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6 Reasons To Instruct A Specialist Motoring Lawyer



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.


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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.”



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The Role of a Motoring Lawyer

I’m often asked about the details of my work; defending motorists around the country.

People are curious – do I lie to get them off?  Do I believe their versions of events?  Do I really make a difference for them?

I believe that my answer to these questions is one of the reasons why Motoring Lawyers Online has quickly grown into a large, successful company with happy clients and valued staff.

I see my role and the role of my team very clearly:

We are the people who will be on your side.

Even for cases where a client wants to plead not guilty and all of the evidence looks to be against them, my role is definite.

Firstly, I have to use my legal knowledge to be realistic with them.  I have to inform them if their case doesn’t appear to be strong (this is why my firm don’t just advise every caller to plead not guilty and run an expensive trial – as we know some firms do), and I have to make them aware of the possible consequences for being found guilty at trial.

But, after all this, I have to tell them the most important thing:

“Only you know the truth.  If you tell me you are not guilty, I believe you, and me and my team will defend you to the best of our ability.”

When I say this, I mean it.

And that’s my role.

Other people might be able to learn the law, but I know for a fact nobody cares about a client’s case as much as we do.


Steve Williams

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