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PAUL ATKINSON Associate

PAUL ATKINSON

Paul is an Associate Solicitor and qualified in 1993. He is an experienced advocate and for over 20 years has specialised in road transport and motoring law.

He represents operators before the Traffic Commissioner at Public Inquiries dealing with anything from tachograph to maintenance issues, new applications and change of ownership. He also regularly appears in the Magistrates’ Court representing drivers and operators charged with overloading, insecure load, dangerous use, operator licensing and tachographs. In more serious cases specialist counsel and experts who Paul has vetted will be instructed. Paul writes Transport Newsletter updates and is pleased to sit on the Freight Transport Association regional Council meetings.

He also advises in contract disputes with particular reference to sale of heavy goods vehicles where defects occur after sale. Paul will also assist clients with recovery of unpaid debts, often negotiating settlement without the need to start court proceedings.

Paul also has a niche practice defending private motorists charged with speeding, due care, dangerous driving and who are at risk of losing their licence through totting or disqualification.

He is also a senior litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and after many years recovering compensation for injured clients, now specialises only in serious personal injury claims.

Recent Cases:

• Successfully rejecting and recovering the purchase prices of a defective HGV tipper, a Neoplan coach and a Ferrari with additional compensation for other losses.
• Representing 14 lorry drivers charged with various falsification offences resulting in low fines and no additional penalty
• Advising a lorry driver to deny a dangerous driving charge resulting in an alternative charge of due care with no loss of licence.
• Acting for a lorry driver who sadly killed two motorists in a collision with only 6 points endorsed and no disqualification.
• Numerous exceptional hardship arguments with all motorists left on over 12 points but still driving.
• Successfully defending a lorry driver charged with driving without due care with 4 prosecution witnesses all giving evidence against him
• Various drivers summonses withdrawn, amended to a lesser charge or no charge brought after interview.

Paul receives instructions from repeat clients and recommendations from other lawyers and previous clients. Court work can be covered throughout the UK.

paul.atkinson@otbeveling.com