But don’t just take our word for it. Chambers and Partners, which is the leading global legal services directory notes our Road Transport team head, Richard Wadkin, as “extraordinarily organised, unflappable, and efficient”. Our team is also recognised in The Legal 500 as a “niche road transport services team.” Just what you need to help you navigate through the often confusing regulatory requirements of the transport industry!
Our team consists of four solicitors who can advise on all aspects of risk and compliance associated with transport operations including:
- Operator licensing (for both goods and passenger vehicles)
- Representing you and your drivers before the Court or the Traffic Commissioner, and in Appeals to the Upper Tribunal Administrative Appeals Chamber (Transport Tribunal)
- Crisis response service (24/7)
- People and HR (including managing overseas drivers)
- Risk management
- Investigations (including attending interviews – under caution or otherwise)
- Commercial agreements including complex logistics agreements
All of which is capable of adding to the value of your business as well as supporting you through the regulatory and compliance process.
What we can do for you
Individuals in a wide range of roles are tasked with managing risks and protecting the reputation of their businesses. It is challenging to keep up with changes in law and regulation, and it can be equally as difficult to find time to prioritise and manage risks within your business, particularly if your business activities involve highly regulated activities such as vehicle operations.
We can deliver tailored advice and support for key people within organisations. For example:
- Vehicle operators
- Directors of vehicle operating organisations
- Transport managers
Our specialists have experience of the challenges at every level. Key to this is for us to ensure that you are aware of your own compliance requirements and, consequently, the risks to your business that these requirements can throw up. We will help you to address and manage these risks so that you become or remain compliant.
This includes supporting your team through what can sometimes seem like a constantly changing regulatory environment.
All of this is capable of adding value to your business as well as reducing or eliminating the potential cost of getting things wrong.
Getting results and staying ahead
We can’t guarantee that nothing will ever go wrong as you run your business, or that you won’t face regulatory issues or (in some cases) investigations. What we can guarantee is that we can help you to create and maintain a culture of compliance that will hugely mitigate the effects of issues that do arise, that will make your life easier, and that will add value to your business.
In order to fully support you we can also offer a crisis response service. In an emergency – such as a fatal accident resulting in a visit by the authorities to your premises to execute a search warrant – we can be on the end of the telephone 24 hours a day and ready to act at a moment’s notice. Our team will also manage things so that any adverse publicity is minimised or eradicated. In one example, we mobilised a team of experts to a client’s premises who were able to deal with the initial investigation and information gathering before the police had removed material. This is important whether or not you think you may be at fault.
You can download our Road Transport Services and our Services for Bus and Coach Operators brochures for more information. You can also read various articles published in the specialist trade media on the subject of road transport. Join our Road Transport Group on LinkedIn for advice in this area.