Not guilty plea (1 offence) – £1500 (incl. VAT) – £3000 (incl. VAT)*

If you decide upon our advice to enter a not guilty plea/s at the Magistrates court we will work with you to prepare a thorough case and represent you at the Magistrates’ court trial.

Stages of process:

The key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you have entered a not guilty plea and have a date for your hearing.

  • Initial consultation and advice by phone/person
  • Review of charge summons and evidence and provide advice
  • Further consultation by phone/in person regarding defence, explaining the court procedure so you know what to expect at 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 have
  • We cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing
  • We will attend court on the day and meet with you before going before the court. We anticipate being at court for half a day
  • We will discuss the outcome after the court hearing with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost

Our fee includes:

  • Attending to you over the phone/in person
  • A full assessment of the evidence including advice on likely sentence/prospects of success
  • Minimum of 2 hours’ attendance/preparation:
  • Considering evidence
  • Providing advice in relation to plea and likely sentence
  • Written plea and written case management
  • Full representation up to and including the trial hearing for no more than half a day
  • Providing assistance in obtaining character reference evidence and mitigating any penalties that the Court may impose
  • Where appropriate, advice on whether an exceptional hardship or special reasons argument should be made
  • Barristers fees
  • Car parking/mileage or other travelling expenses

Our fee does not include:

  • Instruction of any expert witnesses
  • Taking statements from any witnesses
  • Advice and assistance in relation to a special reasons hearing
  • Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal
  • Representation in person at any case management hearings
  • Third party or experts fees
  • If the court of its own volition sees fit to adjourn your trial to another date, requiring us to reschedule date of attendance
  • Any work following the conclusion of your final hearing or appeal which would incur additional fees
  • Costs in relation to transfer proceedings
  • Any fine imposed by the court, surcharge or order for costs made in favour of prosecution

The fees for our service can vary depending on a number of factors including:

  • Additional time required
  • Contacting witnesses/third parties
  • Liaising with courts
  • If the trial runs over half a day
  • The location of the trial
  • Number of witnesses involved
  • Number of offences committed


Court proceedings will usually be issued within six months of the offence, however it can take up to 12 months to proceed with a hearing.

At this stage we do not expect to do any work outside the terms of any fixed price quoted, however we will notify you if this changes and discuss with you how the additional work may be charged.

*If successful and acquitted or proceedings are discontinued by the prosecution you may be entitled to obtain a defence costs order

Visit our team page to find out more about the experience and qualifications of individuals who may assist you with your case.

If you would like further information on any of our services or fees, please contact the Team for FREE initial advice on 0115 910 6239 or email