Criminal Law Costs

Guidance on Costs
e.g. Road Traffic Offence

@Cornwall Law LLP are happy to advise all clients as to their eligibility for legal aid.

Where clients are not eligible for legal aid, fees will be charged as follows.

Road Traffic Offences  – Range of Costs

The cost of each case will depend on the amount of work required. 

The charge rate for work relating to road traffic offences is £200.00 per hour plus VAT.  All letters written (including emails) and telephone calls made and received are charged at £20.00 per item plus VAT whilst all letters received (including emails) are charged at £10.00 per item plus VAT. 

VAT will be added at the national rate, currently 20%, to all fees charged by this firm.

As an approximate guide, we estimate our costs would be as follows but we will advise you in respect of your particular case at the start of the matter and we will provide updates as the matter progresses. 

 Pricing for representing you in criminal proceedings relating to road traffic offences:-

 Simple case                                   £ 250.00 (excluding VAT)

 Medium complexity case              £ 400.00 (excluding VAT)

 High complexity case                    £ 750.00-£1,000.00 (excluding VAT)

 Factors that could make a case more complex:-

 ·         Complex area of law

·         Death involved

·         Multiple Defendants

·         Trial required

·         Number of witness and documents

 Generally, we would allow 1 day depending on the complexity of your case.

 Disbursements

 Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Court fees, or travelling expenses.  We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. 

 Counsel’s fees estimated between £750.00-£1,000.00 (excluding VAT) per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending the Tribunal Hearing (including preparation). 

 Travelling expenses are charged at 45p per mile plus VAT charged at the national rate, currently 20%.

 Key Stages

 The key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you have entered a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing

 ·         Meet with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened

·         We will consider initial disclosure, and any other evidence and provide advice

·         Arranging to take any witness statements if necessary

·         We will explain the Court procedure to you so you know what to expect on the day of your hearing, and the sentencing options available to the Court

·         We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you have

·         Representing you at the hearing and explaining the outcome to you

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

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the above are not required, the fee will be reduced.  You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages.  This can also be arranged on your individual needs. 

How long will my matter take?

 We cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the Court listing for that day

 The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved.   We will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.