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about us

About us

Hill Twine Solicitors are Dorset based defence lawyers and specialise in Criminal law and motoring offences. Our experienced and highly qualified lawyers are able to represent you at every stage of proceedings, from the police station, to the Magistrates Court, to the Crown Court and beyond. We are one of the only firms in Dorset whose lawyers are able to represent you in every court without the need to use lawyers from outside the firm. This means that you can trust that we will be on your side and will represent you from the beginning right through to the end. It also means that you will save money as you will not incur the costs of using extra lawyers as you would with other firms.

Hill Twine Solicitors also have excellent relationships with barristers chambers across the country, including London, Winchester, Southampton, and Bournemouth and regularly instruct many senior and experienced barristers, including QCs.

We undertake both legally aided and privately funded work so whatever your situation we will be able to help.  We provide defence representation for courts in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, and beyond.  We also provide 24-hour police station representation and our qualified duty solicitors are on the Bournemouth Court Duty Scheme and the Bournemouth & Poole Police Station Duty Solicitor Scheme.

We understand that paying for representation may be difficult and that, with the Government continuing to make cuts to the number of people entitled to legal aid, you may not know whether or not you can obtain publicly funded representation. Hill Twine Solicitors will do all we can to secure legal aid for you and, if that is not possible, we will do all we can to find a privately funded arrangement that is suitable for you.

No doubt that you want the best possible representation and advice – contact Hill Twine Solicitors today to ensure that you get this.

What We do

What We Do

General Crime

Hill Twine Solicitors are Dorset based defence lawyers and specialise in Criminal law and motoring offences. Our experienced and highly qualified lawyers are able to represent you at every stage of proceedings, from the police station, to the Magistrates Court, to the Crown Court and beyond. We are one of the only firms in Dorset whose lawyers are able to represent you in every court without the need to use lawyers from outside the firm. This means that you can trust that we will be on your side and will represent you from the beginning right through to the end. It also means that you will save money as you will not incur the costs of using extra lawyers as you would with other firms.

Hill Twine Solicitors can represent and defend you at every stage of proceedings, from the Police Station, to the Magistrates Court, to the Crown Court, to the Appeal Courts. Our solicitors are on the Bournemouth Court Duty Solicitor Scheme and the Bournemouth & Poole 24-Hour Police Station Duty Solicitor Scheme. We can represent you in courts in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, and beyond.

Hill Twine Solicitors, Bournemouth do both legal aid and privately funded work meaning that, no matter what your financial situation, we can help. We understand that facing criminal proceedings can be a very stressful and worrying experience and it is important to have an excellent solicitor defending you. Examples of the sorts of offences we regularly deal with include:

Violent Crime:
common assault, criminal damage, ABH, GBH, kidnapping, robbery, manslaughter, murder

Sex Offences
Sexual assault, sexual activity with a minor, downloading/possessing indecent images and extreme  pornographic images, rape

Drugs Offences:
supply, possession with intent to supply, possession, cultivation/production of cannabis

Dishonesty Offences:
theft, handling stolen goods, burglary, fraud, money laundering

Proceeds of Crime:
detention and forfeiture of cash, confiscation proceedings

Public Order Offences:
racially/religiously aggravated offences, Public Order Act offences, ASBOs, outraging public decency, drunk & disorderly; possession of an offensive weapon/bladed article

Domestic/Vulnerable Victim Related Crime:
assault, harassment, stalking, breach of non-molestation orders, threat to kill

Police Related Crime:
assault PC, resist PC, obstruct PC

Dangerous Dogs prosecutions

Offences Relating to Court Proceedings:
perverting the course of justice, witness intimidation, contempt of court

We can even defend you for behaviour that you may not realise amounts to a criminal offence, for example, failing to send your child to school and travelling on a railway without a ticket.

We are also able to advise and represent you for appeals against conviction and/or sentence as well as providing advice on making a statutory declaration or applying to the Magistrates Court to re-open proceedings (under s.142 of the Magistrates Courts Act 1980).

Youth Crime

Hill Twine Solicitors have an extensive Youth Court practice and regularly appear in the Dorset Youth Court as well as other areas, including Southampton.  Youth Crime is a highly specialised area due to the complexities of the Youth Justice System and it is crucial to be represented by somebody who is experienced in this area – Hill Twine Solicitors can offer this.

Whether you or your child are experiencing the Criminal Justice System for the first time or whether you have been involved in the system before it can be a very worrying and stressful time.  Hill Twine Solicitors understand that every child, youth, and indeed parent, has different needs and can provide a service that offers you the best possible representation.

We can defend you at the police station and in court proceedings, regardless of whether your case is being dealt with in the Youth Court or, if it is more serious, the Crown Court.   Due to the nature of the Youth Justice System and the vulnerable nature of many youths involved we understand how important it is to have confidence in the firm representing you or your child.  Hill Twine Solicitors are one of the only firms in Dorset that is able to defend you at every stage of the proceedings without having to bring new lawyers in.  This means that you can be confident that we will be with you every step of the way and will know your case inside out.

Motoring Offences

If you want an expert driving offence defence solicitor, contact Hill Twine Solicitors in Bournemouth.

If you have received a Notice of Intended Prosecution or Court Summons contact Hill Twine Solicitors for advice. It is crucial that you contact us immediately as there are very strict time limits that apply to this documentation.

Hill Twine Solicitors understand how precious your driving licence is to you and that losing your licence can have a dramatic effect on your life. Motoring and traffic law can be a very technical area but Bournemouth based Hill Twine Solicitors are experienced driving offence solicitors who have been defending people in courts nationwide, including in the Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire road traffic courts, for many years.

Whether you are accused of a motoring or traffic offence in Dorset or elsewhere, Hill Twine Solicitors can defend you. Furthermore, with the Government introducing police prosecuted traffic courts it is even more important to have Hill Twine Solicitors representing you to ensure that you are treated fairly and justly.

What does our service include?

Advice on the appropriate plea, possible defences, and mitigation. This includes advice on potential:

Special reasons arguments to avoid penalty points, driving disqualifications, or licence endorsement;

Exceptional hardship arguments if you are facing a totting disqualification to enable you to continue driving and avoid a disqualification;

Drink drive rehabilitation courses which you can go on to enable you to reduce a driving disqualification

Court representation, including the preparation of all court documents, paperwork, instructing experts, expert reports, and witness statements.

For what driving offences can we defend you?

As expert driving offence defence solicitors in Bournemouth, Dorset we can represent you for all motoring offences including:

Excess alcohol (drink drive offences including driving whilst under the influence of alcohol and being in charge whilst under the influence of alcohol)

Failing to provide a specimen (whether the offence is a driving or in charge offence and whether it is a breath specimen, urine specimen or blood specimen)

Careless and dangerous driving (including due care and attention, death by careless driving, death by dangerous driving)

Driving whilst disqualified

Driving whilst under the influence of drugs

Speeding

Driving whilst using a mobile phone

Red traffic light offences (particularly important in Dorset due to the notorious “Holes Bay Road junction with Sterte Road, Poole traffic light camera)

Failing to provide information relating to the identity of a driver (otherwise known as the section 172 offence)

No insurance

No driving licence

Fail to stop after an accident and fail to report an accident

Goods vehicle-related offences such as tachograph offence and exceeding the permitted weight offences

Defective tyres

We can even represent you if you are charged with wanton and furious driving or cycling!

We can also assist you in an application for a reduction of a driving disqualification (an application to have your licence returned before the end of the disqualification period following a driving disqualification)

Civil Applications

There are a number of orders the Magistrates Court can make against you, even if you are not accused of a criminal offence. Many people do not realise that they can be legally represented for these sorts of applications and in some cases even qualify for legal aid do not make this mistake! Contact Hill Twine Solicitors, Bournemouth to find out how we can help you.

Our vast experience includes dealing with the following types of matters:

Closure Orders

ASBOs

Sexual Harm Prevention Order

Violent Offender Orders

Drinking Banning Orders

Taxi Licence Appeals (appealing against a local authority refusal to grant/revocation of a taxi or hackney carriage licence, including appeals against decisions of Bournemouth Borough Council, Poole Borough Council, and Dorset County Council)

Council Tax (including Liability Order applications, and means enquiries and committals)

Reduction of Driving Disqualification (an application to have your licence returned before the end of the disqualification period following a driving disqualification)

Environmental & Animal Welfare

There are a large number of prosecutions in Dorset for environmental and animal welfare offences due to the rural nature of the County.  Dorset based Hill Twine Solicitors are able to represent and defend you in these sorts of proceedings, whether on a legally aided or privately funded basis.  As a result of our Dorset location, our solicitors have gained experience and knowledge in these areas that you would not necessarily find in a City based firm.

We can help you with whatever proceedings you face, including:

Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)

RSPCA prosecutions

Dangerous dogs prosecutions

Dog destruction applications (whether linked to a dangerous dogs offence or a civil application)

Disqualification from keeping animals

Cock fighting

Dog fighting

Illegal breeding of animals

Unauthorised deposit of waste (fly-tipping)

Illegal discharges to air, land, and water

Transportation of controlled waste without registering

Breach of a noise abatement notice

Prosecutions for offences in Poole Harbour (such as speeding)

Fraud & Money Laundering

 

Fraud and money laundering proceedings can be complex but the experienced solicitors at Hill Twine Solicitors can provide you with expert advice and representation. Many of these offences start off in the Magistrates Court but are dealt with in the Crown Court because of their seriousness and complex nature. Hill Twine Solicitors are one of the only firms in Dorset that can represent you in both of these courts without the need to use lawyers from outside the firm, saving you money.

We can also represent you if you being interviewed in relation to one of these offences (whether or not the interview is under caution) and regardless of whether you are being interviewed by the police, the Department of Work & Pensions (the DWP), or a local authority (such as Bournemouth Borough Council, Poole Borough Council, or Dorset County Council).

We undertake both legally aided and privately funded work so contact us today to find out how we can help you.

We deal with all sorts of fraud and money laundering offences, including:

Benefit fraud

Fraud by false representation

Banking fraud

Insurance fraud

Credit fraud

Money laundering

Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 prosecutions

Detention and forfeiture of cash

Confiscation proceedings

Regulatory Offences

 

The vast amount of regulations surrounding business, health and safety, vehicles, licensing, trading standards etc. means that it is surprisingly easy to find that you or your company are being summonsed to attend court. A successful prosecution for these offences may lead to a very hefty fine, and even prison in some cases, so it is vital that you are properly represented.

Should you or your business find that you are being accused of breaching regulations or a criminal offence contact Hill Twine Solicitors to find out how we can help you. Our defence team can provide legal advice and representation and, because of our strong relationships with barristers chambers across the country (including London, Winchester, Southampton, and Bournemouth) we are able to instruct specialist barristers and QCs should you require it. You can be satisfied that instructing Hill Twine Solicitors will mean that you are obtaining the best possible representation.

We deal with all types of regulatory offences including:

Corporate manslaughter

Health & Safety

Licensing

Trading standards

Environmental matters

Noise abatement and pollution

Environmental matters

VOSA prosecutions

Our People

Our People

We are one of the only firms in Dorset whose lawyers are able to represent you in every criminal court without the need to use lawyers from outside the firm. This means that you can trust that we will be on your side and will represent you from the beginning right through to the end.  It also means that you will save money as you will not incur the costs of using extra lawyers as you would with other firms.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Call Us

01202 201226

Find Us

23 Hinton Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2EF
Our Costs

Our Costs

Legal Aid

If you are eligible for legal aid, we will make an application on your behalf.

Private Costs

If you are not eligible for legal aid, we will either agree a fixed fee with you or provide an estimate of our fees based on our usual hourly rate, dependant on many factors including the type of offence and complexity.

Legal aid is rarely available for less serious driving/motoring offences which can only be dealt with in the Magistrates’ Court and are known as summary offences.

Examples of common summary offences include: drink/drug driving, driving whilst disqualified, driving without insurance or a licence and speeding.  We can advise you whether an offence you are charged with is a summary offence or not and we have set out below our costs for dealing with these types of matters.

Costs

Initial telephone or email contact with us is free of charge.  We will not be able to give you specific advice over the phone however other than to confirm whether we are able to assist, and in brief the general procedure.

Our fixed fees (exclusive of VAT) for summary driving offences are as follows:

Conference at office (face to face)  £150 – to include consideration of the charge(s) and evidence available at that stage, taking your instructions and advising on plea, procedure, and sentence.  Any additional work such as for example making written representations to the prosecution or considering further evidence will attract an additional fee for which we will quote separately.

Representing you at court at first hearing (for plea) £350 – to include consideration of the charge(s) and evidence disclosed at this stage, taking your instructions and advising on plea, procedure and sentence and representing you during the hearing (known as advocacy).  If sentencing of your case has to be adjourned to another day then we will need to charge you an additional fee of £250.

Representing you at court for trial £1,500  or special reasons or exceptional hardship hearing – £675 to £1,000 (depending on nature of hearing and issues involved) – to include preparing your case for the hearing, instructing experts and taking witness statements at our offices (out of office appointments may attract additional costs) and advising on appeal (but not preparing the case for appeal, lodging the appeal, or representing you at the appeal hearing for which we will quote separately).

Timescales

If you enter a guilty plea at the first hearing then save in rare circumstances, you will most likely be sentenced and your case concluded that day, but if you are putting forward a special reason or exceptional hardship there will be a further hearing usually within about 3 months.

If you enter a not guilty plea your case will be adjourned for a trial to take place and will usually conclude within 6 months or so.  All time estimates are subject to court listing availability.

Additional costs (not included)

Disbursements e.g. fee for an expert’s report – a quote will always be provided to you for agreement in advance.

Additional work by us – where additional work is required to be undertaken by us, this will be charged at our hourly rates of £225 per hour (excluding VAT), or we may agree a further fixed fee with you.

The above fees are based upon the assumption that your case is to be dealt with in a Court local to our offices.  Where this is not the case, the additional travelling time involved will necessarily need to be reflected in our fees quoted and we will advise you accordingly.

Who will represent you?

You will be represented throughout by one of our qualified solicitors whose profiles setting out their qualifications and experience can be viewed in the ‘Our People’ section of this website.

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