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Driving Offence Representation is Now Possible From Barristers in England and Wales


In driving offence cases it has long been the case that individuals and companies have either sought representation and advice from solicitors or, alternatively, have been disuaded by the legal fees and represented themselves.  The latter is often a poor decision in particular in 12 points type cases where a driving ban is inevitable unless a court can be persuaded that there is ’exceptional hardship’.

Well now there is a third way: the Bar Standards Board announced relatively recently that barristers could represent clients directly without the need to go to a traffic solicitor first. This is important because the client would often go to a solicitor who would then instruct a barrister to attend the final hearing.  Under this new regime this is not necessary and neither, therefore, is there any need to pay for two lawyers when only one is needed - namely the one who has been trained to represent clients in court.

Driving offences cases, including drink driving, are complex and difficult. Accordingly, full representation is always advisable. In our view, this third option offers the paradoxical opportunity to access top legal expertise at a lower or at least comparable price.


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