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Is It Too Late To Get A Solicitor?

Julia Coffin and Steve Williams of Forrest Williams

Julia Coffin and Steve Williams of Forrest Williams

Is It Too Late To Get A Solicitor?

 

Probably not!

 

We are used to dealing with clients who seek our advice very close to their Court date, and in particular we helped one client last week despite his last minute call to us for assistance. Charged with speeding – at nearly double the speed limit – he knew a ban was highly likely so had been doing his very best to ignore the situation.  He contacted us on Tuesday morning to ask for help – believing his case was due in Mansfield Magistrates Court on Thursday.

 

We immediately began preparing his case, working with him to build the strongest possible case we could.  A quick call to the court to check a few details brought the realisation that actually he was in court the very next day!  Understanding that the client needed to know that we had his case in hand we wanted our Senior Partner, Steve Williams to cover it, and feeling that the client would feel even more worried with the case even closer we asked the court if they would consider moving the case to the Thursday, which they agreed to do.

 

A case can be prepared in 24 hours if really necessary but 48 is always better and if you want to give us 72 or more then that can be really helpful!

 

We were able to reassure the client that we had his case in hand and that we were going to fight for him – no promises were given but he knew we would do our very best. Our client had no excuse for his speed, he was running late for work and as he worked shifts the early start meant the roads were clear so he was just sailing along making up time. He knew it was wrong, he just needed to try and limit the long term damage this could cause. It was a momentary lapse in an otherwise clean driving history. Together we compiled a portfolio of evidence to show the court the negative impact a disqualification, however short, would have on him and those around him.

 

The client had his licence endorse with 6 points – a fantastic result for a speed which suggested a disqualification of up to 56 days – especially considering the lack of mitigating factors to explain why he was doing that speed.

 

For this client a last minute call for help was a wonderful investment – his licence was safe, there was no risk to his job, or to the support he offered his parents. We were able to help him.

 

We like to think that we can help every person that contacts us. We understand that for most people this is their first time dealing with the courts, and that it can be intimidating and terrifying.

 

 

I had a wonderful conversation with a lady who rang for advice on Friday – also due in Mansfield Magistrates and absolutely petrified that she too was going to lose her licence, her job, her house. She’d been driving for 20+ years, never had an accident, never had a ticket before – charged with 36/30 and called to court. A quick review of her papers and a chat and it was clear that this was a simple misunderstanding – she’d paid the fine and returned all the necessary police forms but had got confused about what to send back and hadn’t included her driving licence – so the matter was passed to the court. I explained the process and she was in tears with relief. She didn’t need a solicitor in court with her – but she did need to talk to someone who could tell her what was going on – instead of listening to horror stories from friends or researching on the internet.

 

If you are charged with an offence give the Forrest Williams team a call on 01623 600645. It’s never too late to ask for advice – even if you’ve just been convicted and want to know if you can appeal – we will promise to answer your questions open and honestly.

 

6 Reasons To Instruct A Specialist Motoring Lawyer

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If you are considering using the services of a specialist motoring lawyer, you may wonder that the main benefits are to you.

 

Here are some of the reasons our clients gave after their cases had ended that instructing Forrest Williams to manage their motoring case had been worthwhile:

 

01: Obtained a positive outcome at Court.

 

This is the most common benefit that people expect a specialist motoring solicitor to get for them.  Whether that is being found not guilty at trial, conducting a successful Special Reasons argument, successfully making an Exceptional Hardship application, or minimising the penalty when you plead guilty.

 

It’s what we do, day in and day out.  We know what to say in Court and what not to say.  We know how to craft a case around your offence and come away with the best result for you.  We know the case law, the precedents and the loop holes.

 

In this case, you are investing in our specialist knowledge.  Some firms will charge you by the hour, or the phone call or letter, and then add VAT and disbursements onto their bill.  We agree a specific fixed fee at the beginning of your case and confirm this in writing so there is never any doubt how much you have to pay.

 

02: Supported me through a difficult process.

 

Perhaps surprisingly, this is the second most mentioned benefit that our clients cite after their case has ended.

 

For the majority of our clients, they have never been to Court before and have had no prior involvement with the legal system.  It is a scary time, and often occurs because of other difficulties the person is experiencing.

 

If you are not represented for your motoring case, you will go through this process alone.

 

Instructing us means that you know you have experts working tirelessly on your behalf.  We answer your calls and eMails and give you unlimited support.  We assign a specialist barrister to be at Court with you to support you and speak on your behalf.  And we conduct all of the liaison with the prosecution service and Court on your behalf; no more stressful correspondence with them yourself.

 

03: Made me aware of a defence.

 

Many clients call us simply to get initial advice, having no idea about whether specialist things like procedures and processes have been followed correctly.  It’s always delightful to speak to a new caller for just a few minutes and discover that they have a defence.

 

Some firms tell every caller that they have a defence and should plead not guilty.  Forrest Williams prefer to only say this when it’s the truth.

 

04: I got my money back.

 

If you instruct a specialist motoring firm and are found not guilty, or conduct a successful Appeal, you will be given a portion of your legal fees back from a central fund.

 

Some firms of solicitors will charge you for their work to submit this refund application.  Forrest Williams don’t.  We feel it kind of goes against the idea of you getting your money back if you have to pay more to do it 😉

 

05: An honest, decent company.

 

Forrest Williams pride ourselves on honesty at all times.  All new callers are given free, honest advice about their case and if your best option is to accept the Fixed Penalty, we’ll tell you that.

 

Thankfully, this comes across, as many clients comment on this specifically before, during and after our conduct of their case.

 

06: Excellent barristers.

 

Forrest Williams are the only motoring law firm to openly declare our loyalty to two specific barristers’ Chambers.  We work with these Chambers day in, day out.  The barristers here are used on our cases because of their expertise, their experience and their client care.

 

We know these barristers incredibly well – often seeing them socially and conferring with them about cases.  This allows us to ensure that your barrister is the best advocate to represent you in Court.

 

Our clients often specifically comment on how impressed they are with their barrister.

 

INITIAL ADVICE IS ALWAYS FREE:
01623 600645

 

Here are some comments received from clients.

 

All comments are anonymous simply to protect the clients’ identities.

 

“I have now been able to return to my profession as a HGV lorry driver which prior to having contact with you personally seemed a highly unlikely possibility.  Again, I cannot thank you all enough and would not hesitate to recommend your services in the future.”

 

“I am very satisfied with the person who represented me at the Court hearing and felt that they were very professional and went about their duty to the highest standard indeed.  I felt very comfortable with them prior to the hearing.”

 

“Your customer care goes beyond all expectations.  Never once have I been made to feel a nuisance, you have always spoken to me with kindness, understanding reassurance.”

 

“Absolutely superb.  Tracy was a tower of strength and was professional, reassuring and extremely competent.  I have nothing but praise for this woman.”

 

“Thank you and your team so much, it’s unbelievable, I’ve got my life back.”

 

“Extremely satisfied.  Previous to speaking to Steve at Forrest Williams, I had spoken to a local solicitor for a 10 minute consultation which cost me £40 and left me in floods of tears.  I searched online and found Forrest Williams, who immediately put me at ease and gave me more free advice over the phone than my previous solicitor had given for £40.”

 

 

INITIAL ADVICE IS ALWAYS FREE:
01623 600645

 

 

Should You Trust a Legal Aid Motoring Solicitor With Your case?

NO!

 

Here’s why…..

 

They aren’t experts but they can pay £159 to go on a 6 hour course that promises……

 

“This course is designed to get you up and running. We take you through the basics of the key offences and expose the so called ‘tricks of the trade’ that celebrity lawyers claim that only they know! By the end of the day you will leave confident of being able to market yourself as a road traffic expert. It’s only law – and we will show you how.”

 

There you go, 6 hour course and you can ‘market’ yourself as an expert.

 

Do you really want to take that chance or would you rather come to a real expert with years of experience, hundreds of cases and yes some ‘tricks of the trade’ that others don’t know!

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