Our costs for dealing with driving offences and alcohol licences
In relation to summary only motoring offences, the costs in respect of a one hearing guilty plea at the magistrates court will vary between £600 – £1000 plus VAT (currently 20%) and expenses, the price will vary depending upon the location of the court, be it Southampton or a court that involves travel in excess of 30 minutes each way. Likely disbursements are at £0.45 per mile from Southampton. The basis of this charge is our hourly rate of £285 per hour (plus VAT).
The services include an initial meeting of up to one hour, representation at court and pleading mitigation, of a time not to exceed one hour waiting and hearing time. The work will be carried out at partner level by a qualified solicitor with 20 plus years experience. In the event of a not guilty plea, costs will be tailored to the individual and detailed accordingly.
Alcohol licences – Applications business premises
The total cost for this will be £1500 plus VAT (currently 20%) and disbursements, this is based on an hourly charge of £285 per hour plus VAT and includes drafting of an operating schedule, preparing application for new premises licence and application for designated premises supervisor to include if necessary application for a personal licence.
Disbursements to be paid are the licensing fee, (variable depending upon the rateable value of the premises) an advertisement fee in the local press at present around £200 plus VAT, currently 20%), application fee in respect of personal licence.
This is on the basis that the application is granted in full, without the need for a hearing in front of the licensing sub-committee, or a subsequent appeal to the magistrates court.
A typical time scale from receipt of instructions and plans to grant of a licence is 6 – 8 weeks. Work is undertaken at partner level with 20 years of experience.
Should the matter go to a contested hearing in front of the local council licensing sub-committee, then the price in respect of that matter will be discussed.