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Backhouse Jones Ltd - Transport: Road: Regulatory

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 4 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. Represents a range of high-profile transport providers, including bus operators and logistics companies.

Strengths A client describes the firm as "efficient, well run and business-focused," adding: "Their particular strength is their knowledge and experience of the transport and haulage industry, in respect of which they are without rival."

Clients comment on the firm's "exceptional" client service, with one noting: "From the first call to reception to dealing with the nitty gritty of issues, the service is always seamless."

Notable practitioners

James Backhouse advises both commercial and passenger carriers on a range of regulatory matters, including health and safety, environmental and licensing issues. He is well regarded for his experience representing clients at public inquiries. Sources describe him as "phenomenally good and very knowledgeable."

Jonathon Backhouse has wide-ranging expertise in road regulatory matters, including health and safety prosecutions and other transport-related crime. He also advises clients on regulatory compliance related to M&A and business structuring.

Andrew Woolfall is a solicitor advocate who represents transport industry clients during criminal prosecutions and public inquiries. He acts for companies and individuals in proceedings across the UK, and also handles cases concerning vehicles operating in Europe.

Michael Cunningham specialises in commercial transport matters, with a particular niche in waste regulation and the carriage of animals. He advises clients on prosecutions and inquiries as well as providing compliance advice.

John Heaton is an acknowledged expert in road-related prosecutions, with one source saying: "He knows the law in this area backwards." His clients include both commercial and passenger transport operators.

Laura Hadzik advises transport managers and drivers in both the passenger transport and haulage sectors. She provides a range of regulatory advice as well as representing clients during public inquiries.

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Aaron & Partners LLP - Transport: Road: Regulatory

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary 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. Acts for clients facing proceedings relating to operator licensing, traffic offences and maintenance issues.

Strengths One client says: "We were impressed with the excellent quality of service, and the complete and utter commitment and thoroughness shown to each task."

Notable practitioners

Tim Culpin regularly advises clients on regulatory compliance matters as well as representing them before the Traffic Commissioner and in court proceedings. Sources highlight his strength in handling public inquiries.

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Pellys Transport and Regulatory Law - Transport: Road: Regulatory

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- 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. Also provides in-depth advice on internal systems reviews and other compliance matters.

Strengths One client says: "They offer an excellent standard of service and commerciality," and also comments on the team's "in-depth knowledge regarding the transport industry."

Sources say: "Their client care and attention to detail are second to none."

Notable practitioners

Richard Pelly advises clients on regulatory compliance as well as during road traffic-related criminal proceedings and public inquiries. Clients describe him as "extremely thorough, with an immensely detailed knowledge of his specialist subject."

The "legendary" Roland Pelly is recognised for his many years' experience handling matters on behalf of commercial vehicle operators and their drivers. He has significant expertise in DVSA investigations and road traffic criminal prosecutions.

Department profile by Pellys Transport and Regulatory Law

WHO WE ARE

We are a niche road transport firm with thirty plus years of experience and nationwide coverage specialising in road transport and regulatory law.

OUR PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK

Covering all of England and Wales, we advise commercial vehicle operators of all types (coach & bus, HGV, hackney carriage, stretch limousine and private hire) as well as their drivers on all aspects of operator licensing (including Local Authority and Public Carriage Office), regulatory compliance and best practice, clandestine entrant and illegal immigration Border Force cases, the lawful use of equestrian vehicles, construction and use, dangerous goods, utilities and ‘special vehicle’ operations, police and DVSA/VOSA investigations, plus health & safety, to include advising on interviews under caution, all road traffic criminal prosecutions (from death by dangerous to parking), and all traffic commissioner public inquiries, driver conduct hearings and appeals. 


The firm also provides a full employment service, specialist litigation services including Judicial Review as well as commercial and contractual advice

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Rothera Sharp - Transport: Road: Regulatory

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary 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. Acts for a number of major commercial vehicle operators and logistics companies.

Strengths One client praises the firm for providing a "seamless support network," adding: "From initial conversation to final account, they provide a joined-up service."

Clients describe the team as "very efficient and personable."

Significant clients DHL, Travis Perkins Group, Sports Direct, Rhys Davies & Sons, Armstrong Logistics.

Notable practitioners

Anton Balkitis heads the firm's road transport regulatory team. He advises both domestic and international operators on a range of compliance matters. Clients describe him as "extremely knowledgeable on all matters of road transport law," adding that "he always has time to discuss and go the extra mile."

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Birketts LLP - Transport: Road: Regulatory

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary 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. Offers a dedicated in-house advocacy team to provide clients with seamless representation throughout court proceedings.

Notable practitioners

Laura Thomas heads the firm's corporate criminal defence group and regularly represents clients facing public inquiries and criminal prosecutions. She also handles operator licence queries.

Philippa Dyer is an associate who enjoys a good reputation for her transport practice. She has considerable experience in handling operator licence issues as well as preparing clients for public inquiries.

Department profile by Birketts LLP

Our Transport and Logistics Team can assist you with all your legal needs in the increasingly regulated world of transport, from contractual and liabilities issues to regulatory and operational problems. We assist with transport specific issues such as tachographs, licensing, terms and conditions, logistics contracts and liens, to more general areas of law such as health and safety, employment, immigration, corporate and property.

Our specialist advice covers:

  • terms and conditions, including freight and passenger transport
  • carrier's liability, both domestic and under the CMR, and Warsaw Convention
  • logistics contracts and liens - negotiation and enforcement
  • transport, distribution, warehousing and carriage disputes
  • operator licence undertakings
  • road transport regulatory issues
  • road traffic accidents
  • product liability claims

We frequently represent companies and individuals in prosecutions brought by the police and DVSA and in Public Inquiries before the Traffic Commissioner. Head of team, Laura Thomas, sits as a Deputy Traffic Commissioner and was previously a board member for the FTA. We also, uniquely, have a transport consultant in the team who formerly worked for DVSA and offers practical advice and audits.

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DWF LLP - Transport: Road: Regulatory

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary 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. Offers the benefit of noted expertise in health and safety matters along with in-depth road regulatory knowledge.

Strengths A client says: "We particularly like their friendliness, enthusiasm and confidence as well as their professional abilities and knowledge. They get things done immediately – they will pick up the phone to do the job or tackle any situation swiftly and very effectively."

Significant clients Sawyer's Transport, Motor Vehicle Transportation, South Staffordshire, RSA, Morgan McLemon.

Notable practitioners

Head of the firm's road transport and logistics team Vikki Woodfine "knows her stuff," according to interviewees. She is adept at representing clients during road-related health and safety prosecutions as well as advising on regulatory compliance matters.

Joanne Witheford offers notable experience in road regulatory law and associated health and safety matters. She regularly represents operator clients during criminal proceedings as well as public inquiries.

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Fielden Marshall Glover Strutt - Transport: Road: Regulatory

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 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. Represents individual drivers as well as transport operators.

Strengths Clients say: "The team have always gone that extra mile to help - the advice given has been precise and easily understood. Their no-nonsense approach to issues encourages me to seek advice at every level."

Notable practitioners

David Glover offers clients the benefit of his broad experience in transport, health and safety and environmental law, combined with "expansive knowledge" of the road transport industry. Clients call upon him for compliance advice as well as representation during criminal proceedings.

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Stone King LLP - Transport: Road: Regulatory

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary 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. Notable focus on representing bus operators, particularly with regard to maintenance and timetabling issues.

Significant clients Arriva, First Scotland, Cenin, Bath Bus Company, National Express.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Banks has considerable expertise in transport regulatory matters. As a solicitor advocate, he represents clients during both public inquiries and court proceedings relating to alleged regulatory violations, including drivers' hours and timetabling compliance issues.

Peter Woodhouse is a solicitor advocate who regularly represents bus operators and hauliers facing criminal prosecutions and public inquiries. Clients says he is "responsive and proactive," with one adding: "He is always ready to offer advice and ensure the complexities are understood."

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Weightmans - Transport: Road: Regulatory

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary 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. Clients include national bus operators, logistics companies and livestock transporters.

Strengths Clients praise the team's "in-depth knowledge of the industry."

Significant clients Turner, Hoyer Group, National Express, Brit European, First Group.

Notable practitioners

Gary Hodgson advises on road regulatory issues as well as representing clients during hearings and court proceedings. Clients praise his adept handling of a case, particularly his ability "to bring forward impromptu ideas and solutions quickly when needed."

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Woodfines LLP - Transport: Road: Regulatory

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

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.

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Senior Statesmen

Backhouse Jones Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

John Heaton is an acknowledged expert in road-related prosecutions, with one source saying: "He knows the law in this area backwards." His clients include both commercial and passenger transport operators.

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Senior Statesmen

OTB Eveling LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Christopher Over of OTB Eveling LLP is a highly distinguished transport lawyer with a wealth of experience advising on compliance matters as well as during public inquiries. His clients include HGV and public service vehicle operators. Clients praise his legal acumen as well as "the vast knowledge he has on transport legislation."

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Senior Statesmen

Pellys Transport and Regulatory Law

From the Chambers UK guide

The "legendary" Roland Pelly is recognised for his many years' experience handling matters on behalf of commercial vehicle operators and their drivers. He has significant expertise in DVSA investigations and road traffic criminal prosecutions.

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Band 1

Backhouse Jones Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

James Backhouse advises both commercial and passenger carriers on a range of regulatory matters, including health and safety, environmental and licensing issues. He is well regarded for his experience representing clients at public inquiries. Sources describe him as "phenomenally good and very knowledgeable."

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Jonathon Backhouse

Backhouse Jones Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathon Backhouse has wide-ranging expertise in road regulatory matters, including health and safety prosecutions and other transport-related crime. He also advises clients on regulatory compliance related to M&A and business structuring.

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Band 1

Aaron & Partners LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Tim Culpin regularly advises clients on regulatory compliance matters as well as representing them before the Traffic Commissioner and in court proceedings. Sources highlight his strength in handling public inquiries.

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Weightmans

From the Chambers UK guide

Gary Hodgson advises on road regulatory issues as well as representing clients during hearings and court proceedings. Clients praise his adept handling of a case, particularly his ability "to bring forward impromptu ideas and solutions quickly when needed."

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Pellys Transport and Regulatory Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Pelly advises clients on regulatory compliance as well as during road traffic-related criminal proceedings and public inquiries. Clients describe him as "extremely thorough, with an immensely detailed knowledge of his specialist subject."

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Band 1

Ashtons Legal

From the Chambers UK guide

Tim Ridyard of Ashtons Legal acts for clients on a broad range of road regulatory issues, including investigations and criminal prosecutions. Sources acknowledge him as "a big player in the transport world."

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Band 2

Rothera Sharp

From the Chambers UK guide

Anton Balkitis heads the firm's road transport regulatory team. He advises both domestic and international operators on a range of compliance matters. Clients describe him as "extremely knowledgeable on all matters of road transport law," adding that "he always has time to discuss and go the extra mile."

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Band 2

Fielden Marshall Glover Strutt

From the Chambers UK guide

David Glover offers clients the benefit of his broad experience in transport, health and safety and environmental law, combined with "expansive knowledge" of the road transport industry. Clients call upon him for compliance advice as well as representation during criminal proceedings.

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Band 2

Penningtons Manches LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Niven of Penningtons Manches LLP advises both passenger and commercial clients on a range of transport issues. Clients say: "His knowledge on transport is wide-ranging and he shows attention to detail when it comes to legal matters ." Another adds that he is "very approachable and user-friendly."

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Band 2

Backhouse Jones Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Woolfall is a solicitor advocate who represents transport industry clients during criminal prosecutions and public inquiries. He acts for companies and individuals in proceedings across the UK, and also handles cases concerning vehicles operating in Europe.

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Band 3

Stone King LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Banks has considerable expertise in transport regulatory matters. As a solicitor advocate, he represents clients during both public inquiries and court proceedings relating to alleged regulatory violations, including drivers' hours and timetabling compliance issues.

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Band 3

Michael Cunningham

Backhouse Jones Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Cunningham specialises in commercial transport matters, with a particular niche in waste regulation and the carriage of animals. He advises clients on prosecutions and inquiries as well as providing compliance advice.

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Band 3

Stephensons

From the Chambers UK guide

Sean Joyce of Stephensons acts for PCV and HGV operators as well as individual drivers. He defends clients facing public inquiries and criminal prosecutions, including multi-defendant actions brought by the DVSA.

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Band 3

Birketts LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Laura Thomas heads the firm's corporate criminal defence group and regularly represents clients facing public inquiries and criminal prosecutions. She also handles operator licence queries.

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Band 3

Moore Blatch LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Thompson of Moore Blatch LLP is known for his extensive knowledge of road regulatory law. He regularly represents haulier clients in cases concerning the operation of HGVs and also acts for individual drivers facing prosecution for road traffic offences.

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Band 3

Shulmans

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Wadkin of Shulmans provides advice and advocacy to clients in the road transport industry facing public inquiries and criminal prosecution. Sources say: "He is a very good lawyer – completely unflappable, and absolutely brilliant at preparing a case. He can see the bigger picture as well as the detail."

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Stone King LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Peter Woodhouse is a solicitor advocate who regularly represents bus operators and hauliers facing criminal prosecutions and public inquiries. Clients says he is "responsive and proactive," with one adding: "He is always ready to offer advice and ensure the complexities are understood."

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Up and Coming

DWF LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of the firm's road transport and logistics team Vikki Woodfine "knows her stuff," according to interviewees. She is adept at representing clients during road-related health and safety prosecutions as well as advising on regulatory compliance matters.

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Star Associate

Fieldfisher

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Sanderson of Fieldfisher works with clients in the freight and passenger transport industries, as well as advising companies in other industries who possess significant fleets of vehicles. Clients say: "He is easy to communicate with and good at what he does – any questions we asked were dealt with quickly."

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Associates to watch

Birketts LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Philippa Dyer is an associate who enjoys a good reputation for her transport practice. She has considerable experience in handling operator licence issues as well as preparing clients for public inquiries.

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Associates to watch

Backhouse Jones Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

Laura Hadzik advises transport managers and drivers in both the passenger transport and haulage sectors. She provides a range of regulatory advice as well as representing clients during public inquiries.

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Associates to watch

DWF LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Joanne Witheford offers notable experience in road regulatory law and associated health and safety matters. She regularly represents operator clients during criminal proceedings as well as public inquiries.

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