It is perfectly natural for any user of a lawyer, whether Solicitor or Barrister, to want to know the cost. If you are visiting this site, and looking to compare the cost with other Motoring Lawyers you should know that the Solicitors Regulation Authority have imposed upon Solicitor practices an obligation, from December 2018, to be transparent with the fees they charge in this area of law and to advertise them on their websites.
Phil has been providing open and transparent fee structures for years and is happy to do so in every case. He will happily speak with you initially free of charge to determine the nature of the problem and whether he can help.
If you are happy for Phil to represent you he will thereafter offer a fixed fee service, allowing you the peace of mind in knowing that there will be no sneaky extras. You will not be left worried about whether a call to him will add to the bill, or whether you will be charged for him writing letter as these, and all administration involved in your case will be included within the fixed price quoted when Phil is instructed. You will not even be charged extra for Phil's travel costs in attending court. And as you will be engaging Phil under the Barrister Direct Access scheme, you will be safe in the knowledge that it will be Phil who is dealing with your case throughout.
All that Phil asks for in return is that his fees are paid in advance of the hearing - if the matter is likely to take some time a payment plan can be arranged.
Phil is able to accept credit and debit card payments, enabling fees to be paid without difficulty.Please let Phil know if you wish to pay in this way.
Although certain cases ( such as those involving fatalities or Crown Court proceedings) are difficult to accurately assess, the majority of Motoring cases are dealt with in the Magistrates Court, and Phil's fees for these cases are as follows (from November 2018)
Guilty Plea (no Hardship or Special Reasons), from £600
Guilty Plea (Hardship or Special Reasons), from £900
Half day Trial Hearing, from £1200 (Mags Court)
Full day Trial Hearing, from £1500 (Mags Court)
Crown Court Appeals ( Sentence or Conviction), from £900 (if Phil has not done the Magistrates Court Hearing)
Initial or Interim Hearing, where instructed on trial, from £300
Stand alone Conferences for advice only, no court representation, from £200
Review of case papers and subsequent written advice, from £200
Initial Consultation by phone: Free of Charge
* "From" means that where travel of more than 1.5 hours each way is required, Phil's fee will increase by £200 to cover the cost of travel.
Phil recognises that clients rarely have limitless funds, and so, unlike some firms, will always make the client aware of the "economics" of their decision.
For example, in addition to fines - which are dependent upon a combination of a client's means and the speed at which they plead guilty - prosecution costs and a surcharge are payable. The level of prosecution costs is dependent on whether a plea of guilty is entered early - if delayed the difference can be more than £500.
Wrong advice can, in the circumstances, prove extremely costly making it all the more important to receive the right advice. Early.
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The Legal Ombudsman website can be found here: www.legalombudsman.org.uk