While the law surrounding motoring offences is usually clear, not every offence is simple and straightforward. It may well not be clear whether the evidence is sufficient to secure a conviction and there may well be disagreement as to what the evidence actually is and how reliable it is. Witnesses often have entirely different views on what they actually saw.
A summary offence can only be heard in a magistrates court unless the matter is in some way linked with a more serious case that is ongoing in a Crown Court
Examples of Summary Only offences include:
- Driving over the speed limit.
- Failure to stop and report after an Accident
- Failure to exchange details after an accident
- Failure to provide details of driver on request
- Failure to provide insurance details on request
- Failure to be in proper control of your car
- Failure to provide a specimen for analysis
- Driving over the prescribed limit of alcohol or drugs
- Being in charge of a vehicle whilst over the prescribed limit of alcohol or drugs.
- Using a hand held device whilst driving
- Driving without due care and attention (careless driving)
- Driving without insurance
- Driving in breach of the conditions of your driving licence
- Driving whilst disqualified
- Fixed Penalty Tickets
- Congestions Charge violations
- Parking and other obstruction offences including Pay and Display
- Traffic Signals and Signs violations
- Camera evidenced Red Light , Bus Lane and other traffic violation offence cameras
- Motoring offences can result in a person’s driving licence being endorsed with penalty points or being revoked, the person receiving a fine or even a prison sentence in certain circumstances.
We can assist with offences committed throughout the country and are readily available to those clients in Greater London and the adjoining Home Counties.
Our team has many years’ experience in motoring offences and is able to assist on the most complex of cases, that require expert analysis, to enable comprehensive advice to be given.
Our defence team contains 4 solicitors supported by a graduate paralegal team is made up of four members of staff that can assist you on your case. No matter who works on your matter, they will be closely supervised by our principal solicitor, Mr Manzoor Ahmad Shah.
Please note that the above is an inexhaustive list of matters we can assist in.
Our defence team is headed by the principal of our practice Manzoor Ahmed Shah who is a Solicitor with over 17 years experience.. He supervises the whole Defence team. In the team we have 4 Solicitors, and a graduate
Paralegal with very many years of experience between them. They are:
- Manzoor Ahmad Shah, Solicitor and director of the firm
- Khadija Khan, Solicitor
- Neil Blackaby, Solicitor
- Naseer Ahmad Shah, Solicitor
- Mohammed Tanweer, Graduate Paralegal
Each adopts a friendly but professional approach to their work ensuring that the best possible advice and
service is given to our clients.
- Manzoor Ahmad Shah Solicitor & director of the firm £300 + VAT
- Khadija Khan. Solicitor £250 + VAT
- Neil Blackaby Solicitor £250 + VAT
- Naseer Ahmad Shah Solicitor £220 + VAT
- Mohammed Tanweer Graduate Paralegal £150 + VAT
- Any other support caseworker £150 + VAT
Our minimum charge for a straight forward uncontested motoring offence case, which involves only 1 hearing is £1,000 plus VAT.
If however the case is complex and involves more than one hearing, or if you plead not guilty, or if you require an expert’s report, then we will charge on an hourly rate basis of £250 plus VAT, with an estimation of 20
hours worth of work involved.
VAT will be charged at a rate of 20%.
- Considering evidence
- Taking your instructions
- Providing advice on likely sentence
- Attendance and representation at a single
hearing at the Magistrates’ Court
- Instruction of any expert witnesses
- Taking statements from any witnesses
- Advice and assistance in relation to a special
- Advice and assistance of any newton hearing
- Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal
The likely disbursements in such cases can be in the form of:
- Expert Witness Reports which may cost in the
range of £1,000.00 to £2,000.00 plus VAT.
- Counsel’s fees which can range from £500
– £1000 plus VAT per day.
The key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you have entered a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing.
- Meet with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened.
- Consideration of initial disclosure, and any other evidence and provide advice thereof.
- Arrange to take any witness statements if necessary, please be advised that this may carry an additional cost.
- We will 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.
- We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you may have.
- We cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the Court listing for that day.
- A member of staff or a representative instructed by the firm will attend Court on the day and meet with you before going to the Court. We will advise you of an estimate of time for the hearing.
- We will discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost
Timescales can vary depending on the case and the complexity of issues that are involved. For straightforward motoring offence cases, it will normally take between 3 – 6 months to finalise a case. However, where
cases are more complex, it can take up to a year and sometimes beyond that. However, we will always keep you updated.
We can advise at all stages of the proceedings, from pre-arrest (making enquiries into whether an extradition request has been made) and to advice at the police station on arrest and representation at Westminster Magistrates Court and High Court.