Are you being accused of a crime, being investigated, arrested or facing prosecution?
Get in touch with our Criminal Defence Team. Our leading criminal defence solicitors in London will provide strong legal representation and expert guidance.
We regularly represent clients and cover the following areas:
Acts of Aggression or Violence
White Collar crime
Cyber and Social Media offences
County Lines Drug offences
Importation of Drugs and Steroids
Cash and Asset Forfeiture / Confiscation
Public Order offences
How to fund your case
We will be able to assess whether you are eligible for legal aid. If you are not and wish to have private self-funded representation, we can offer you fixed fees or a cost estimate. You can discuss your case with us on the telephone, in person and we can also visit you in prison, if necessary.
Our initial fee packages for Motoring Offence cases depend on the seriousness of the offence and the amount of work involved in preparing the case. Our fixed fees begin from £1,500 up to £3,500 + VAT.
We offer hourly rate services in relation to complex matters. Our current hourly rate for a senior solicitor is £450 per hour.
Below is a list of indicative fixed fee prices we offer for regular case types. The applicable rate of VAT is currently 20%. For more complex case types we may offer to work only at an hourly rate:
1. Standard guilty plea cases: This includes advice on the papers, a meeting in advance and advocacy at one hearing to support a plea in mitigation after a guilty plea – £1,500.00 plus 20% VAT. We would advise on the merits of an appeal, but the fee does not include the conduct of an appeal.
2. Exceptional hardship guilty plea cases: This includes advice on the papers, a meeting in advance and advocacy at one hearing to support a plea in mitigation asserting exceptional hardship– £1,200.00 plus 20% VAT. We would advise on the merits of an appeal, but the fee does not include the conduct of an appeal.
3. Contested Cases (trials, contested facts at sentence and special reasons pleas): This includes advice on all papers, all necessary litigation, all necessary meetings with you or witnesses, advocacy at the first day of trial hearing – £3,500.00 plus 20% VAT. If the trial hearing goes beyond 1 day, then a refresher fee is charged based on the counsel's daily fee. We would advise on the merits of an appeal, but the fee does not include the conduct of an appeal.
4. Statutory declarations to quash convictions in absence – £200.00 plus 20% VAT on papers, £300.00 plus 20% VAT if attending a hearing. This includes meeting with you to take instructions, draft the application and serving it.
We request payments on account but are willing to accept instalments in the build up to the final hearing. You can discuss any such arrangements with the Solicitor who has conduct of your case.
Disbursements are not included in our professional serves fess, and court representation by counsel/advocate is charged separately. In the event additional work or preparation is required, we will inform you at the time and/or in advance.
We will provide an estimate of costs prior to you agreeing to engage us. One reason we might not offer a fixed fee is the need to instruct an expert witness. Expert witnesses are occasionally required and would be charged as a disbursement. While it is not possible to outline all types, toxicology reports (in drink and drug driving cases) cost in the region of £400.00 – £1,000.00 plus 20% VAT and crash scene investigator’s reports are in the region of £2,000.00 plus 20% VAT.
Please note that all fees including disbursements will attract VAT at 20%.
Our criminal defence solicitors make holistic assessments, provide advice gather evidence and information in the case. Equally as important, we listen to our clients and keep them updated on their case, as we understand it can be a distressing experience.
We will communicate always, as we present to our clients the strategic options available. Good intuition, earned by experience, our solicitors will inform you on what can happen and prepare for possible hurdles, so that we can achieve a great outcome.
The average timescale for a criminal matter can vary depending on the seriousness of the offence charged and court administration timetable. On average a driving offence could take 3 months, whereas other serious criminal matters could take up to 12 months.
The timescale varies and is dependent on a range of factors, such as obtaining evidence, complexity of evidence, quantity of evidence, availability of courts, number of co-defendants and the timetable set down by the court in the case.
Due to COVID-19, there has been a well documented backlog in the criminal courts of cases, and therefore dates for hearings may be longer than expected, and may be removed last minute by the court if there is no availability to accommodate by the courts.
Defence Cost Order
If a defendant is successful, a Defense Cost Order (DCO) is usually granted by the court. A DCO entitles a firm to apply for a portion of the costs associated with challenging the allegation. The client may receive a portion of this back.
If you are facing an investigation or prosecution, we are able to provide you with expert legal representation and advice.