Backhouse Jones Ltd

Transport Department

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What the team is known for Market-leading practice with specialist expertise across the full spectrum of road regulatory matters, including representing operators in public inquiries and prosecutions. Acts for commercial and passenger clients. Represents a range of high-profile transport providers, including bus operators and logistics companies. Frequently appears on behalf of operators in the magistrates' court and Crown Court proceedings.

Strengths An impressed client says:"They are very knowledgeable and very good at understanding our business, as well as our requirements and demands."

Market sources say: "They are commercially minded: rather than pursuing a legal point for the sake of it, they apply it to the circumstances. They're tenacious and very grounded."

Notable practitioners

Andrew Woolfall routinely appears in the magistrates' and Crown courts in relation to road regulatory matters, in addition to handling public inquiries and inquests for clients. Commentators say: "He is always fantastically well prepared and considers various angles."

James Backhouse is an expert in road regulatory law and routinely acts for operators on licensing matters. He is highly adept at handling appeals to the Upper Tribunal, as well as public inquiries concerning various significant issues. "His knowledge of the law and his preparation for cases is exceptional," remark impressed market sources.

John Heaton is an experienced and well-known lawyer in the road transport sector, with particular expertise in relation to regulatory work, especially public inquiries. Clients comment: "John is cerebral, has a thoughtful approach and is very knowledgeable."

Jonathon Backhouse has extensive experience in the road transport industry, acting in public inquiries concerning a multitude of issues, as well as in transport-related court cases. A client highlights his "excellent technical knowledge and good customer service" as particular strengths.

Laura Hadzik is an associate with considerable experience representing operators at public inquiries before the Traffic Commissioners. Sources say: "She has strong client skills and is clearly a very knowledgeable and talented lawyer."

Mark Davies leads the firm's regulatory department and routinely represents clients before the magistrates' court and Crown Court in relation to various road offences, including causing death by careless and dangerous driving and tachograph falsification. Clients say: "He has a calming, pragmatic and commercial approach. Mark is a great advocate and his technical brilliance is obvious."

Scott Bell is a well-known associate in the road transport sector, noted for advising on public inquiry matters. Interviewees say: "Nothing is too much trouble for him and his decisive and informed approach is helpful."