We can assist with a wide range of issues including police investigations, drafting effective policies and procedures and court representation.
Our team of specialist lawyers can assist with all business regulations and compliance issues including:
If you or your company are charged with a motoring offence, our clear and practical advice, combined with transparent costs will reduce the stress involved in this challenging situation.
Our areas of expertise include:
We will ensure you fully understand what to expect in the run up to court and during the hearing, what happens with sentencing and whether you have a defence or have good reasons to avoid penalty points or prevent/reduce the length of a driving disqualification.
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 £305 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.
The total cost for this will be £1500 plus VAT (currently 20%) and disbursements. This is based on an hourly charge of £305 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%) and the application fee in respect of a 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 plus 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.
Most businesses come into contact with personal data. Breaches of data protection legislation are usually the result of poor data protection policies. Putting the right policies and procedures in place will help protect your reputation.
The key to good risk management is a ‘prevention is better than cure’ approach. The benefits are enormous and go straight to the bottom line. And if things do go wrong, we are here to steer and support you with practical, strategic advice.
How we can help:
Whilst based in the South of England, Paris Smith acts for businesses and families throughout the UK. Technology has enabled us to provide a high level of service to our clients whether they are local to our offices or not. Our advice can be given in many ways:
We will talk through how you would like to be contacted and the best ways for us to meet in our early conversations with you.
You can find contact details for the Business Regulations & Compliance team below.