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Monthly Archives: April 2016

Proceedings brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 following conviction for possession of a controlled drug.

Proceedings withdrawn after we served a skeleton argument outlining the disparity between the basis upon which the case was prosecuted and the basis of the Proceeds of Crime action. Proceeds of Crime matters withdrawn against our client.

Monthly Archives: April 2016

We represented a young man charged with assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty.

It was immediately obvious to us that the police officer had been well outside of his lawful powers when detaining our client in the street and holding him in the police car prior to arresting him. Our client was advised to plead not guilty on this basis and the case was listed for a trial. The court ordered written legal arguments before the trial and the CPS discontinued the case on receipt of our legal argument pointing out that it was the police officer who had acted unlawfully, not our client.

Monthly Archives: April 2016

Private Hire taxi drivers who pick up passengers without a pre-booking are prosecuted for illegally Plying for Hire. Hackney Taxi drivers are also prosecuted for Plying for Hire if they pick up passengers out of their licensed area.

In both cases, drivers are also routinely prosecuted for using the vehicle without insurance. Whether they are guilty of this or not depends on the terms of their insurance policy.

We see a large number of these cases, usually as a result of the local Taxi Licencing authorities and police undertaking undercover operations. We have had considerable success in getting these cases dropped after having obtained proof from the insurance companies that the use was covered under the policy. This is particularly for Hackney Carriage drivers who pick up out of their licenced area.

For a taxi driver, it is very important that they are not convicted of the insurance offence as this carries 6-8 penalty points or an immediate disqualification from driving.

If you’re a taxi driver who has been caught by an undercover operation or are being prosecuted call us straight away to discuss your case. We will give free initial advice.

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