Miscellaneous Driving Offences

The fees on this page only relate to motoring matters which are not covered on our other pricing pages.

The fees only relate to proceedings which are, or would be, heard in the Magistrates’ Court.


We charge a fixed fee which, dependent on the seriousness of the matter and the likely work involved, will be between £1,250 and £3,000 plus VAT @ 20%.

There may also be barrister’s fees. The instruction of a barrister will be discussed and agreed with you in advance. The barrister’s fee is likely to be between £500 and £2,000 plus VAT @ 20%.


a. Initial advice pre summons (or postal requisition);

b. Review prosecution initial disclosure and advise on plea;

c. Explaining the court procedure to you;

d. Providing advice on likely sentence;

e. Preparation of a bundle of documents to support your case;

f. Taking proof of evidence from you;

g. Taking proof of any witness who may support your case; and

h. Representation at Magistrates’ Court for a hearing entering plea and mitigation.

What does this fee assume/exclude:

  • That a guilty plea has been entered and you have a date for your hearing.
  • The prosecution, police, HMCTS (Court service), and client will deal with matters expeditiously.
  • The matter can be dealt with in one attendance at the Magistrates’ Court, matters adjourned for pre-sentence reports or for additional disclosure to be served will incur additional charges.
  • If material is disclosed at first hearing which indicates that a not guilty plea is appropriate the matter will not be concluded at first appearance.
  • That you will communicate with us when asked to and provide full instructions when required.

If any of these key assumptions are incorrect or change over time, we will need to provide you with a revised scope of work, revised timetable and revised fee.

To help avoid any misunderstanding, we bring to your attention the fact that that we are not providing
you with any advice on any of the following:

  • Attendance at the police station.
  • Advice on whether exceptional hardship or special reasons applies to your case.
  • Attendance at appointments with the probation service.
  • Attendance after court for the purpose of fines enforcement.
  • Attendance at court when produced in custody following a failure to appear on bail or response to a summon.
  • Any appeals against sentence.
  • Attending on or dealing with the press.
  • Booking or advising on a speed awareness course.
  • Taking proof of evidence from more than 3 witnesses.
  • Drafting any documentation (including a notice of appeal) in relation to an appeal to the Crown Court.
  • Representation at the Crown Court.
  • Booking or advising on a drink driving rehabilitation course.

If applicable, we will price these and any other requirements separately for you. When necessary we will, in consultation with you, obtain such additional advice as is required from appropriately qualified third parties. Please note that on the occasion an expert is required the expert’s fees are not included in this fixed fee.

Please note that if a not guilty plea is to be entered the fee will likely be higher than the above figures. The amount of the fee will depend on such things as the issue generally, whether complex areas of law are involved, number of witnesses, and the length of the trial.

Our Team

Nils O’Donoghue – Partner and Solicitor

Based: Huddersfield and Halifax Offices.

Nils joined Chadwick Lawrence in May 2011, becoming an Associate with the firm in October 2015, and a Partner in October 2017. Nils has 10 years’ PQE experience. Nils helps businesses and individuals with their regulatory and compliance issues both on a contentious and non-contentious basis.

Nils has an enviable success rate in motoring law matters and regularly acts for individuals who find themselves being prosecuted by the Police for speeding, drink driving and other various motoring law offences.

Nils also advises individuals who are being interviewed under caution by the Police and other prosecuting bodies, and also has experience of advising both individuals and businesses who are being investigated or prosecuted by Trading Standards, the CQC, the FCA, HM Revenue and Customs, Local Authorities and The Health and Safety Executive, import and export issues.

Nils’ hourly rate for motoring matters is £280 plus VAT @ 20%.