Motoring Offences

An incident involving a motoring offence can have overwhelming consequences for all those involved. Our barristers have the requisite experience to defend and mitigate in court.

Motoring Offence issues covered include:

Careless Driving, Dangerous Driving, Death by Dangerous or Careless driving, Driving whilst disqualified, Driving without insurance, Driving without a licence, Driving without a valid MOT, Drink driving, Drug driving, Early reinstatement of driving licence, Endorsements and Penalty points, Failing to notify the DVLA Failure to provide a specimen, Failing to stop after an accident Failing to report an accident, Totting up / Facing 12 points Using a mobile phone whilst driving, Speeding, Traffic offences, Driving Licence offences, New drivers, Appealing motoring convictions, Tachograph manipulation.

Public Access – Motoring Offences (Summary Only)

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.


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 two to four 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.

Additional costs

If required, travel and hotel expenses are charged at cost and included within the fixed fee unless stated.

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We charge fixed fees, which means that we will charge you a set amount of money for the work. Below we provide estimates based on the ranges of fixed fees for barristers at Quartz Barristers Chambers. All fees include VAT (where applicable), each barrister profile states if they are VAT registered.

The 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 more 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 for time spent in correspondence via telephone/video conferences or drafting documents. The cost will be fixed and agreed in advance based upon the barrister’s hourly rate as stated on their profile.

An indication of our range of typical fixed fees are listed below:

Stage of CaseRanges of fixed fees (estimate)
Written advice on your case£500 – £750
Advising in face to face conference£500 – £1400
Advising by telephone/video conference£250 – £1050
Guilty pleas£1000 – £1500
First appearance (pre-trial court appearance)£750 – £1500
First day of trial£1500 – £3000
Court appearances per day, after the first day of trial£750 – £1500

Case Studies

  • How can a barrister help with contesting a driving ban?

    Support with challenging a motoring offence – how can a barrister help contest a driving ban? Here we will share our guidance on how you can work with a barrister to contest a motoring offence or subsequent punishments that may come about if you are charged with offences such as speeding. A barrister can help

    23rd November 2022

    Lockdown restrictions were recently extended by the UK Government until 7 May, but the advice remains the same, keep your social distancing, stay local and do not travel unnecessarily. The Coronavirus Act 2020 effectively seeks to limit people’s behaviour, permitting them to go out for essential journeys only and with a ‘reasonable excuse’. There is

    21st April 2020
  • Drink driving hearing

    Richard recently represented a client charged with drink driving at the first hearing and then the trial.  Although the client pleaded guilty, Richard was able to mitigate on her behalf and obtain the minimum length of ban, the minimum fine and the minimum amount of costs. First Hearing representation including preparation – £300 (Not VAT

    2nd May 2019

Claire Litchfield – We can never thank you enough for all that you have done, you were amazing at court today; you have been a great blessing to us. Thank you.

Ms. D.
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