We will always agree our fees with you in advance to give you certainty and peace of mind….
Sometimes we need to work based on an hourly rate. However, sometimes we can offer a fixed fee for the work we undertake. Appleby Shaw work quickly and efficiently on behalf of you and we are very conscious that our time is your money.
We want you to be able to relax after you have instructed us and allow us to take the strain.
You choose which level of service you want and we will get to work.
We set out below our fixed fees applicable to the various types of motoring offences.
All quoted prices exclude VAT. Unless stated otherwise VAT will be charged at the current rate of 20%.
Written Representations – £1,000 plus VAT
Appleby Shaw will work on your behalf to try in order to encourage the police not to issue court proceedings. Representation at court is not included
Written Mitigation – £700 plus VAT
A full statement will be taken from you following which, we will analyse the evidence before mitigating on your behalf to try in order to persuade the court not to impose a discretionary ban – representation at court is not included.
Application to Remove a Ban Early – £1,000 plus VAT plus any fee charged by the Court
Although you may have been disqualified from driving there are occasions when we will be able to apply to the court to get your ban lifted. (Please note: you have to have been banned for at least two years.)
This is not an easy application but we will fully prepare the application, list it at the court that convicted you and send an advocate to court with you. £1,000 plus VAT plus any fee that is charged by the court (this is at the discretion of individual courts) and is VAT exempt.
Written Exceptional Hardship/Special Reasons Argument – £700 plus VAT
Fully supported exceptional hardship argument in writing. Appleby Shaw will analyse the evidence and take a full statement from you. We will prepare your exceptional hardship argument and present it to the magistrates in writing. Then, we’ll fully prepare you in relation to what to expect when you get to court. Representation at court is not included.
Fully represented Exceptional Hardship/Mitigation – £1,200 plus VAT
All the above, plus representation at court by a Solicitor/Advocate/Barrister from our firm or an expert panel. This fee does not apply to imprisonable offences such as drink driving.
Contested Trial/Special Reasons Argument
We will fully prepare your case for trial.
Our team will take all necessary witness statements and make detailed representations to the CPS where appropriate to try to persuade them to withdraw the proceedings without the need for trial.
We will deal with the court and apply for adjournments where necessary.
On your behalf, we’ll deal with all issues in relation to disclosure.
We will provide a specialist Solicitor/Advocate/Barrister to represent you at trial from our firm or an expert panel.
Where appropriate we will advise you on appeal.
Not included in the fee is the price of any expert. If an expert is necessary, for example a toxicologist, we will discuss the likely fees in advance and agree these with you.
£1,500 plus VAT to include a specialist Solicitor/Advocate/Barrister to represent you from our firm or expert panel at any preliminary hearing. Each further hearing or Trial will be £1,000 plus VAT and again will include a specialist Barrister.
Factors That Can Affect the Fixed Fee
We try where possible to adhere to the fees set out above. However, occasionally if you instruct us at short notice just before a hearing or in connection with several allegations or the court dealing with your case is in a remote location, then there will be a slight increase to the fees quoted above. We will always discuss this with you in advance.
If we have included a barrister within the agreed fee and there’s more than one hearing necessary, there will be an additional charge of £500 plus VAT for each additional hearing.
Drink Driving and Dangerous Driving Related Cases
The fixed fee approach will not apply in cases where you are facing a very serious allegation with serious consequences or if the case is complex. Then we will discuss with you in advance acting on an hourly rate basis. Our hourly rate is £200 plus VAT.
We will give you our best estimate when you instruct us and continue to provide cost information and updates throughout the case. However, our fees can range from £3,000 plus VAT to £10,000 plus VAT. This does not include expert fees or the cost of representation by a barrister at any court hearing.
Vat is charged at the prevailing rate which is currently 20%.
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