Summary Only Motoring Offences

Summary only offences 

  • These are offences that can only be heard in the Magistrates Court. 
Common summary only motoring offences 
  • Speeding;
  • Using a mobile phone while driving;
  • Careless driving;
  • Failing to name a driver;
  • Drink driving;
  • Driving without insurance;
 Legal Aid

Unfortunately, we do not offer Legal Aid and so you will need to instruct us privately.

  •  Guilty Pleas - concluded in one court session eg morning or afternoon- fixed fee £800 plus VAT at 20%;
  • Guilty pleas - taking more than one court session - £1,100 plus VAT at 20%
  • A plea of exceptional hardship - where you face disqualification for reaching 12 or more points on your licence - fixed fee £1,000 plus VAT at 20%;
  • Special reasons - where you have a reason relating to the offence which means you should not be disqualified from driving eg emergency - fixed fee £1,250 plus VAT at 20%;
  • Trials - where you plead not guilty to the offence and take the case to trial - fees negotiable depending upon the complexity of the case. Fixed fees offered where possible or an hourly rate of £200 plus VAT at 20%. The amount charged will not be less than £1,500 plus VAT at 20%.
These prices include all case preparation, consideration of the evidence and representation at court. They do not include:
  • the costs of instructing an expert if required;
  • taking statements from any witnesses;
  • advice and assistance in relation to any appeal; 
  • travel.
These will be negotiated separately according to the nature and location of the case. Where an expert is instructed this will be a disbursement and VAT will be payable by you on their fees at 20%.

Legal Studio will strive to keep to the prices quoted above, but higher fees may be charged with a client’s agreement, especially where the case has a higher degree of complexity than anticipated.

Who will represent me?

Edmund Conybeare has 25 years experience in criminal law and has defended numerous driving cases, from bald tyres through to causing death by dangerous driving. He is highly experienced in pleas of exceptional hardship and has retained the licences of many people facing disqualification, from professional drivers to company directors. He used to prosecute for the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency and is expert in road transport cases. He has been described by Queen’s Counsel as a ‘first class solicitor’.

​Key Stages
  • Meeting with us to provide instructions on what happened.
  • Considering initial disclosure and any other evidence and providing advice.
  • Explaining 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.
  • Conducting any further preparatory work, obtaining further instructions from you if necessary and answering any follow up queries you have.
  • Attending court on the day and meeting with you prior to going before the court. We anticipate being at court for half a day.
  • Discussing the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.

We are unable to provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing for that day.