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I’ve received a notice of intended prosecution through the post, what should I do?
Don’t do nothing! Notices of intended prosecution are often accompanied by a s.172 notice, which requires you to give information relating to the identity of the driver of your car at a particular time. Failure to respond to that notice means you have committed a further offence for which your licence can be endorsed with 6 penalty points and a fine imposed. As soon as you receive the notice, contact us to get advice from a Road Law Barrister about your options.

How much is this going to cost me?
Our fees are fixed; you are not charged extra for the time spent by your barrister preparing your case. The total cost will depend on the number of court appearances and whether your case is to be heard in the Magistrates’ or Crown Court. We are totally open about our fees, so there are no nasty surprises for you. Click here to see our fee structure.

Why use a direct access barrister?
In the past anyone that had been accused of a motoring offence that was seeking legal advice or representation first needed to use the services of a motoring solicitor who would then engage the specialist services of a barrister. Since 2004 members of the public have been able to use direct access barrister you will be hiring a legal specialist with experience and an expert knowledge of road traffic law.

Why go to a barrister rather than a solicitor?
Coming straight to a barrister means you are only paying for one lawyer. You will have direct access to a barrister who will look after your case from beginning to end. Barristers are specialist court advocates but are also trained and experienced in the preparation of cases, meaning you are getting the best of both worlds.

Our initial free consultation:
The initial consultation is for the barrister to obtain enough information from you to give you advice about your situation.

I have been summonsed to court for a road traffic offence but I can’t afford to get any more points on my licence. Can I avoid having points imposed?
There are a number of potential ways of avoiding the imposition of penalty points on your licence. For example, if you plead not guilty and are acquitted of the allegation, there will be no penalty. Also, we frequently argue on behalf of our clients that there is a “special reason” relating to the offence that prevents the imposition of penalty points. To discuss how this could relate to your case, get in touch with one of our Road Law Barristers.

I was convicted in the Magistrates’ Court. How do I appeal that decision?
Appeals from the Magistrates’ Court are heard in the Crown Court. There is also a way of appealing to the High Court if the Magistrates have made a legal or procedural error. There are strict time limits on when an appeal from the Magistrates’ Court can be lodged, so you need to contact us sooner rather than later. Click here for more on how we can help with your appeal.

I want to represent myself in Court but I need some advice first. Can you help me?
A Road Law Barrister would be happy to analyse your case papers and provide detailed advice, either during a face-to-face conference at our premises or over the telephone, for a one-off fee of £175 + VAT. If you later decide to instruct your barrister, this fee will be deducted from your eventual bill.

Do you provide your legal services throughout Yorkshire and the Humber?
Yes, our road law are available to represent clients with cases in Leeds, York, Bradford, Northallerton as well as throughout Yorkshire and the Humber.

What types of driving offences can you help with?
Whether you’ve been stopped by the police, received a court summons or been charged with an offence, get in touch with us to see what your options are.  Will be able to analyse your case and present your defence in a persuasive manner to help you achieve the best possible outcome. Whether you have been caught speeding, arrested on suspicion of drink driving, accused of dangerous driving or been accused of any other motoring offence, we have the expertise to help you keep your licence.

So if you are looking for a motoring lawyer, road law lawyer or considering using the services of a drink driving solicitor our Road Law Barristers will provide expert representation at courts across Yorkshire and Humber


Driverless cars – it’s the future!

Driverless cars were once the preserve of science-fiction films, but from January 2015 they will be a reality on the UK roads. But what about the law that currently governs road users? How will they apply to driverless cars being used on public roads?

Just because a car can be driven autonomously, this won’t mean that drivers are released from all of their obligations. The term ‘driverless vehicle’ covers all sorts of functions that already exist on many cars already – such as cruise control, automatic braking and self-parking functions.

However, the government recognises that driverless vehicles have implications for the laws and regulations governing public roads. That’s why they are currently reviewing the legal and insurance issues surrounding driverless cars. The results of this review and the regulatory changes required will be announced at the end of the year, so if you’re thinking of getting a driverless car for Christmas, make sure you also get the low down on what new laws will govern you.

There is no doubt that whilst the technological hurdles surrounding driverless cars have been overcome, the legal hurdles are yet to come! So watch this space for details.