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Our Prices

About our Prices

We provide a highly effective service to our clients.  Our fees are very competitive and fair; our clients get very high value for money.  

We want to be totally transparent with our prices and we usually give our clients a choice of pricing options these include :

Fixed Price Fee - This is where we give you a fixed, all-in quote for the work we are to do on your behalf right at the start.  You therefore know precisely what the price is for the whole job from start to finish.  This option is very popular with our clients and the vast majority opt for this.

Hourly Rate - This is where you pay our fees according to the number of hours we work on your behalf.  This is less often opted for by our clients as it means that the total bill is unkown before the job is complete.  

How much are our Prices ?  

Every job we do is different.  So we will speak to you and take some details and in some cases review your papers (all free of charge up to this point).  Then we usually give you a written fixed price quote (or option of paying by our hourly rate).

By way of example, a typical price quote for a public inquiry could be anything from £975 to £1,975 + vat depending on the issues and evidence involved.  Very straight forward matters could be less, more complex and bigger cases could be more.     

Our hourly rate is £150 + vat.  However, we work for most of our clients on fixed prices. 

Monthly instalments

Our fixed price fee proposals often include an offer for payment by instalments. These can be anything from a 3 month to a 6 month payment plan depending on what we agree and subject to a small arrangment fee 

For example a court case where the total fee is £1500 + vat could be paid off over five monthly instalments of £300 + vat each.  That means that our fees can be broken down into regular bite sized payments to make our highly effective legal services affordable to even the smallest transport business.  

CONTACT US ABOUT YOUR TRANSPORT LEGAL PROBLEMS 

Please get in touch with us without charge or obligation.

Contact us today and we'll give you an idea about how we might be able to help you. We will be very glad to talk through your situation and review your papers free of charge to help you to make an informed decision about what to do.

You can call us any time on 0800 1777 522 or alternatively you can email us or make a Free Online Enquiry


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The current system of regulating goods vehicle operations throughout Northern Ireland came into effect in 2012. The system for licensing goods vehicles and taking disciplinary action against licence holders is now largely in line with the system for the rest of the United Kingdom, though with some differences. There are about 5,980 goods vehicle operator licences issued in Northern Ireland.

The legislation is the same and the appeal process against decisions made at public inquiries is now one system covering the whole of the UK.

One key difference is that in Northern Ireland there are no Traffic Commissioners. The person in Northern Ireland who discharges similar functions to the Traffic Commissioners in Great Britain is the head of the Transport Regulation Unit (TRU), part of the Northern Ireland Department of the Environment. The current head of the TRU is Donna Knowles who has been in this position since 2014.

It is the Head of the TRU who ultimately decides who is fit to hold a goods vehicle operators licence in Northern Ireland. The Head of the TRU holds public inquiries to determine whether an operators licence should be granted and also to decide whether disciplinary action is needed against operator licence holders whose fitness has been brought into question.

There are roughly about 50 goods vehicle public inquiries in Northern Ireland each year. The public inquiry hearings are usually held at Causeway Exchange, 1-7 Bedford Street in Belfast.

The public inquiry hearing itself is a formal legal hearing. It looks and feels a little like a court hearing but the rules of procedure are less rigid and formal. The public inquiry hearing will involve oral and documentary evidence and at the end of the process the Head of the TRU will make a decision.

Currently, the public inquiry process in Northern Ireland relates only to goods vehicle licence holders, it does not involve passenger vehicle licences.

Outcomes of Goods Vehicle Public Inquiries in Belfast

The Heard of the TRU has wide ranging powers over operator licence holders. Where a public inquiry is convened to decide whether or not to grant a new licence, the licence could be granted or refused.

Where the public inquiry is to consider disciplinary action against an operator licence holder, the Head of the TRU has the power to revoke (ie terminate) an operators licence; to suspend it or reduce the number of vehicle operated under the licence. They have the power to add conditions to an operators licence and to disqualify people from being involved in holding an operators licence in future.

What to do if you've been called to a public inquiry in Eastbourne, London or the South East

First of all, recognise that any public inquiry called for any reason is a very serious thing. Secondly recognise that getting legal advice and having an experienced transport law solicitor on your side is at least half of the problem sorted.

A good transport law specialist solicitor will be able to get stuck into your case and do all sorts of important things to get you ready to face the public inquiry and come away with a good outcome.

We strongly recommend that you speak to us urgently if you've had a call to public inquiry. Nearly all of our clients (well over 90%) have a successful outcome at their public inquiries.

We handle public inquiries in Belfast as well all over the UK. We know how to prepare and present a successful case. We've been doing it for years and have helped hundreds of operators through what is always a very difficult and uncertain time.

Your chance of a successful outcome at your public inquiry increases dramatically if you have experienced and skilled legal representation. So choosing a good transport solicitor is of vital importance.

Contact Us About Your Public Inquiry

Please get in touch with us without charge or obligation. Ask to speak to Simon Newman about your public inquiry.

Simon will then give you an idea about how we can help you. He will be very glad to talk through your situation and review your papers free of charge to help you to make an informed decision about what to do.

You can call us any time on 0800 1777 522 or alternatively you can email on Simon.Newman@NALegal.co.uk 
Transport Law
This case involved a passenger vehicle public inquiry in Birmingham involving a coach company. The operator was accused of multiple maintenance failings including a poor MOT pass rate and high rate of roadworthiness prohibitions.
Transport Law

A long established scaffolding firm operating ten large goods vehicles were called to a goods vehicle public inquiry.