Road traffic lawyers in Finchley, North London

Our team of Road Traffic Lawyers in Finchley, North London, can advise on the full range of road traffic offences, from drink driving and speeding to driving whilst disqualified and dangerous driving.

If driving for work is essential to your livelihood, being handed a driving ban and losing your licence could have a devastating impact on you, your family and your business. How would you cope without your car?

Even road traffic offences that do not lead immediately to a driving ban can contribute to totting-up offences that can ultimately result in the loss of your licence and even your livelihood.

Led and supervised by Partner and experienced solicitor, Stephen Silverman, our expert team of motoring offences solicitors can advise on matters including:

The law and the procedures that must be followed as part of a motoring offences prosecution are precise and complicated, making them potentially difficult to navigate, even in seemingly straightforward cases. After all, do you know what the prosecution would have to prove for the court to convict you of careless driving?

Our specialist team will advise you on the strength of the case against you, ensuring that the law is applied correctly and procedures are followed properly at every stage, as well as ensuring that any mitigating factors are put before the court in the strongest possible terms.

Whether you intend to plead guilty or not guilty, you should ensure you are represented by an expert road traffic lawyer, who can advise you on the intricacies of the law and make sure the best possible arguments are put forward on your behalf.

Contact us today to find out how we can help.

Fees

Fees £280-£375 per hour plus VAT depending on nature and severity of charges.

The total fee to deal with guilty plea and plea of mitigation is in the region of £750 to £1750 plus VAT, plus counsel’s fees of approximately £1,000 – £1,750 plus VAT. These fees may increase depending on the complexity and whether the matter becomes protracted, for example requiring more than one court hearing.

If the matter is defended, our fees will depend the complexity of the matter and the extent of witness evidence to be obtained. A detailed costs estimate will be provided at the time the matter becomes a defended claim. 

A defended motoring offense claim is likely to cost from £3,000 plus VAT upwards (can be as much as £15,000 – £20,000 plus VAT), depending on complexity. In addition, counsel fees will be incurred which again will vary depending on the complexities of the case and number of court hearings required but are likely to be in the region of £3,000 plus VAT, increasing to around £12,000 plus VAT. 

[Please note all VAT is charged at the prevailing rate of 20%]

Key Stages

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

We will:

  • Take your instructions on what happened.
  • Consider initial disclosure, and any other evidence and provide advice.
  • Take any witness statements if necessary to support mitigation (this will have an additional
    cost).
  • 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.
  • Conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if
    necessary and answer any follow up queries you have.
  • We cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends
    on the court listing for that day.
  • Attend court on the day and meet with you before going before the court. We
    anticipate being at court for half a day.
  • Discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry
    an additional cost.

The key stages if you plead Not Guilty depending on the severity of the case will usually include:

  • Taking your detailed instruction and providing you with initial advice on the Law and options open to you.
  • Considering all disclosure evidence and any requests for further disclosure.
  • Instructing counsel to advise, possibly in conference.
  • Attending First hearing with you to enter plea.
  • Taking witness statements from you and any supporting witnesses.
  • Instructing any appropriate experts in respect of technical points or health matters.
  • Arranging further advice from counsel or attendances in conference.
  • Preparing matter for Trial.

Timescales

The majority of guilty pleas are dealt with on one occasion and therefore conclude on that day. This may alter if there is a need to adjourn the hearing for any further pre-sentencing evidence or reports.

Trial cases for  defended summary only motoring offences will usually conclude within 3 to 6 months of the first court appearance. Trial cases usually accommodate up to three hearings (1st appearance, case management hearing and trial). The time scale can be longer if there is a need to obtain expert reports or there are any other extenuating circumstances.

Timescales can vary from case to case. We will keep you informed of timescales as your matter progresses.

For further advice on our Road Traffic offences services please contact us today.