Blog Category: Road Traffic


Andrew has in-depth knowledge of road traffic law having recently been commissioned to write a book on the subject. In recent years, he has developed a niche practice representing company directors and professional footballers, to name but a few.
Road traffic law can be complicated; defences are not well publicised. In fact, failure in compliance by the prosecution to some procedures may provide a complete defence. If your license depends upon the outcome of your case, get advice.

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Drink/Drive and Guilty Knowledge

On October 11, 2017, Posted by , In Drink driving, With Comments Off on Drink/Drive and Guilty Knowledge

  It’s surprising that in legal practice, it is often the simplest of cases that presents the most interesting & complex issues.   I recently attended a drink/drive matter at Guildford Magistrates Court. As part of my preparation, I discover literature explaining that consuming Prozac and alcohol together may result…

Drink/drive; blood sample at the hospital

On October 5, 2017, Posted by , In Accidents,Drink driving, With Comments Off on Drink/drive; blood sample at the hospital

What are the rules for taking a blood sample from a badly injured suspected driver who has been taken to the hospital following a road accident?   The circumstances when a suspected driver is taken to hospital are generally when a road accident has occurred and the driver has been…

‘Laced Drinks’ Defence to Drink-Drive

On July 1, 2015, Posted by , In Drink driving, With Comments Off on ‘Laced Drinks’ Defence to Drink-Drive

Following success yesterday in a drink-driving case, where I managed to argue ‘special reasons’ and assist a client to avoid an obligatory disqualification from driving, it would be tempting to over-inflate the success in promotion of my practice.  The smart and experienced professional knows, however, that so much depends on…

Disqualified driving – ‘Totting up’

On June 24, 2015, Posted by , In Disqualification,Exceptional hardship,Totting-up, With Comments Off on Disqualified driving – ‘Totting up’

If you have been driving for under two years, and you are caught speeding, your licence will be endorsed with a minimum of three points. If this happens again, and the points add up to six, you will lose your license and have to retake your driving test to regain…

Drink Drive Law – Public Place

On June 11, 2015, Posted by , In Drink driving, With Comments Off on Drink Drive Law – Public Place

I recently appeared at Worthing Magistrates Court on behalf of a client accused of a drink/driving offence. The legal limit for driving while intoxicated through drink is 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, with a 5-point margin of error; at 40, a conviction follows. A high reading…

Drug Driving And Medical Advice

On December 4, 2014, Posted by , In Road Traffic, With Comments Off on Drug Driving And Medical Advice

Medical evidence and ‘drug driving’ under the new law coming into force in March 2015 The Drug Review of drink and drug driving law by Sir Peter North confirmed that there is a significant drug driving problem in Great Britain. Currently, police have to show that drugs have impaired a…

Drug Driving

On December 4, 2014, Posted by , In Featured,Road Traffic,Uncategorised, By , With Comments Off on Drug Driving

‘Drug Driving’ This is one of a series of blogs in relation to a statutory instrument that comes into force on 2nd March 2015, entitled Drug Driving (Specified Limits) (England and Wales) Regulations 2014. It’s a fairly innocuous sounding piece of subordinate legislation, but I am sure it is going…

Drunk Driving; New Developments

On November 11, 2014, Posted by , In Road Traffic, With Comments Off on Drunk Driving; New Developments

Driving under the influence of drugs is an offence under the Road Traffic Act, with similar penalties to drink driving. However, there are no defined limits or levels of drugs, in the same way as drink in drink driving. That is set to change soon, on 2nd March 2015, in…

Drink drive/ ‘in charge’

On August 13, 2014, Posted by , In Drink driving,Featured, By , With Comments Off on Drink drive/ ‘in charge’

There is an important distinction between excess alcohol whilst driving, and excess alcohol whilst “in charge” of a vehicle. The distinction becomes clear when looking at the sentencing guidelines. The emphasis in the guidelines when it is a case of “in charge” is on imposing penalty points rather than disqualifying….

Drink driving – sentencing guidelines

On August 8, 2014, Posted by , In Drink driving, With Comments Off on Drink driving – sentencing guidelines

When you search the Internet for legal representation, there is a natural tendency to opt for someone local, especially when you are looking for quality representation by a solicitor or barrister in and around Surrey. The Internet is crowded by portals, organised by large companies who in turn pass the…