Neil is a criminal lawyer in our Bristol office. He specialises in representing drivers involved in criminal and coronial proceedings arising from fatal and serious injury road traffic collisions. This includes representing drivers at Police Stations, Magistrates' Courts and Crown Court.
Also, Neil advises insurers on the impact of criminal proceedings on related civil proceedings.
Neil's experience includes:
R v M – successful defence of young woman on two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, alleged to have been caused by the repeated use of a mobile phone without a hands-free kit;
R v S – successful defence of a lorry driver involved in a collision with a cyclist who was already established on the roundabout. High vale civil claim due to the cyclist suffering a significant brain injury. The case depended on expert evidence in relation to tachograph and the blind spots on the lorry concerned;
R v H – successful defence of a tractor driver on one count of causing death by careless driving following a right turn across the path of a motorcyclist whom he had failed to see when the driver behind had seen him. The defence depended on expert evidence in relation to the angle of view afforded each witness plus the impact of shadows and the conspicuity of the motorcyclist;
R v J – successful defence of a pensioner charged with causing death by careless driving, following a collision with a pedestrian on a pedestrian crossing. The case involved expert evidence in relation to CCTV and the relative positions of the car and pedestrian.
Neil is well regarded by insurers and clients in relation to his handling of cases involving complex technical evidence and high value reserves.
He qualified in 2005 and joined DAC Beachcroft in 2014.