Number of directors: 6
Assistant solicitors: 19
Other fee earners: 6
With a heritage stretching back to 1819, the award-winning Backhouse Jones is the leading firm of solicitors which, since the introduction of the first Road Traffic Act in 1930, has built an unrivalled reputation representing the commercial road and passenger transport industries.
Principal Areas of Work
Industry specific and UK-wide advice and representation in relation to public inquiries (and appeals), criminal matters (ranging from allegations of fraud and causing death by dangerous driving to speeding and overloading prosecutions), HSE and Environment Agency prosecutions, illegal immigration Border Force matters and matters concerning the carriage of animals, operatorlicensing, construction and use, dangerous goods or loads, tachograph offences, police and DVSA investigations, road regulatory compliance and best practice.
The firm also provides the full suite of commercial dispute resolution services and solutions in addition to industry specific litigation. Examples include vehicle seizure and disputes with HMRC, concessionary reimbursement to bus operators, breach of contract, fitness for purpose, intellectual property, public procurement, business disputes, clandestine entrants, follow on damage claims, debt recovery, disputed debts, discrimination, general insurance litigation and operator disputes with insurers.
It also advises on employment matters (tribunal representation, employee management, outsourcing and TUPE, contracts, policies and procedures and GDPR), property transactions (acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant issues, property finance and investment and property development), commercial contracts (all types of commercial agreements and GDPR matters), corporate matters (mergers and acquisitions, investments and funding matters, shareholder arrangements, reorganisations and start-ups), issues concerning BREXIT and competition and regulation issues.
The firm has an in-house notary public who provides assistance with the authentication and certification of signatures, authority and capacity relating to documents for use abroad and to give documents a legal status.
It also provides industry specific training and compliance reviews to the HGV and PCV sectors and other businesses with transport at their heart.