I have just been awarded the Acquisition International UK Road Transportation Law Award 2015 in recognition of this niche area that I am well known in. Do contact me by phone or email to see if I can assist you with a problem in this field. I work directly with the public and can help you.
I am often surprised and, frankly, sometimes dismayed by perfectly good arguments being rejected by magistrates who then go on to ban drivers for substantial periods of time. This demonstrates the importance of our system of appeals – just remember to lodge the appeal as soon as possible after taking good legal advice from me. In one recent case a client from Surrey who required his car for work had an unfair six month ban reduced to two months on appeal at the Crown Court. Here is a testimonial from him:
Julian has been of invaluable help in dealing with my recent case.
I have been driving for work for over 45 years without any problems but over the last 18 months accumulated 12 points – bringing me up in front of the Magistrates’ Courts as a “Totter.”
The first thing that Julian did was get my case put back a couple of months which was extremely helpful. He then worked with me to prepare my plea of “exceptional hardship” in that I absolutely needed my car five days a week for business. His extensive knowledge of the Crime and Road Traffic Law was decisive in getting what would have been a six months’ ban . I highly recommend Julian Hunt.
Mistakes and errors are made. They can be remedied. They need not be fatal.
This is a testimonial from a client in a long running case. A win is a win is a win!
Having had to employ the services of an au pair for the first time I was pretty shocked when the car I allowed her to drive acquired 3 lots of speeding fines in a 6 week period, I was not happy but dealt with the matter returning the forms with details of the au pair but as I was at the time dealing with all sorts of personal difficulties I did not deal with it in a timely manner and this had consequence.
I did not hear anything for several months but arrived home one Friday evening and found court papers in my post for what appeared to be multiple driving offences all naming myself, sick with worry I trawled the internet and found Julian Hunt a Barrister whose area of speciality is driving offences, having viewed the paperwork he informed me there was one driving offence where the police said they had not received details of the other driver potential 3 point and 3 lots of “late return of paperwork” which is I now know counted as withholding information and the potential for each one of these was 6 points all in all a potential staggering 21 points!!! On the basis I had 3 points live and 3 that had just dropped off I could have 24 points double that at which you lose your license.
Having gone through the paperwork Julian found evidence the police had received the paperwork nominating my au pair for all three offences and the first thing he was able to do was to get the one driving offence dropped – 3 points saved!
The next thing Julian was able to do having gone through all my circumstance at the time (I was living in two properties as my home had flooded) he managed to negotiate with the police to condense the 3 “late paperwork” offences down to one – 12 points saved!
We then went to court with an agreement for 6 points only but as at the time of the offence I had 6 points this still was a potential ban situation, Julian however went through with me before hand what my circumstance was, how reliant I was on my license and car for a living and for looking after my dependants and he helped me put together my defence or plea to keep my license – it was a daunting experience but briefed well and backed up by Julian I got through it and so pleased to say I was given the 6 points but the ban was waived and I am still driving.
I cannot thank or recommend Julian enough it was an awful experience and I never realised that I was putting myself at so much risk not dealing with things in a timely manner but Julian Hunt took me through it step by step and is in my view an absolute life saver!
LSQ, Company Director
I have just appeared with Boris Johnson’s Cycling Commissioner, Andrew Gilligan, and the head of a Cycling Charity to discuss Road Safety Justice and Cycling Law. You can watch the discussion here – go to 1 hour 29 minutes 26 seconds –
It is worth watching the pre-recorded video beforehand and the views of all those involved in prosecuting those who injure cyclists.
Here’s another recent testimonial from a happy road traffic client who was at risk of a six month ban:
“Finally, thanks so much for your comprehensive and excellent support throughout this case ; it was both very reassuring and always pragmatic and clear – and most important of course , we got a result !
A lovely recent testimonial:
‘By rights I should have lost my licence as I had totted 16 points on my licence, I had what I thought was a valid “exceptional hardship” argument for keeping my licence and Julian expertly guided me through what I needed to do to build my case and was a hugely reassuring presence representing me on the day. In the even the helped to convince the magistrate not to suspend my licence. He was also good company and good fun.’ DT, London
I am representing more and more individuals charged with section 172 cases. Indeed, an article was published in The Times this weekend about the police use of this section to ensure that a motorist is liable for six penalty points as opposed to three. Contact me if you have received a summons for a section 172 offence.
I have had another acquittal in a section 172 case when a client of mine was unfairly and unjustly convicted at the magistrates’ court with the case won on appeal and a costs order made. The client had a sophisticated and properly made out system for checking mail when away. Through no fault of his the system had failed. The Crown Court agreed with my submissions and acquitted him of the offence. The client avoided an unjust conviction, costs, six penalty points and a huge insurance premium hike. Ring me to see how I can assist you in cases like this. Come direct to a barrister saving fees and seeing the expert without the need for a solicitor to get involved.
My latest testimonial:
“I’m an IT Manager for a top FTSE 100 company. I drive around 30,000 miles every year and hold a clean licence. In April 2015 I found myself in a situation where I had committed a crime, which in my mind wasn’t a crime. I was arrested and charged with “drunk in charge of vehicle”. The truth is, I was in my vehicle, charging my phone, so as to make a call whilst I walked home from the location of my vehicle. I was arrested. I now was in a very difficult situation, I need to drive for my job, and I need to fight for my licence.
Julian Hunt was recommended to me as someone who would be the best to represent me in Court. I met Julian a few times before my case hearing, Julian is an exceptionally competent Barrister, goes out of his way to understand his clients, his attention to the details of the client’s offence is outstanding and his care of the client and their concerns is beyond due care and diligence.
Julian Hunt is a barrister who knows how to support his clients, he makes himself available to all his clients, you get direct contact, not through a myriad of assistants, his one to one care makes you the client feel he understands your case and his personal touch during your difficult time is exceptional.
In my case Julian worked with me and we went to court and I got acquitted of my crime. Thanks Julian”.
Many of you will have read in the papers of Ian Stephens, a motorist from Wigan, convicted of “road hogging”. His case made the world over as the first conviction for this offence (which was actually “careless driving”). I will be representing Mr Stephens on appeal to the Crown Court for this matter: