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24 hour emergency number: 07747 753232
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24 hour emergency number: 07747 753232
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Costs

POLICE STATION
We can advise you FREE OF CHARGE if you are interviewed by the police.   If you are under arrest we can attend 24/7.   The police often ask people to attend for interview by appointment – we can attend with you FREE OF CHARGE.  It is very important that you obtain legal advice prior to being interviewed.   Our 24 hour emergency number is 07747 753232 or email us.

LOCAL AUTHORITY INTERVIEW
You may be entitled to Legal Aid.  Contact us to discuss funding.

REGULATORY INTERVIEWS
An interview by a regulator or prosecuting authority can be used as evidence against you in subsequent proceedings.  It is important to obtain legal advice.  It might be that a prosecution is avoided.  Contact us to discuss costs.

COURT 
You may be entitled to Legal Aid.  We can advise you on eligibility.  

MAGISTRATES COURT  - PRIVATE COSTS
In most cases we are able to represent you for a fixed fee.  For a straightforward matter we can agree the following:

SUSSEX
  • Guilty plea or first appearance250 plus VAT
  • (Many guilty pleas are completed in one hearing)
  • Guilty plea - subsequent hearings250 plus VAT
  • Not guilty plea - half day trial1,250 plus VAT
  • (Includes up to three hours attendance/prepartion)
  • Not guilty plea - day trial2,000 plus VAT
  • (Includes up to three hours attendance/preparation)
  • Road traffic - special reasons trial1,000 plus VAT
  • Road traffic - exceptional hardship750 plus VAT
LONDON AND SURREY
  • Guilty plea or first appearance400 plus VAT
  • (Many guilty pleas are completed in one hearing)
  • Guilty plea - subsequent hearing400 plus VAT
  • Not guilty - half day trial2,000 plus VAT
  • (Includes up to three hours attendance/preparation)
  • Not guilty - full day trial3,000 plus VAT
  • (Includes up to three hours attendance/preparation)
  • Road traffic - special reasons trial2,000 plus VAT
  • Road traffic - exceptional hardship1,250 plus VAT
NATIONWIDE
We are able to represent you in most parts of the country. Please contact us to discuss.

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95, Ditchling Road, Brighton, BN1 4ST
07747 753232
Who will represent me?

Sarah Smith is the director and senior supervising solicitor. She has extensive experience of criminal and regulatory litigation. Sarah graduated from Kings College London in 1997 and went on to the College of Law for 2 years. She joined West London firm Lawrence & Co and qualified in 2000, specialising in criminal defence. Moving to Brighton East Sussex after starting a family, Sarah has worked at firms in Sussex including Kellys Solicitors who specialise in protest law. In April 2017 she set up Tildens Ltd. Sarah has represented defendants at the police station and in the courts for offences ranging from theft to murder. Sarah is a member of the Law Society Criminal Litigation Scheme and is a Higher Rights Advocate. The article in the Law Society Gazette featured in our blog gives more details.

At Tildens we pride ourselves in providing a bespoke service to our clients. At court, as well as Sarah Smith we also instruct specialist barristers and solicitors to represent you. We believe that having the freedom to instruct external advocates allows us to tailor your representation to you and your case. We also regularly instruct legal experts to challenge prosecution evidence and to enhance the defence case.

Our office is run by Joanne Cooper and Sarah Howsego, both of whom have vast experience of working for criminal defence firms.

At the police station we offer a 24 hour emergency service free of charge. We attend ourselves or instruct only hand-picked specialist and qualified representatives.

When preparing your case you can either attend our offices or in some cases we can visit you. Your case will be prepared by either Sarah Smith, or David Swainston. David Swainston is arguably one of the most experienced legal representatives in the county. He is greatly respected, affable, capable and efficient.

Tildens is a trading name of Tildens Ltd. | Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. SRA NO: 633830 | Terms and Conditions
Director: Sarah Smith. Registered in England and Wales | Company Number: 10334130 Registered Office: 95, Ditchling Road, Brighton, BN1 4ST

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