Criminal Motor Defence
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Criminal Motor Defence

Who are we?

Our market leading criminal motor defence team is made up of specialist lawyers, geographically spread across the UK. We deal with the highest volume of fatal driving cases nationwide of any firm, and are the go to team for insurers, brokers, and corporate clients.

Our dedicated 24 hour service provides drivers with access to early advice from a specialist lawyer immediately after a collision.

Our service includes:
  • A dedicated 24/7 helpline connecting your drivers with a specialist lawyer for advice as soon as a collision occurs.
  • Attendance at police station interviews and early dialogue with the police to advise the driver from the moment the collision occurs.
  • Pragmatic advice as to the charges faced, ramifications of those charges, and advice/representation in the event of being charged

How can we help you?

Each member of our team understands the anxieties that drivers experience when they are unexpectedly implicated in a criminal investigation following a fatal or serious injury road traffic collision.

We have truly national coverage with teams based in the North, the Midlands, Wales, the South East, and the South West of England. We also have a team in Scotland which enables us to offer a true cross jurisdictional service

Our lawyers are specialist criminal lawyers with years of experience in the criminal justice system. The advice is tailored to the individual in every case.

Having our criminal motor defence lawyers work in conjunction with our catastrophic injury team avoids the unnecessary duplication of costs and ensures that issues of civil and criminal liability are suitably aligned.

Our early involvement ensures access to critical information which is otherwise unavailable until the conclusion of any criminal investigation and subsequent proceedings allowing for an early and credible assessment of civil liability by our specialist catastrophic injury lawyers. In cases where primary liability may be difficult to dispute, early access to information enables issues pertaining to contributory negligence to be identified, which could significantly reduce the value of any claim.

Experience you can rely on:
  • Defending a LGV driver who collided with a cyclist who was diagnosed as a quadriplegic. The LGV driver was charged with careless driving. Expert evidence obtained by us during the proceedings ascertained that the speed of both the LGV and cyclist were such that the cyclist was hidden in the blind spot behind our offside mirror throughout. The LGV driver was subsequently found not guilty of careless driving
  • Defending a van driver who collided with a pedestrian The pedestrian died as a result of the collision. Advice and representation to the defendant at the police station, including identifying issues in relation to the accident, led to the police taking no further action against the defendant.

We also have a dedicated Police Misconduct Defence Team. Click here to read more about this team.

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Charlotte Le Maire is ranked in Chambers and Partners and is "recommended for her expertise in regulatory matters and motoring offences." Clients say she "does a sterling job" and is "highly competent and easy to deal with."

"The support we get from DACB has now become an integral part of our internal process for dealing with major road incidents. They take the time to understand our business and the way we work, which has resulted in them providing a first class service each and every time we have called for their help.”
SHEQ Director of large haulage company

"Can I just say thank you for everything that you've done. I don't think I could have had a more kind and superb solicitor represent me."
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Our Lawyers - Ash Sharma

Ash Sharma

Associate Birmingham

Ash is a criminal law specialist who is based in our Birmingham office…

Our Lawyers - Colin Bissett

Colin Bissett

Partner Glasgow

Colin Bissett has an extensive background in litigation having begun his…

Our Lawyers - Karen Railton

Karen Railton

Associate Glasgow

Karen Railton is Head of the Motor Prosecutions Team in Scotland…

Our Lawyers - Michael McCabe
Our Lawyers - Leah Hester

Leah Hester

Paralegal Leeds

Leah is a paralegal within the Motor Prosecution team in the North of…

Our Lawyers - Rachel Stone

Rachel Stone

Solicitor Birmingham

Rachel qualified as a solicitor in 1996, joining DAC Beachcroft in…

Our Lawyers - John Dance

John Dance

Associate London - Walbrook

John leads the London contingent of DAC Beachcroft’s criminal motor…

Our Lawyers - Shireen Prewett

Shireen Prewett

Paralegal Bristol

Shireen is a paralegal within the Criminal Motor Defence team in the South…

Our Lawyers - Catherine Chung

Catherine Chung

Senior Solicitor Glasgow

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