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Prosecution Against Haulier Discontinued

Our Operator client was charged with Using an Operator’s Licence with Intention to Deceive. It was accepted that the Operator had mistakenly believed that he was able to use the margin on another’s licence for his own business, but there was no dishonesty or intention to deceive. Our solicitor, Laura […]

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Card Pulling Truck Drivers Escape Jail

These two defendants, father and son, represented at the Crown Court by barrister Harry Bowyer, had pulled their cards on numerous occasions. (One had pulled his card on over 40 separate occasions). SBC negotiated acceptable pleas and were able to put forward powerful mitigation which resulted in one driver being […]

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Conditional Discharge for PSV Driver for Tachograph and Drivers’ Hours Offences.

The PSV driver was represented by Millicent Dooher, barrister, at the Magistrates’ Court after the driver was caught by DVSA officers having failed to take a sufficient break and pulling his tachograph card whilst transporting school children. The Magistrates were persuaded to impose a conditional discharge rather than a fine, […]

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Driver Acquitted by Jury of Two Counts of Causing Death By Dangerous Driving

In this tragic case Harry Bowyer was instructed on behalf of a motorist who made a right turn into the path of a motorcycle that he had not seen. The motorcyclist and his pillion both died of their injuries. Pleas were offered at an early stage to causing death by […]

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Card Pulling Driver (14 times) Escapes Prison

This driver, represented at the Crown Court by Barrister Harry Bowyer, was committed for sentence on 14 charges of “pulling his card.” Drivers in this position are at real risk of immediate prison sentences. In the leading case of R v Saunders; R v Hockings; R v Williams [2001] EWCA […]

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Tachograph Offences – Driver Receives Small Fine

An Owner/Operator, represented by barrister Harry Bowyer, pleaded guilty to the offences alleged in his Single Justice Procedure Notice (SJPN). By going through the infringements it was possible to demonstrate that these were all of a minor nature. The Chairman of the Bench wished the driver good luck in the […]

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Careless Driving Not Far Short of Dangerous Driving – HGV Driver Keeps his Licence

Helen Newbold, specialist road transport barrister, represented this driver in the Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to a charge driving without due care and attention, in other words careless driving. The Magistrates watched CCTV of his HGV clipping one car causing it to hit another writing both vehicles off […]

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HGV Driver gets 12 Penalty Points but Keeps Licence.

Four LGV excess speed offences in less than 12-months usually means the loss of your licence – indeed the law requires that outcome. Using our knowledge of transport operations, including tramping, we were able to plead Exceptional Hardship to persuade the Magistrates to allow our client to continue driving. At […]

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100mph Driver Acquitted of Careless Driving receives 3 Penalty Points and a Band A Fine for Speeding

SBC Barristers are also members of the Independent Bar, acting through chambers, so that other firms of solicitors might instruct them independently of SBC, taking advantage of the skill set and contacts that the barristers can offer whilst being able to continue to litigate the case themselves. Harry Bowyer was […]

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Was This a Case of a Faulty Speed Camera or Human Error?

Specialist Transport Solicitor Martin Smith was instructed by the driver of a large goods vehicle who faced a serious allegation of speeding. A Safer Roads Enforcement Officer had examined photographic evidence and alleged that the large goods vehicle had been driven at a speed of 67 mph in a 40 […]

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