russell-burtomn-WEB-IMAGE-without-sigWe are in February already, where did January go? I wonder how many readers managed to keep to their New Year Resolutions? The goals I set for myself were twofold; complete Dry January (no alcohol) and lose a stone in weight. Thankfully I succeeded in both, the latter much to do with the former I would have thought! So no pint of beer for me during the interval when I went to watch The Forge Singers performing a really splendid adaption of The Wizard of Oz at the WI Hall. Congratulations to all involved.

Rather than concentrate on my usual areas of divorce and matrimonial finance and contact and residence of children, I thought I would focus this edition on motoring offences, which is one of those subjects that affects many drivers but isn’t spoken about much. If, like me, you’ve been caught out by speed cameras for exceeding the limit by just a small amount, whilst we want to kick ourselves for our mistake, the punishment is fairly moderate.

However, for some motoring offences the punishment can be severe, which is why getting expert legal advice and representation at an early stage is crucial. This is where I can help. For the benefit of readers not familiar with my column, I am not a lawyer and cannot give legal advice. I am a freelance Barristers’ Clerk and facilitator bringing down the cost of legal advice and representation by cutting solicitors out of the supply chain and arranging for people to go direct to the highly expert and cost-effective services of Barristers.

Whether you have been charged with an alcohol related offence, failure to provide a specimen, speeding, careless or dangerous driving, or any other motoring offence, I can arrange for you to be advised and/or represented in court by a Barrister. Specialist legal advice and skilled representation could mean the difference between losing or keeping your license or significantly reducing the period of disqualification itself. If the charge is really serious, you could end up in prison. Give yourself the best chance – get advice from a Barrister… contact me.

Barristers are specialist legal advisers and court room advocates. They are self-employed independent lawyers, trained to advise clients’ on the strengths and weaknesses of their case. You may not think you have a defence but consideration of all the facts by a Barrister who specialises in this area of law may lead him to the conclusion that you have a genuine defence. A well-argued case and good cross-examination can make a huge difference to the final outcome. Surprising as it may sound, Barristers cost less overall than solicitors. You are paying for the Barrister’s time and expertise not the cost of running a solicitor’s office.

Let’s face it, if you were in court accused of an offence and your livelihood was at stake, who would you rather have in your corner, a solicitor, or a Barrister skilled in the art of advocacy and making persuasive legal arguments?

Many solicitors charge by the hour which can soon add up. I work only with senior Barristers and the motoring work is charged entirely on a “fixed fee” basis. So whether you require advice on the merits of your defence or representation in court, you will know in advance what the fee will be.

Contact me in confidence on 01732 866 562.

Remember, speaking to me costs nothing but I could end up saving you thousands!

by: Russell Burton-Lawrence, The Barrister Broker

Featured in: Issue 75 – March/April 2015