Marine Lake at Knightstone, Weston-super-Mare

Defending Drivers

Penalty points for a minor offence may lead to the threat of disqualification. Our specialist advocates are often able to persuade the Court to allow you to keep your driving licence.

If you are worried that you might lose your licence, call Berry Redmond Gordon & Penney on 01934 414 161.

For many people their only involvement with the law comes when they are summonsed in relation to motoring offences. Disqualification from driving can be imposed for many motoring offences (e.g. speeding, drink driving etc.), and can have catastrophic consequences. We can advise on potential defences or mitigation, often avoiding any penalty at all or reducing the penalty to a more manageable one. We are happy to give you informal advice initially over the phone on all motoring matters and if required provide skilled and timely representation at court.

Berry Redmond Gordon & Penney specialist motoring lawyers have over 30 years experience in defending the motorist and have helped many drivers in similar circumstances to your own.

Berry Redmond Gordon & Penney are willing to act for you on any motoring offences and have a proven track record of successfully defending motorists.

In many cases technical or evidential defences are available to drivers. Expert advice is therefore imperative. Call us now on 01934 414 161.

  • Our charges


    For Motoring Offences which can only be dealt with in Magistrates Court e.g. Drink/Drug driving, Due Care, Speeding, Document Offences.


    If you plead Guilty and are dealt with at the First Hearing we charge a fixed fee of £500 + VAT @ 20%.

    This fee includes:

    • Attendance on you and taking instructions from you
    • Considering the evidence
    • Advising on plea and procedure
    • Advising on likely sentence
    • Advising on grounds for appeal
    • Attendance and representation at a single Hearing at the Magistrates Court

    The fee does not include:

    • Taking statements from any witnesses
    • Instructing an expert witness and the experts fee
    • Drafting Notice of Appeal and Appeal Hearing

    The above is based on the presumption that you enter a guilty plea.


    If you plead Not Guilty we will base our charges on an hourly rate of between:

    • £185 per hour for a Solicitor/Legal Assistant
    • £220 per hour for a Senior Solicitor

    This includes:

    • Attendance on you and taking instructions
    • Considering prosecution evidence and providing advice
    • Advising on plea throughout
    • Arranging to take witness statements if necessary
    • Obtaining further instructions from you if necessary and answering any follow up queries
    • We will attend Court on the day of trial and meet you before the Hearing and represent you throughout the Hearing.

    Most motoring trials are listed for a half day Hearing however, we may be at Court all day depending on the volume of cases in the Court that day.  We have no control over the Court listing.

    We will discuss the outcome of the case.  If relevant we will advise on appeal.

    If you wish us to pursue an appeal on your behalf this will carry an additional cost.

    This does not include the fees of an expert witness (if appropriate) travelling to and from Court.

    [An average fee for a half-day trial in Weston-super-Mare Magistrates’ Court is £1500 + VAT]