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Overview

The daily life of commerce involves an ever increasing degree of statutory regulation creating pitfalls which can lead to criminal and civil liability, not only for a company but for its directors and senior managers.

How a business looks after the health & safety of its employees, impacts upon the environment, deals with consumers, advertises, transports and ensures the safety of its products are but a sample of the areas in which all businesses are subject to statutory regulation.

Experience and expertise

Rollits' regulatory defence team has many years of experience defending our clients subjected to investigation and prosecution.

Our lawyers are resourceful (so that if there is a defence, we will find it and exploit it to your best advantage), robust (so as to command the respect of investigators and be in a better position to negotiate with them) and, above all, effective.

We can guide and help your business through the investigation process and, where necessary, provide a skilled and robust defence at any trial.

We do, however, believe that 'prevention is better than cure' and can also assist your business with the implementation of policies and due diligence systems designed to ensure regulatory compliance.

Services

  • Health and Safety
  • Trading Standards
  • Consumer Credit
  • Food Safety
  • Product Liability
  • Advertising
  • Environmental Issues
  • Traffic and Transport
  • Data Protection
  • Planning
  • Competition
  • Utilities
  • Licensing

Get in touch

To discuss our services, please contact us.

Last updated: 15 January 2019

Key contact

Jennifer Sewell
Partner

Direct dial +44 (0)1482 337368

Email jennifer.sewell@rollits.com

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Licensing (fixed fee)

Fixed fee example for an application for a new premises licence (simple application)

Fixed fee of £1,000 +VAT (Excluding disbursements)

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the application fee. We will pay the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

  • Application fee (payable to licensing authority) £150-£700*
  • Advertising fee £400-£500*
  • Enquiry agent fees to display public notices £75 –£150*
  • Special delivery fee to serve the application £10
  • Printing additional copies of plans if necessary £15*

*These fees vary depending on the individual premises and where it is located. The fees can on occasion be higher than the ranges given above. We will give you an accurate figure for each item as soon as we are able to do so.

Fee includes:

  • Taking your instructions and advising you as to how you can promote the licensing objectives within your application
  • Advising you as the type of plans you are required to submit with your application.
  • Completing the application form for a new premises licence (including the operating schedule) in accordance with your instructions and submitting this to the local licensing authority alongside suitable plans. You must provide suitable plans.
  • Providing guidance on the fee levels payable to the licensing authority.
  • Preparing copies of the premises licence application for disclosure to the responsible authorities and serving copies of the application on the responsible authorities.
  • Drafting the notices advertising the premises licence application and submitting the notice to the local newspaper.
  • Arranging with you for you to display the notice(s) advertising the premises licence application and advising as to where and how this should be done by you in order to comply with the requirements of the Licensing Act 2003.
  • Providing a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) consent form for signature by a personal licence holder proposed by yourself.
  • Checking the licence once granted and correcting any errors with the licensing authority.

The fee does not include:

  • obtaining suitable plans
  • attending pre-consultation meetings with the Licensing Authority or Responsible Authorities, nor their fee for this meeting.
  • dealing with or advising you in relation to queries or representations received from either the responsible authorities or other interested parties
  • advising on varying the licence
  • attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee hearing of the responsible authority. If representations are received and attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee is required then we will provide a separate fee estimate for this work which will be charged at an hourly rate.

How long will my application take?

Matters usually take 4-6 weeks from receipt of full instructions from you. This is on the basis of the application being relatively straightforward and you being able to provide all the necessary documents promptly. If your matter is more complex, for example, if there is substantial opposition from interested parties, or if there is a delay in receiving the documents we need, it may take longer. 

Our Licensing Team

We have three members of the team who may work on your matter. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by George Coyle, Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution.

George Coyle: Partner (Hull), specialising in commercial dispute resolution, regulatory & business protection, in particular warranty claims, arising from business sales, shareholder and partnership disputes, regulatory law defence work (in particular Trading Standards issues) contract and product liability claims. Qualified in 1981; Williams & Co. (Flitwick and Bedford ) 1981-1987; Joined Rollits in 1987.   

Jennifer SewellPartner (Hull) specialising in dispute resolution matters, in particular Regulatory law, Sale of goods and supply of services, Partnership and shareholder disputes and business protection. Joined Rollits in 2005; Qualified in 2007. 

June Watson:  Paralegal (Hull) who has worked in debt recovery and licensing since 2005.  Joined Rollits in 2001; Qualifications: Specialist Paralegal in Debt Recovery via Strathclyde University (Feb 2007); Promoted to Tier 3 of Professional Paralegal Register (January 2016); Paralegal Practice Certificate in Civil Litigation (September 2016)           

 

Motoring offences

Range of fees in relation to summary only motoring offences under Part 1 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (“RTA”) and Section 89 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“RTRA”).  The following information refers to the costs for the provision of advice and representation at the Magistrates’ Court in relation to summary only road traffic offences dealt with at a single hearing.  This information applies only to cases when you enter a guilty plea. If you plead not guilty, this will inevitably involve more than a single hearing at the Magistrates’ Court. Cases where a not guilty plea is entered will, therefore, fall outside of this costs information. Please contact us for an estimate of costs in these circumstances.  

The summary only motoring offences under Part 1 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (“RTA”) and Section 89 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“RTRA”) are as follows:

RTA section 3 Careless, and inconsiderate, driving.
RTA section 4(1) Driving or attempting to drive when unfit to drive through drink or drugs.
RTA section 4(2) Being in charge of a mechanically propelled vehicle when unfit to drive through drink or drugs.
RTA section 5(1)(a) Driving or attempting to drive with excess alcohol in breath, blood or urine.
RTA section 5(1)(b) Being in charge of a motor vehicle with excess alcohol in breath, blood or urine.
RTA section 5A(1)(a) and (2) Driving or attempting to drive with concentration of specified controlled drug above specified limit.
RTA section 5A(1)(b) and (2) Being in charge of a motor vehicle with concentration of specified controlled drug above specified limit.
RTA section 6 Failing to co-operate with a preliminary test.
RTA section 7 Failing to provide specimen for analysis or laboratory test.
RTA section 7A Failing to allow specimen to be subjected to laboratory test
RTA section 12 Motor racing and speed trials on public ways.
RTA section 13 Other unauthorised or irregular competitions or trials on public ways.
RTA section 14 Driving or riding in a motor vehicle in contravention of regulations requiring wearing of seat belts.
RTA section 15(2) Driving motor vehicle with child in front not wearing seat belt [ or with child in a rear-facing child restraint in front seat with an active air bag ]
RTA section 15(4) Driving motor vehicle with child in rear not wearing seat belt.
RTA section 15A(3) or (4) Selling etc. in certain circumstances equipment as conducive to the safety of children in motor vehicles.
RTA section 15B Failure to notify bus passengers of the requirement to wear seat belts.
RTA section 16 Driving or riding motor cycles in contravention of regulations requiring wearing of protective headgear.
RTA section 17 Selling, etc., helmet not of the prescribed type as helmet for affording protection for motor cyclists.
RTA section 18(3) Contravention of regulations with respect to use of head-worn appliances on motor cycles.
RTA section 18(4) Selling, etc., appliance not of prescribed type as approved for use on motor cycles.
RTA section 19 Prohibition of parking of heavy commercial vehicles on verges, etc.
RTA section 21 Driving or parking on cycle track.
RTA section 22 Leaving vehicles in dangerous positions.
RTA section 23 Carrying passenger on motor cycle contrary to section 23.
RTA section 24 Carrying passenger on bicycle contrary to section 24.
RTA section 25 Tampering with motor vehicles.
RTA section 26 Holding or getting on to vehicle, etc., in order to be towed or carried.
RTA section 27 Dogs on designated roads without being held on lead.
RTA section 28 Dangerous cycling.
RTA section 29 Careless, and inconsiderate, cycling.
RTA section 30 Cycling when unfit through drink or drugs.
RTA section 31 Unauthorised or irregular cycle racing or trials of speed on public ways.
RTA section 32 Contravening prohibition on persons under 14 driving electrically assisted pedal cycles.
RTA section 33 Unauthorised motor vehicle trial on footpaths or bridleways.
RTA section 34 Driving mechanically propelled vehicles elsewhere than on roads.
RTA section 35 Failing to comply with traffic directions.
RTA section 36 Failing to comply with traffic signs.
RTA section 37 Pedestrian failing to stop when directed.
RTA section 40A Using vehicle in dangerous condition etc.
RTRA section 89 Exceeding the speed limit

The following fee range applies to cases where a guilty plea is entered and representation at a single hearing is provided.

Range: £1,500 +VAT to £1,750 +VAT

This fee range includes and is limited to:

  • 1 meeting with your solicitor to take instructions and review the prosecution documentation
  • Consideration of the prosecution evidence and the likely evidence required to mitigate the guilty plea, including any evidence that may satisfy the requirements of exceptional hardship
  • The provision of advice in relation to plea and the likely sentence or, if the likely sentence cannot be gauged from the initial evidence, the options available to the Court when determining sentence
  • Instructions to Counsel
  • Representation by Counsel at a single hearing at a cost of between £500.00 plus VAT and £750.00 plus VAT (included in the fee range set out above).
  • Reporting the outcome of the case to you

Matters excluded from the specified range of fees are:

  • Meeting with and taking statements from witnesses
  • Instruction of any expert witness
  • Advice and/or assistance in relation to a special reasons hearing
  • Advice and/or assistance in relation to any appeal

If any of these steps are necessary, an additional fee will be payable.

The key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you have entered, or intend to enter, a guilty plea and a hearing has been listed by the Court. On that basis, the key stages of your case will be as follows:

  • Meeting with your solicitor
  • We will consider the prosecution disclosure and any other evidence
  • We will provide advice on plea and sentence within the parameters set out above
  • We will explain the Court process and sentencing options available to the Court so that you know what to expect on the day of your hearing
  • We cannot provide you with a timescale for your case as this depends on when the Court has listed your hearing and how quickly the Court deals with your case on the day of the listed hearing
  • You will meet with instructed Counsel on the day of your hearing before you go into Court
  • We will discuss the outcome of the hearing with you. If additional advice is required in relation to appealing the decision made by the Court during the hearing, this will be subject to an additional cost

Our Motoring Team

We have two members of the team who may work on your matter. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by George Coyle, Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution.

George Coyle: Partner (Hull), specialising in commercial dispute resolution, regulatory & business protection, in particular warranty claims, arising from business sales, shareholder and partnership disputes, regulatory law defence work (in particular Trading Standards issues) contract and product liability claims. Qualified in 1981; Williams & Co. (Flitwick and Bedford ) 1981-1987; Joined Rollits in 1987.

Jennifer Sewell: Partner (Hull) specialising in dispute resolution matters, in particular Regulatory law, Sale of goods and supply of services, Partnership and shareholder disputes and business protection. Joined Rollits in 2005; Qualified in 2007.

Complaints

We want to give you the best possible service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service we have provided then you should inform us immediately, so that we can do our best to resolve the problem. If you would like to make a formal complaint, then you can read our full complaints procedure here.