Road Traffic & Motoring Offences

ShenSmith is licensed and regulated by the Bar Standards Board to provide legal advice, litigation, and representation.

Our barristers can advise and represent you in court if you are charged with a ‘summary only’ motoring offence. This is a motoring offence which can only be heard in the Magistrates’ Court. For example, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, careless driving, failing to stop or report and speeding.

Motoring Offences Timescales

Timescales for our services may vary depending on factors such as barristers’ availability, the complexity of your case and the need for additional documents. As a guide, written advice on your case will be available within 1-2 weeks where possible. You may also need representation at short notice. If so, please contact the clerks and our barristers will aim to represent you at the hearing where possible.


We charge fixed fees, where possible, which means that we will charge you a set amount of money for the work. Otherwise, we may indicate that an hourly rate is required, which is explained in further detail in our Terms of Business, linked in the page footer. Below we provide estimates based on the ranges of fixed fees for barristers provided by ShenSmith Law. All fees are subject to VAT.

Fixed fees may vary depending on your needs – for example, your fees may be towards the higher end of the range if you need a more experienced barrister and/or you have a complex case. If you have a particularly complex case, your fees may also be higher than the estimates below. There are also likely to be additional costs, such as requiring reports, references, or other documents, and other expenses, such as travel and/or postage, not covered here.

Stage of case

Ranges of fixed fees (all fees are estimates and subject to VAT)

Written advice on your case

Letter to rebut Conditional Offer of Fixed Penalty (subject to having a conference and/or advice, and, there being a defence available to rebut the alleged offence)

£250 – £1500

£250 — £850

Preparation of case, including conferences with you and assistance with drafting of court documents

£500 – £2500

Guilty pleas

£250 – £850

First appearance (pre-trial court appearance)

£150 – £500

First day of trial

£500 – £1500

Court appearances per day, after the first day of trial

£300 – £1500

Contact Us

All information is correct as of 5.7.19, but fees are estimates only. For the most accurate fixed fee estimate, please contact the clerks on 02033 939 585, or e-mail [email protected]



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