Price information for Motoring offences in the Magistrates Court

This page applies to our advice and representation in respect of motoring offences where:

1) you have been charged and
2) when they are offences that would normally be dealt with in the Magistrates Court, such as speeding, drink driving, drug driving, careless driving, failing to ID the driver, failing to stop and report and driving without insurance.

Who will deal with your case?

Our Director Nama Zarroug provides expert legal advice and representation in relation to motoring offences. Having worked within the area of criminal law since 2001, he qualified as a Solicitor in 2005 and as a Solicitor Advocate in 2009. In 2009 he set up a successful national motoring law practice in a leading regional law firm, which he ran until he joined Astraea Legal in 2017. He has represented clients throughout England and Wales and is a specialist in this complex area of criminal law.
Nama prides himself on giving his clients frank advice on the merits of their case without charge, before they decide to instruct him.
Nama’s work is supervised by Matt O’Neil, a Solicitor who qualified in 2014 and who is also a Higher Court Advocate and Head of the Criminal Department.

Nama is also provided with administrative assistance on his case by Debbie Watson who is a junior paralegal. You will be able to find out more information about the team by visiting the Our People section on our website


Nama represents clients at private rates, that are calculated with reference to his hourly rate of £325 plus vat.

  • In many cases we will agree fixed fees at the beginning of the case that we calculate with reference to the number of hours work that the case is likely to involve:
  • Where necessary, attendance at the first court appearance, case management and subsequent preparation for trial/special reasons/exceptional hardship argument £1500 plus Vat
  • Guilty plea and mitigation where no previous attendance at court is required £1500 plus Vat
  • Exceptional hardship argument hearing where no previous attendance at court is required £1500 plus Vat
  • Special reasons hearing where no previous attendance at court is required £1500 plus Vat
  • Representation at half day Trial/Newton Hearing £1500 plus Vat
  • Interim, case management hearings or separate sentence hearings when required £995 plus Vat

Our work covered within these fixed fees will include as required/appropriate:

  • Obtaining and considering evidence
  • Providing advice in relation to your plea and likely sentence
  • Advising you on the options available to the court in relation to sentencing
  • Advising you on whether you should make an exceptional hardship, or special reasons argument
  • Making representations to the prosecution that lesser pleas would be acceptable
  • Written plea and case management
  • Taking statements from any witnesses including character references
  • Any advice on appeal
  • Advising you on the options available to the court in relation to sentencing
  • The instruction of any expert witnesses

Before you agree fees with us, we will explain if there will be any variance in the above fixed fees that are apparent from the outset. Some cases will require more work due to their complexity, the level of work involved or because of the level of service that the client requires and in those circumstances, Matt will conduct this work at an hourly rate of £325 plus Vat. In those cases we will provide you with an estimate of costs at the outset and continue to update you throughout the case. The cost of a case conducted on an hourly rate is likely to range between £1500 plus Vat and £5000 plus Vat.

In some cases, it is appropriate for the client to also instruct and independent expert such as a forensic toxicologist. Their fees are payable by the client directly to the expert and usually start at around £750 plus Vat depending on the amount of work required. In case where it is appropriate to instruct a Barrister or QC on your behalf we will obtain and written quote from them for their services and this will be provided to you for your agreement.