R v B (Court of Appeal)
Instructed in this high profile appeal case. B pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice. B admitted using a laser jammer to avoid getting penalty points on his driving licence. The Court of Appeal allowed the appeal against sentence and substituted a suspended sentence for an immediate custodial sentence.
R v P (Carlisle Magistrates Court)
Instructed in this speeding case. The prosecutor alleged that the defendant drove at a measured 145 mph and “in excess of 150 mph” whilst being followed by a police car over a distance of 25 miles. Full facts admitted. Guilty plea. 56 day disqualification. £120 fine.
R v K (Lewes Crown Court)
Instructed in this causing death by dangerous driving trial. The prosecution alleged that K was racing another vehicle - cars driven at over 100 mph a second apart. The driver of the other car lost control of his vehicle, crashed and sadly, a passenger lost his life. K denied that his driving was more than a minimal cause of death. Not guilty verdict to causing death by dangerous driving but convicted of a far less serious offence after trial.
R v O (Lincoln Crown Court)
Instructed in this appeal against conviction case. In the lower court, the defendant, of previous good character was convicted of an assault arising from a road rage incident. The defendant’s appeal against conviction was allowed and costs awarded.
R v P (Bradford Crown Court)
Instructed in this perverting the course of justice case. Prosecution alleged that the defendant used a laser jammer device on two separate occasions in two different vehicles - preventing speed checks to be made. Defendant found not guilty of both counts on the indictment after a three day trial.
R v L (Staines Magistrates' Court)
Instructed in this speeding case. At trial before a district judge, the prosecution were put to proof that proceedings were instituted properly by Thames Valley police using the Single Justice Procedure. Prosecutor offered no evidence at half-time and the case was dismissed.
R v F (Leamington Spa Magistrates' Court)
Instructed in this speeding and careless driving case. At trial, a police officer testified that the defendant drove his Porsche at 130 mph, drove erratically, tailgated and undertook a vehicle. Case dismissed following a submission of no case to answer.
R v A (Southend Magistrates' Court)
Instructed in this case involving seven speeding offences committed within a 29 day period. Six matters were before the court. Licence endorsed with 18 penalty points (21 points in total). Client not disqualified from driving.
R v G (Sheffield Crown Court)
Instructed in this appeal against sentence case. Client previously disqualified pursuant to the 'totting up' provisions. Appeal allowed as exceptional hardship was found.
R v W (Brighton Magistrates' Court)
Instructed in this careless driving case. Client accused of accelerating out of a junction and 'veering' into the path of an oncoming car. Case reported in the national press. Legal submissions made to the prosecuting authority and case discontinued prior to trial.
Instructed by all four defendants in this three-week trial. All defendants were found 'not guilty' of causing death by dangerous driving and the alternative dangerous driving charge, but convicted of a separate dangerous driving offence. Appeared for all four appellants at the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) in the subsequent appeals against sentence. This case is a leading authority on the purposes of disqualification from driving; see Archbold 2019 at 5A-469 and 5A-477 and Wilkinson’s Road Traffic Offences at 20.19.