the day and meet with you before going before the court. We anticipate being at court for up to half a day. These type of cases are all usually concluded within 6 months.

We will discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.

Experience and qualifications of your representatives

The names of the firm’s specialist Criminal Defence lawyers are Peter Docherty, Adam Scott and James Richard Scott.  You can see more about the professional details, experience and qualifications on the “Solicitors” part of our website. All work is supervised by a Director.

Contact us to arrange an appointment


98 West Road
Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 9QA

Tel: 0191 2739929




Office 52

Tanfield Lea Business Centre
North Industrial Estate
Tanfield Lea

Tel: 01207 591810




2-4 Wellwood Street

Amble NE65 0EW

Tel: 0191 273 9929




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