Motoring Offences

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We aim to ensure that all clients are provided with clear information on costs from the outset. The first telephone call with a solicitor is not charged and from that discussion it is usually possible for us to describe what kind of work is required in your case and to provide an estimate. On some occasions it might be that two different options are being considered and therefore the cost of each would be explained.

Legal Aid or Private Instruction

At Powell Spencer & Partners we will always consider whether a prospective client is eligible for state funding for their case and advise accordingly. If you qualify, we will assist you to make the application if you wish. Legal aid is however rarely available for these types of cases and the majority of our clients are required to pay for their representation.

For more information please visit our Fees & Funding page here.

Fixed Fees or Hourly Rates?

Contrary to general belief a fixed fee is not always right for every client nor is it necessarily the most cost effective. Even if a fixed fee is offered a client can prefer to instruct us on an hourly rate basis.  As a general rule the longer or the more complex the case the more wary a client should be about entering into a fixed fee from the outset. 

Standard Fixed Fees and Guideline Prices

Prices below are exclusive to VAT.  

Case type 


Guilty plea and mitigation 

£500 fixed fee 

Plea of exceptional hardship  

£600 fixed fee 

Plea of special reasons 

£750 fixed fee 

Not guilty plea, trial 

Normal range: £900 – 1500 (according to our hourly rates) 

A fixed fee can be requested after the first meeting but is dependant on the facts of each case.  


Hourly rates 

Head of department 

£170 per hour 


£120 per hour 


What these prices include: 

  • Considering the evidence
  • Meeting with you at the outset to discuss the case and take detailed instructions
  • Advising you on your plea, the procedure and likely sentence.
  • Assisting you to obtain and prepare any supporting evidence
  • Taking statements from witnesses
  • Preparation of legal documents 
  • Preparation for hearings
  • Travelling to and appearing at one court hearing within the Greater London, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire area. The vast majority of cases will involve one court hearing but occasionally two are required. The cost of additional hearing depends on what is involved but typically an additional £200 would be charged.
  • Advising you on the merits of an appeal (but not the conduct of). 

What these prices do not include:

  • Professional disbursements and fees (such as the cost of an expert witness, the cost of a barrister if one is required or requested, GP surgery fees).
  • The conduct of any appeal.
  • Second court hearings
  • If your court case is taking place our side of Greater London, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire the prices above may increase slightly, depending upon the distance.  


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Motoring Offences


Saloud joined Powell Spencer & Partners in August 2012 after graduating from Brunel University obtaining a first class degree in Economics. Saloud became a Partner in 2018.
Saloud is a qualified Costs Lawyer and leads the firm’s internal costs drafting and costs litigation department, ranging from legal aid to private client.

In recent years Saloud has established a very successful client base and receives instructions ranging from Top 100 firms to Sole Practitioners. Saloud specialises in legal aid costs and provides a wealth of experience with preparing claim forms, drafting bill of costs, complex high cost case plans, points of dispute and replies and advising on general billing procedures.

Saloud is a member of the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL).

Saloud was appointed to the Legal Aid Agency's Review Panel as an Independent Costs Assessor in August 2021.

Professional Testimonials

Saloud is our cost draftsman and he has made a massive difference to the efficiency of this practice and my day to day working life! He has extensive knowledge of criminal legal aid billing and has been able to guide and advise all our staff in this area. He is easy to approach and friendly as well as incredibly efficient and hardworking. He provides an excellent level of service to our firm. I would not hesitate to recommend him.


Shila Kesvari, Partner Of Edward Fail, Bradshaw & Waterson

Saloud Zaman receives my instructions in respect of preparing my criminal and prison law bills which are submitted to the Legal Aid Agency for assessment and payment. I would describe Saloud as having an encyclopaedic knowledge of the rules and guidance in respect of billing files correctly in accordance with the provisions as set out under the Legal Aid contract. Saloud's approach has always been professional yet approachable as he always provides solid and clear advice as and when required. Saloud is also exceptionally hardworking and very diligent. He provides a professional service throughout and comes highly recommended.


Semin Taner, Associate Of Russell-Cooke Solicitors

I have no hesitation in recommending your services and am grateful for your knowledge, diligence and thoroughness in costing my files.


Simon Grove, Partner Of JD Spicer Zeb Solicitors

I have instructed you to provide cost drafting services for my firm for over 18 months. Almost all the files I have sent you have been legally aided care cases. I have allowed you access to my firm's CCMS account to enable you to prepare and submit bills. I have been satisfied with the work you have done and continue to instruct you. I am a partner in my firm and have been a solicitor for over thirty years.


— Maurice Guyer, Partner Of Vickers & Co Solicitors

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Partners: Greg Powell, Zaman Legal Services Ltd (Directors: Sinead Zaman, Saloud Zaman)

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