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UK Guide

Transport: Road: Regulatory — UK-wide

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Clitheroe, London 

What the team is known for Market-leading practice with specialist expertise across the full spectrum of road regulatory matters, including representing operators in public inquiries and prosecutions. Acts for commercial and passenger clients.

Strengths 

"They are the top firm in this area." 

"They are the biggest firm doing it and produce the best-quality work."

Notable practitioners  

Sources say of James Backhouse: "If you are an operator and you have a problem, there is nobody in the country who could say that he doesn't know what he is doing." He is routinely sought out for his substantial experience in handling public inquiries.

Jonathon Backhouse is lauded by clients as a "very good lawyer." He has significant experience across a wide array of road regulatory matters.

Andrew Woolfall regularly represents clients in public inquiries and criminal prosecutions. Sources say: "He has been doing this work for a long time and is very good."

Michael Cunningham is held in high regard by commentators for his road regulatory expertise. He has particular skill representing HGV operators in public inquiries related to maintenance, health and safety, and environmental compliance.

John Heaton routinely represents clients facing criminal prosecution for failure to comply with road legislation.

Laura Hadzik is well versed in a range of road regulatory work. Sources highlight her for her deep transport law expertise.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Chester

What the team is known for Highly respected team with substantial experience advising waste, goods and passenger carriers in public inquiries and criminal prosecutions. Also adept at providing strategic compliance advice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are totally reliable and provide a service above and beyond the expected requirement. We now consider them our first port of call should we require expert advice."

Notable practitioners  

According to sources, Tim Culpin is "very knowledgeable in the area of transport law. He always looks after his clients and is very pleasant to deal with." Clients praise his "in-depth research, correspondence and legal knowledge." He is experienced in representing clients at both Traffic Commissioner and Magistrates' Court proceedings.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- Office location: Stansted Mountfitchet  

What the team is known for Impressive practice advising goods and passenger vehicle operators on the full range of road regulatory matters. Frequently represents clients in criminal and civil proceedings as well as public inquiries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A brilliant, hard-working team who go over and above for the client."

"My overall impression of the Pellys team is one of thoroughness in everything they do."

Notable practitioners  

Richard Pelly is commended by sources as "an extremely conscientious lawyer" who is "calm, very reliable and a pleasure to work with." He has particular experience representing clients in public inquiries.

Roland Pelly is praised as an "extremely good lawyer" who is "experienced and knowledgeable" and "does a thorough job for his clients." He has extensive experience advising commercial operators on regulatory compliance as well as defending them in prosecutions.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Nottingham

What the team is known for Established practice with broad expertise in road regulatory matters. Frequently represents clients at public inquiries as well as in criminal proceedings before the Traffic Commissioner, Magistrates' Court and Crown Court. Also adept at advising on regulatory compliance concerns, including financial standing and licence applications.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"A very efficient and personable team which is proactive in providing updates on legal changes and the ramifications faced by the industry."

"They did a very good job and everyone came out happy." 

Notable practitioners 

Anton Balkitis represents national and international goods and passenger service vehicle operators on a wide variety of road transport law matters. One impressed client reports: "He is very legally knowledgeable and has the commercial understanding to ensure we make the right decision that will work for our business." 

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong team advising clients on a wide range of road regulatory matters, including Traffic Commissioner public inquiries, operator licensing and challenges to vehicle seizures. Also defends against a range of prosecutions, including a growing emphasis in the area of waste prosecutions.

Notable practitioners 

Mike Hayward is a key contact at the firm.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Ipswich

What the team is known for Represents clients at public inquiries as well as in the Magistrates' and Crown Courts for offences including careless driving, overloading and tachograph breaches. Clients benefit from its complementary expertise in health and safety, corporate immigration and employment matters.

Notable practitioners  

Laura Thomas handles a range of road regulatory matters for her operator clients, including public inquiries and operator licence queries, as well as defence in criminal prosecutions.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Manchester

What the team is known for Regularly represents clients in criminal investigations and inquiries by the police and local authorities pursuant to road traffic incidents, including collisions resulting in serious or fatal injuries. Also adept at appearing in both the Magistrates' Court and Crown Court to defend clients against criminal prosecution.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"A very strong team who works together, sharing each other's knowledge and experience."

"They are very professional and expert in their field." 

Notable practitioners  

Vikki Woodfine "is very knowledgeable, easy to deal with and is always on hand," report clients. She has expertise in a range of road regulatory maters, including operator licensing  and public inquiries.

Joanne Witheford is considered to be "diligent and excellent in all that she does." She has a depth of experience representing operators at public inquiries and in the criminal courts.

Significant clients Morrisons, South Staffordshire, Morgan McLernon Group, RSA, Allianz Legal Protection.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Lancaster

What the team is known for Handles compliance and regulatory matters as well as investigations, prosecutions and inquiries for passenger and commercial clients. Also adept at handling disputes and claims work arising out of the logistics sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The team always goes that extra mile to help, and the advice given is precise and easily understood. Their no-nonsense approach to issues encourages me to seek advice at every level."

"A good, reliable and personable team." 

Notable practitioners  

David Glover is "experienced in his field and totally dependable for issues relating to legal compliance in the road transport operations sector," report clients. He is also often sought after by clients for representation in public inquiries and the criminal courts.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Bath

What the team is known for Recognised for its strength in representing haulier operators in public inquiries. Additionally well equipped to appear in the Magistrates' and Crown Courts to defend clients in prosecutions. Also possesses expertise in transport-related employment matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The team as a whole is professional, experienced and good at understanding where you are coming from as a business. They are direct and easy to interact with and come back to you in a quick and timely manner."

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Banks is recommended by clients as a "practical, sensible and cost-effective" practitioner. He is experienced in representing clients in public inquiries and in court proceedings.

According to clients, the "totally reliable" Peter Woodhouse is "extremely knowledgeable in transport law and procedures." They add: "He has a very good manner and always makes you feel at ease."

Significant clients First Scotland, Hall Hunter Partnership, Arriva, Ensign Bus, Bath Bus Company.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Leeds

What the team is known for Well equipped to handle road-related public inquiries as well as criminal proceedings. Provides advice to commercial vehicle operators as well as passenger clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The team's key strength is that it is a full-service department for transport and road haulage clients. It has expertise that covers the full range of clients' needs from licensing, traffic examiner hearings, inquests and criminal litigation." 

Notable practitioners 

Gary Hodgson is described by clients as "a very knowledgeable individual with a very analytical mind" who "always offers good, sound advice." He offers clients expertise in a wide range of road regulatory matters, including representation in hearings and inquiries.

Significant clients FirstGroup, National Express, Arriva Transport Solutions, Hoyer Group, Brit European Transport.

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Senior Statesmen

Backhouse Jones Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

John Heaton routinely represents clients facing criminal prosecution for failure to comply with road legislation.

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Band 1

Backhouse Jones Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say of James Backhouse: "If you are an operator and you have a problem, there is nobody in the country who could say that he doesn't know what he is doing." He is routinely sought out for his substantial experience in handling public inquiries.

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Band 1

Backhouse Jones Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathon Backhouse is lauded by clients as a "very good lawyer." He has significant experience across a wide array of road regulatory matters.

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Band 1

Aaron & Partners LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

According to sources, Tim Culpin is "very knowledgeable in the area of transport law. He always looks after his clients and is very pleasant to deal with." Clients praise his "in-depth research, correspondence and legal knowledge." He is experienced in representing clients at both Traffic Commissioner and Magistrates' Court proceedings.

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Band 1

Weightmans

From the Chambers UK guide

Gary Hodgson is described by clients as "a very knowledgeable individual with a very analytical mind" who "always offers good, sound advice." He offers clients expertise in a wide range of road regulatory matters, including representation in hearings and inquiries.

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Band 1

OTB Eveling LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Christopher Over of OTB Eveling LLP represents clients in a range of road regulatory matters. Clients also benefit from his complementary expertise in employment law and commercial litigation.

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Band 1

Pellys Transport and Regulatory Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Pelly is commended by sources as "an extremely conscientious lawyer" who is "calm, very reliable and a pleasure to work with." He has particular experience representing clients in public inquiries.

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Band 1

Ashtons Legal

From the Chambers UK guide

Tim Ridyard of Ashtons Legal is recognised by sources as a key adviser for companies and their employees in road regulatory matters. He is also noted for his skill handling prosecutions. Sources say: "He knows everything about this area of law and is fantastic with clients." Clients add: "His knowledge has always benefited us whenever we have had a problem - he is extremely easy to deal with and fills us with the utmost confidence."

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Band 1

Backhouse Jones Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Woolfall regularly represents clients in public inquiries and criminal prosecutions. Sources say: "He has been doing this work for a long time and is very good."

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Band 2

Rothera Sharp

From the Chambers UK guide

Anton Balkitis represents national and international goods and passenger service vehicle operators on a wide variety of road transport law matters. One impressed client reports: "He is very legally knowledgeable and has the commercial understanding to ensure we make the right decision that will work for our business." 

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Band 2

Fielden Marshall Glover Strutt

From the Chambers UK guide

David Glover is "experienced in his field and totally dependable for issues relating to legal compliance in the road transport operations sector," report clients. He is also often sought after by clients for representation in public inquiries and the criminal courts.

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Band 2

Stephensons

From the Chambers UK guide

Sean Joyce of Stephensons is described by a source as a "brave and worldly lawyer with mountains of experience." He has expertise across a range of criminal and regulatory matters.

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Band 2

Penningtons Manches LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

According to clients, David Niven of Penningtons Manches LLP is "very approachable, user-friendly and extremely knowledgeable on transport law regulatory matters - he comes highly recommended." They also appreciate that he is "committed and focused" and "takes the complexity out of the problems faced."

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Band 2

Pellys Transport and Regulatory Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Roland Pelly is praised as an "extremely good lawyer" who is "experienced and knowledgeable" and "does a thorough job for his clients." He has extensive experience advising commercial operators on regulatory compliance as well as defending them in prosecutions.

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Band 3

Stone King LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Banks is recommended by clients as a "practical, sensible and cost-effective" practitioner. He is experienced in representing clients in public inquiries and in court proceedings.

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Band 3

Backhouse Jones Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Cunningham is held in high regard by commentators for his road regulatory expertise. He has particular skill representing HGV operators in public inquiries related to maintenance, health and safety, and environmental compliance.

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Band 3

Birketts LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Laura Thomas handles a range of road regulatory matters for her operator clients, including public inquiries and operator licence queries, as well as defence in criminal prosecutions.

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Band 3

Moore Blatch LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Thompson of Moore Blatch LLP frequently advises hauliers on a variety of road regulatory matters, including defence of prosecutions. He is also adept at handling road traffic cases for drivers.

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Band 3

Shulmans

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Wadkin of Shulmans is described by commentators as "effective, well prepared and unflappable." He is highlighted as "a thorough expert in all aspects of road transport regulation and enforcement."

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Band 3

Stone King LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

According to clients, the "totally reliable" Peter Woodhouse is "extremely knowledgeable in transport law and procedures." They add: "He has a very good manner and always makes you feel at ease."

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Up and Coming

DWF LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Vikki Woodfine "is very knowledgeable, easy to deal with and is always on hand," report clients. She has expertise in a range of road regulatory maters, including operator licensing  and public inquiries.

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Star Associate

Fieldfisher

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Sanderson of Fieldfisher has experience representing operators and individuals in public inquiries and before the courts, as well as providing advice on general regulatory matters. An impressed client reports: “His assured demeanour means that we have absolute confidence in his handling of our cases.”

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Associates to watch

Backhouse Jones Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

Laura Hadzik is well versed in a range of road regulatory work. Sources highlight her for her deep transport law expertise.

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Associates to watch

DWF LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Joanne Witheford is considered to be "diligent and excellent in all that she does." She has a depth of experience representing operators at public inquiries and in the criminal courts.

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