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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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Driver facing disqualification for totting receives 6 points and keeps licence

This HGV driver, represented by barrister Helen Newbold, was facing a mandatory 18 points for four driving related offences. With the loss of his licence and his employment a very real possibility he took the right decision to get representation from a road transport specialist. After taking advice from Helen […]

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A “Fine outcome” for Falsification of Driver Record

Barrister Helen Newbold represented this HGV driver in the Magistrates’ court. By removing one of the analogue discs recording a tramping journey he had deliberately made a false record, an offence which carries an unlimited fine. After taking advice, the driver decided to plead guilty at the first opportunity. This […]

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Appeal to the Crown Court: Cannabis Smoking Truck Driver Keeps Licence.

This driver, represented in the Crown Court by Barrister Harry Bowyer (SBC did not act in the Magistrates’ Court), wanted to appeal his disqualification for Drug Driving. He had given a lift to a friend who had offered him roll up cigarettes on their journey down south. The driver accepted […]

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Causing Serious Injury by Dangerous Driving – Driver Escapes Immediate Custody

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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