We conduct work representing people facing a motoring summons in the magistrates’ court. Firstly, you could choose to pay our fees at the hourly rate of £150 plus VAT for the time we spend on your case. The work conducted at this rate incudes all traveling, waiting, preparing your case and conducting hearings. In addition, we will also charge you for our mileage incurred travelling in the course of your case art the rate of 45p per mile and you will also be charged for other expenses incurred e.g. car parking.
If your case involves the work of a non-lawyer, e.g. a doctor, an interpreter or an expert then that person’s fee will be charged in addition.
We also require payments on account throughout the course of your case of £600 each payable within 7 days of our requesting payment.
Secondly, we are also able to offer fixed fees for the work we do. There are three possible fees that might apply and the lawyer attending upon you will indicate which fee applies to your scenario. If your case appears to be a straightforward trial, we can offer a fixed fee of £2000 plus VAT. If your case is to be determined across two hearings then the fixed fee is £1000 plus VAT. If your case is to be completed in a single hearing then the fixed fee is £500 plus VAT. If you agree to a fixed fee then the fee includes all legal work done on your behalf and the expenses incurred by the lawyers. The only thing excluded from the fee is the cost of any work conducted by a non-lawyer (e.g. for doctors or experts reports or interpreter’s fees).
You should be aware that the fee will be applied irrespective of the amount of work that we have to do on your behalf – for example, if you agree to pay a fixed fee and the following day the prosecution drop the proceedings against you, you will still be liable to us for the fixed fee you have agreed to. On the other hand, if we end up doing far more work than we would ordinarily do for the fixed fee then the loss is ours and you will not be charged any more.
In a typical case where a person intends to plead guilty, then that plea and sentence happens at the first hearing and the case is concluded on the same day. Where there might be a trial or a hearing set up to specifically consider special reasons to not disqualify a person, or exceptional hardship, then you should expect there to be two hearings. Where a person pleads not guilty, then a typical case requires at least two hearings and sometimes a third before it is concluded.
All of the motoring legal work is conducted by qualified solicitors, all of whom are experienced advocates. If we delegate your trial to a barrister, we will ensure you are involved in that process and that an advocate of suitable experience is instructed. All solicitors are supervised by a solicitor or a partner of the firm.
Estate Administration and Grants of Representation
We are dedicated to providing clear and transparent pricing for estate administration services and grant of representation. We’ll help you match the best option to your circumstances.
What’s the average cost of a case?
The cost of your case will depend on a number of different factors including the time spent advising on the managing the administration of the estate. The cost of administering an estate will vary depending on the nature and complexity of the estate. Factors that will have an impact may include the number of assets, life policies, investments, properties, the number of beneficiaries, bequests and the need to correspond with third parties.
- Our fees for the administration of an estate range between 2.5% to 4% of the gross value of the estate.
- Our fixed fee for a straight forward Grant application is £1,000. If the application involves more complex issues, an uplift will be charged that will be agreed with you in advance.
VAT is charged in addition at 20%.
Our hourly rates range from £200 plus vat. Based on your individual circumstances we’ll advise you on the best option for you.
Each case is unique and we’ll advise in your initial consultation and throughout what level of support is required. We’ve listed below that areas we’ll undertake when appointed on an Estate Administration:
- Obtaining initial instructions, reviewing papers and providing advice at the outset
- Contacting third parties e.g. banks, financial institutions, utility companies, local councils and insurance companies
- Preparation of legal documents and probate papers or grant applications
- Lodging the papers with the Probate Registry and HM Revenue & Customs if appropriate.
- Arrange for any inheritance tax to be paid
- Arrange for the deceased’s accounts to be closed.
- Settling any estate liabilities and cash legacies
- Drawing up final Estate Accounts showing assets received, liabilities settled, any income received and the balance due to the beneficiaries of the estate
- Distributing the estate
Once appointed to undertake your Grant of Representation we’ll prepare all the paperwork required to obtain the Grant and submit the application. We’ll also prepare and submit the appropriate HMRC Inheritance Tax return.
How long will my case take?
Each case is individual and can differ in the time it takes to settle. Generally, we’d expect estate administrations to take between six months to a year and Grant of representations approximately three months.
Are there any other costs involved?
To ensure the smooth running of your case we handle any additional necessary payments to third parties on your behalf. These payments are called disbursements and will differ on a case by case basis. We’ll consult you about these costs in advance and they’ll be charged back to you at the end of your case
- Mary E. Cleaver LLB (Hons)
- Claire R. Lockwood LLB (Hons)
- James S. Yardy LLM