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 911 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 hard out of a junction and 'veering' into the path of an oncoming car. Case reported in the national press. Case discontinued prior to trial.

 

R v D (Chester Crown Court)

Instructed in this appeal against conviction case. Client previously represented himself and had been found guilty of failing to give driver details. Appeal allowed.

 

R v A (Uxbridge Magistrates Court)

Instructed in this speeding case. Client was accused of driving at 113 mph in his Ferrari California. Case defended on the basis that proceedings were not instituted properly by the Metropolitan Police using the Single Justice Procedure. Case discontinued prior to trial.

 

R v J (Nottingham Crown Court)

Instructed in this appeal against sentence case. In the lower court, the appellant had unsuccessfully argued against a ‘totting up’ disqualification. Appeal allowed on an ‘exceptional hardship’ basis where new circumstances were found to exist in this second application within three years.

 

R v Backhouse & others (York Crown Court & Court of Appeal)

 

Instructed by all four defendants in a three-week trial at York Crown Court. 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 count. 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"; see Needham & others [2016] EWCA Crim 455 at para 17.