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Clandestine Entrant Civil Penalty Success – Penalties Withdrawn with Costs Against the Secretary of State

A truck belonging to our client, a major European haulier, was found to contain a large number of clandestine entrants (‘illegals’) in the sealed trailer. Later another of their trucks suffered a similar incursion. As always, Border Force imposed substantial Civil Penalties against our client and their drivers, claiming that […]

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£12,000 of Civil Penalties cancelled

This European Haulier instructed SBC following penalties being imposed after the discovery of a number of clandestine entrants within one of their vehicles. These penalties were appealed at the County Court by barrister Millicent Dooher, where the Judge cancelled the penalties in full and awarded full costs to the Appellants.

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Civil Penalties Reduced by £9000 and Costs Awarded in Full

Millicent Dooher, barrister, represented this European Haulier at the Civil Penalty Appeal hearing before the Circuit bench. Having had 9 clandestine entrants found within the vehicle by Border Force, penalties totalling almost £20,000 were levied against the Company and Driver. Both Company and Driver appealed on the level of these […]

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£350,000 of UK Road & Bridge Toll Penalties Cancelled for European Client

A hiccup with our client’s banking arrangements meant that his standing order to the relevant government agency stopped paying – this meant that he stopped paying bridge tolls. Despite the hiccup not being the fault of our client, he ended-up with several thousand Penalty Notices amounting to over £350,000, with […]

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Penalties Significantly Reduced Due to Border Force Delay in Issuing Penalties

Millicent Dooher, barrister, successfully represented this company at a Civil Penalty Appeal hearing following the discovery of Clandestine Entrants on 3 separate occasions. The substantive issue was the excessive amount of time it had taken for Border Force to issue penalties following the discovery of the Clandestine entrants. It had […]

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Civil Penalties reduced by 75%

Millicent Dooher represented a Driver who had a civil penalty imposed following the discovery of 8 clandestine entrants. Despite the Driver having no documented checks of the vehicle, no vehicle security checklist and no spare security devices, Millicent Dooher was able to put forwards financial representations for the Driver and […]

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Operator and Driver Faced £12000 of Civil Penalties – All Cancelled on Appeal to the County Court

Barrister, Millicent Dooher successfully appealed the civil penalties imposed on this Company and their Driver. 10 clandestine entrants had been discovered in the trailer of the vehicle arriving in the UK. After a contested hearing, the Circuit Judge found that the statutory defence was made out and the penalties, totalling […]

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London LEZ Penalties Cancelled for 6-truck Slovak Operator

This small Slovakian Operator engaged in trans-European transport was hit with LEZ penalties totalling over €14,500. He found us on Google, and we took up his appeal, handled by Simon Clarke. On reading the result of his appeal our client sent this email, received this morning: “Good morning Simon, a […]

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£13,000 of Civil Penalties for Clandestine Entrants Removed by Border Force

Laura Newton represented a Company and Driver where Civil Penalties had been imposed in relation to 12 clandestine entrants being found in the vehicle when it entered the UK. A Notice of Objection was submitted for each penalty and we were able to demonstrate that the requirements of the Border […]

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Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) Penalties Cancelled on Appeal

Solicitor Laura Newton represented our German client who had received a number of ULEZ Penalties issued by TfL. An appeal was lodged with London Tribunals challenging the validity of the Notices. After considering the legal arguments put forward, TfL chose not to contest the appeal and agreed that the penalties […]

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