Simpson Millar Launches Driving Offences Unit with New Partner
National Law firm Simpson Millar LLP is launching a new motor offences practice
aimed at helping scores of drivers around the UK who face penalties and sanction every year by the Courts.
More than 800 000 cases were brought before magistrates in 2012 and with average fines rising by 46% since 2002 , the unit will deliver expert driver defence services under the leadership of expert solicitor Julie Robertson.
Julie joins Simpson Millar LLP from Manchester having spent the past 11 years building a successful reputation in what is a highly specialised area at firms including Pannone and Bootes.
“Thousands of us face penalties, fines, bans or even custodial sentences for driving offences and very often face the Courts without representation,” says Julie. “This creates a very unfair system in which largely honest drivers are frequently picked up for simple errors such as ‘Failure to identify the driver’ after being caught on a speed camera. As a result, thousands of people pick up penalty points and face considerable fines by missing this request when they receive a notice of intended prosecution through the post. Typically the problems can escalate from there and without legal advice, drivers can easily make a misjudgement about what to do next.”
Peter Watson, Managing Partner at Simpson Millar LLP, says the new practice will fill a niche but growing area for the law firm’s Road Traffic Accidents department, which is based in Manchester. “We’re delighted to have someone of Julie’s capabilities on board here at Simpson Millar LLP. We obviously represent motorists already in the area of personal injury claims, but the problems people face when responding to the courts in relation to traffic offences can be considerable so the creation of our driving offences unit will help bridge that gap.”