Price Transparency Policy
Freeman & Co’s Solicitors price transparency policy is designed to provide all potential clients with easy to understand guidance on its pricing policy.
Who does it effect?
All clients who are seeking legal advice and assistance with summary motoring offences. This means they are triable only in the Magistrates Court and not in the Crown Court. Examples include:-
- Exceeding the speeding limit (speeding)
- Driving whilst over the prescribed alcohol limit (drink driving)
- Drug driving
- Careless driving
- Driving whilst using your mobile phone
Freeman & Co does not have a legal aid franchise and does not offer legal aid. Therefore, all of our work is carried out on a private agreed fee basis.
What information will our price transparency policy provide you with?
It will provide you with:-
- A total cost where possible of our fees for the work to be undertaken with regard to summary only motoring offences, and where that is not possible, a range of costs.
- Details of disbursements, i.e. an expert who is instructed to attend Court to give evidence on your behalf. A simple example is a collision damage investigator.
- Information in relation to when fees should be paid.
What Service will I receive for the payment I make?
You will be represented by a qualified solicitor (not a paralegal or other) with a minimum of 13 years’ experience and who will answer to the firm’s principal, Nick Freeman, the pre-eminent solicitor practising in the field of motoring law in England and Wales.
Details of the solicitors working at Freeman & Co, together with their experience and qualifications, are detailed below:-
- Nick Freeman admitted as a solicitor in 1981 and specialises in Criminal and Motoring Law.
- Edward Atkinson admitted as a solicitor in 2004 and specialises in Criminal and Motoring Law.
- Damien Simmonds admitted as a solicitor in 2009 and specialises exclusively in Road Traffic Offences.
- David Hanman admitted as a solicitor in 1992 and specialises in almost exclusively White Collar Crime and occasionally in Road Traffic Offences.
How much will my case cost?
It is difficult to give a precise cost at the outset of a summary only motoring offence but a range of costs is possible. The reason we are only able to provide a range of costs is because each case is different and will depend on a number of variable factors, examples of which are listed below (this is not an exhaustive list)
- Is the legal assistance sought limited to a one off advice call to understand your options.
- The quantity of paperwork sent to us by the crown prosecution service/court/police at the start of the case and any further
- disclosures of paperwork made to us.
- Whether or not you plead guilty or not guilty and at what point that guilty plea is made.
- If experts are to be instructed on your behalf.
- The level and experience of the solicitor conducting your case. For example, you will pay an enhanced rate if the firm’s principal, Nick Freeman, advises or represents you.
- The need for non-expert defence witnesses.
Our costs in respect of summary only offences are as follows
- Initial advice for non imprisonable motoring offences is £500.
- Initial advice for imprisonable motoring offences is £1000.
- Mitigation letter to the court for summary non imprisonable offences £500 to £1000.
- Non-contested summary non imprisonable motoring offences £3000 to £6000.
- Contested non imprisonable summary motoring offences £5000 to £10000.
- Non-contested imprisonable summary only motoring offences £4000 to £8000.
- Contested summary only imprisonable motoring offences £10000 to £20000.
- Appeals re conviction and or sentence £5000 to £30000.
- Attendance at Police Station £3000 to £5000.
What services will you be provided with for your fees?
As a general rule the fees quoted above numbered 1-8 are all inclusive and in particular include representation by Counsel, if required.
The exceptions number 1-8 are as follows:-
- The fees do not include VAT.
- The fees do not include the costs of instructing experts, obtaining expert reports or the costs for an expert to attend Court to give evidence.
- If you wish to instruct Nick Freeman to act on your behalf the fee will be at an enhanced rate but will be agreed as a fixed fee.
- The above fees quoted in 4-8 above are based on one appearance at Court for trial or sentencing and the case proceeding on the designated date. If the case is adjourned or attendance at additional Court hearings is required there may be an additional fee of between £1000 to £3000 per additional Court hearing.
The agreed fee is applicable no matter how the case is resolved or disposed of, including when proceedings are discontinued by the respective prosecuting authority before we have attended a trial. If we are not in receipt of funds at the time of disposal then the agreed fee as agreed with yourself remains payable to the firm.
You will be provided with a written detailed breakdown of our costs normally after our first consultation, but as soon as we have been able to identify all the relevant issues.
How long will my summary only offence take to reach conclusion?
This is a difficult issue to accurately identify as it depends not only on ourselves, but also on Court and Prosecution availability. Some Magistrates Courts can conclude cases within six to eight weeks but others could take significantly longer. You will be advised at all stages of timescales, but once a trial date is fixed then all attempts are made for the case to be concluded on that date.
At Freeman & Co we want to give you the best possible legal service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service we have provided then you should inform us immediately, so that we can do our best to resolve the problem
In the first instance in line with the firms complaints policy please write to Nick Freeman, the firms principal, at Freeman & Co Solicitors, 8 Oxford Court, Bishopsgate, Manchester, M2 3WQ and he will deal with your complaint in accordance with the firms complaints policy.
Making a complaint will not affect how we handle your case.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority can help you if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic.
You can raise your concerns with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, their address is:- www.sra.org.uk/contact-us
What to do if we cannot resolve your complaint.
The Legal Ombudsman can help you if we are unable to resolve your complaint ourselves. They will look at your complaint independently and it will not affect how we handle your case.
Before accepting a complaint for investigation, the Legal Ombudsman will check that you have tried to resolve your complaint with us first. If you have, then you must take your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman:
Within six months of receiving a final response to your complaint and
No more than six years from the date of act/omission; or
No more than three years from when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint.
If you would like more information about the Legal Ombudsman, please contact them.
Their contact details are:-
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