Motoring & Driving Offences

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To find out how we can help, you can call us on 01282 438 446 for advice and representation. Alternatively, you can contact us by email on and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Motoring Law

At Southerns we understand that being convicted of a driving offence can have serious consequences on your life. Early expert advice from a motoring law solicitor can help avoid losing your licence or receiving points. We have a vast amount of experience helping motorists defend their licence.

Areas we can help with:
  • Careless driving
  • Causing death by careless driving
  • Dangerous driving  
  • Drink driving
  • Drug driving
  • Driving whilst disqualified
  • Exceptional hardship arguments
  • Failure to provide driver information (section 172 notices)
  • Failure to provide a specimen
  • Licence revocation
  • NIPs – Notice of intended prosecution
  • SJP notices
  • Special reasons and exceptional hardship
  • Speeding offences
  • Totting up – 12 points on your licence
  • Using a mobile phone whilst driving

If you have received contact from the authorities or a notice of intended prosecution then we can help defend you. Contact us as soon as possible to understand your options and the potential outcomes in your case. Whether you end up in court is sometimes decided at an early stage and if you summonsed to court then we have advocates that will defend you at court across the country.

We are here to guide individuals through the difficulties of motoring legislation and to fight your corner, robustly defending you and your licence against any driving allegations.

Why Choose Southerns / Our fees:

Professional Fees:

You may be eligible for Legal Aid and this can be explored fully with you having regard to all the circumstances.

If you are not eligible for Legal Aid, we will discuss our costs with you and in some cases we will be able to offer a fixed fee – subject to an initial assessment of your case taking into account issues of complexity and plea.

Fixed Fees:

If your case is suitable for a fixed fee, our fixed fees for summary only motoring offences are as follows:

Attendance at a single hearing to deal with a guilty plea and mitigation

£250 – £750 plus VAT at 20%.

Exceptional Hardship Argument

£500 – £1,250 plus VAT at 20%.

The fee will depend on location of the court and the complexity of your case.

If we have represented you at the first hearing on a fixed fee basis and your case is then adjourned to another date or for a trial then our normal hourly rate would then apply subsequently.

Examples of summary only offences are as follows:

Driving a vehicle whilst over the prescribed limit for alcohol

Failing to provide a specimen

Failing to stop after an accident

Careless driving


Driving without insurance

Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence

However, on occasions, for a relatively straight forward matter, a fixed costs package may be agreed.


Disbursements are the costs payable to the third parties such as experts.  Occasionally we may seek to instruct an expert report and costs of any disbursements in respect of this will be in addition to the above.

Expert reports for motoring offences may typically costs in the region of £500 – £1,500 plus VAT at 20%.

Hourly Rates:

Where a case is dealt with by reference to our hourly rates, the following are applied:

Grade A (Solicitor with 8 years post qualification experience)       £201.00

Grade B (Solicitor with 4 years post qualification experience)       £177.00

Grade C (Solicitor with less than 4 years post qualification experience/Legal Executives)       £146.00

Grade D (Trainee/Paralegals)       £111.00

Plus VAT at 20% on each of the above.

Preparation, attendance, advocacy, travelling and waiting are all charged per hour or part thereof. Letters out and telephone calls are all charged per item.

In the event that you are successful and awarded a Defendants Costs Order, you will only have to pay the difference between the costs submitted at the above hourly charging rates and the amount subsequently paid by central funds following consideration of any Defendants Costs Order.

Contact us

Our motoring solicitors can defend your licence across the country, but we also have offices in Burnley, Blackpool, Cheadle and Sutton Coldfield. Please call us on 01282 438 446 for a free initial discussion to see how we can help. Alternatively, you can email us on and we’ll call you back.

For an Initial Consultation With a Member of Our Team