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Exceptional Hardship

Exceptional Hardship

Arguing exceptional hardship is not as straight forward as it might first appear as, by definition it has to be exceptional. Ordinary hardship will not be considered by the Court.

The appeal Courts have been reluctant to lay down any strict rules as to what amounts to exceptional hardship and stressed that each case should be decided on its own facts.

For example loss of employment as a result of a driving ban will not normally be considered. However the effect of the loss of employment both on the defendant and any innocent third parties can and often does amount to exceptional hardship.

It is therefore important that every case is carefully investigated and all lines of enquiry are explored. We have extensive experience of taking our clients’ detailed instructions and identifying the key factors relevant to the case to present it to the court.

Our Criminal Defence specialists have an impressive record in arguing exceptional hardship in court and supporting clients to keep their driving license.

Diagnostic Appointment

We offer an initial 1-hour appointment, where we will discuss your case and confirm our advice in writing, for a fee of £150 +VAT (total £180).

Exceptional Hardship

There is an additional fee in the range £350 to £500 + VAT, depending on the complexity of the case, where we will be arguing against disqualification under the ‘totting up’ provisions.


We will provide clear guidance on costs at the outset of the case and examine funding options such as Legal Aid to ensure the quality advice you need is accessible and affordable.

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