Your Team

We work as a team. We believe that you get a better service as a result.

Emma Patterson will oversee and supervise the running of your motoring offence case. As a team we will often get together in a meeting room and discuss open cases. We will mull over any unusual issues, new road traffic law legislation, case specifics, and discuss tactics in order to work out the best way forward to achieve the result that you need.

We recognise that every case is unique. Road traffic law is complex and cannot be dealt with by people who do not understand the law and the way that the court system works. Your case will always be dealt with by an expert lawyer who specialises in road traffic law.

Your Road Traffic Law Defence Team:

Emma Patterson – Principal Solicitor

Emma is an expert Road Traffic Defence Solicitor and one of the UK’s leading Motoring Lawyers. Emma began her career in the South West as a legal advisor to magistrates before moving on to London.

In her role as legal advisor she attended road traffic court daily, advising Magistrates on every aspect of traffic and motoring law.

Emma has presented training for magistrates at the Judicial Studies Board and has also advised magistrates with regard to statutory changes.

When Emma moved to private practice she built one of the largest general criminal departments in the South West of England. She has dealt with several high profile cases and in doing so has earned a reputation as an exceptional lawyer and excellent court room advocate.

Emma was chosen to represent clients who were facing multi-million pound money laundering charges, murder allegations (which included one of the largest in the SW) as well as representing a client during interviewing in connection with the Terrorist attack on the twin towers on September 11th.

It is Emma’s belief that the best way to serve her clients is to specialize in motoring law rather than dabbling in many different areas of the law. Emma chose to specialise in road traffic law and is regarded by her clients as their expert in the field.

Emma is tenacious in all aspects of her work. It is her aim to fight your corner to deliver the best possible outcome whilst not antagonising the Crown Prosecution Service or the Court.

Emma provides road traffic law advice nationwide and has a team of barristers and lawyers in all areas of the UK to represent you if required in your local Court. She also advises the Association of British Drivers as well as being their officially nominated spokesperson with respect to road traffic law.

Emma also writes for “First Car” magazine offering legal advice for new drivers recently passing their driving test.

Emma also contributes regularly on the Pistonheads website on the subject of traffic law, as well as contributing articles to Auto Express.

“I am absolutely delighted by the service you provided. From my first contact with you via Roadside Lawyer I have been completely satisfied with everything you have done and I will be recommending you to everyone I meet. This is one of the few occasions when I don’t have an opinion on how a service can be improved because yours is perfect.”

Graham Brown – Case Progression Officer

Graham has a Law Degree from Plymouth University. He has worked at management level for a number of years. He has exceptional excellent client care skills and is highly organised in his approach to helping the clients of Patterson Law achieve the best results in their cases.

Daniel Park – Solicitor & Senior Case Progression Officer

Dan joined the firm after completing his LPC, he has since completed his training contract to become a qualified solicitor all while working his way up the firm to become part of the management team. He has a forthright approach to his work and a dogged determination to get results for his clients. Dan has an excellent grasp of this area of law and a no-nonsense approach to his cases.

Hilary Moon – Legal Advisor

Hilary has over 15 years experience in the legal profession. Hilary moved from general crime to specialise in Road Traffic Law as she has an aptitude for this technical and often complex area of law. Hilary’s knowledge of Road Traffic Law is extensive and she has the ability to assimilate the facts and provide advice in a calm and practical way.

“Many thanks again for all your help, I’ve been really impressed with the level of service throughout. I’ll be hanging onto your contact details, just in case……”

Paula Guest – Legal Advisor & Senior Case Progression Officer

Paula is a Chartered Legal Executive having qualified as Fellow of Institute of Legal Executives in 2010. She has worked in criminal law for 11 years.  Paula specialises in criminal law and joins Patterson Law from a large South-East firm.

Paula is committed to a career in road traffic law and uses her excellent knowledge of police station procedure and regulations to her advantage when dealing with cases before summons.

Dominic Smith – Chartered Legal Executive – Senior Case Progression Officer – Critical Incidents Team

Dominic is a Chartered legal Executive, a specialist in road traffic law and Head of the Critical Incidents Team.

He has a keen legal brain and an excellent ability to expertly analyse technical areas of road traffic law. Dominic has specialist knowledge in driving with excess alcohol, drug driving and failing to provide a specimen cases. He has obtained great results in very difficult cases where it has been his client’s word against that of a police officer.

“Just wanted to thank you for your services and especially to thank you for the excellent work of Dominic Smith. He was readily available, very helpful, efficient and he has helped achieve a favourable outcome of which I wasn’t initially expecting,”

Rebecca Taylor – Case Progression Officer

Rebecca has a Bachelors degree in Law (2.1) and a Masters degree in Human Rights both from the University of Exeter. Rebecca previously worked for another national law firm where her outstanding client care skills were recognised and she won an award. Passionate about criminal law and human rights, Rebecca’s drive and organisational skills make her a valued member of the team.

Ruby Morris – Case Progression Officer

Ruby has a strong academic background having obtained a 2.1 Law Degree from Exeter University. She started her career handling a large caseload of financial claims and she quickly progressed to management level. Ruby joined Patterson Law when the opportunity arose to follow her passion for criminal law. Ruby has developed extremely good negotiation and communication skills which is an advantage to her clients when she is liaising with the Police and the CPS.

Hannah Reynolds – Case Progression Officer

Hannah Reynolds has a first class degree in Criminal Investigation BSc (Hons) and a considerable insight into Police and CPS procedure which she uses to her advantage when representing clients. Hannah joined Patterson Law after graduating from University and has become a specialist in road traffic law.

Katie Hooper – Case Progression Officer

Katie joined Patterson Law after graduating with a 2:1 Law Degree from the University of the West of England. Katie is passionate about criminal law and road traffic law. She uses her excellent knowledge of criminal law and procedure to achieve excellent results for her clients.

She is highly organised and has exceptional client care and approaches each case with determination to achieve the best result for her clients.

Rachel Ballamy – Case Progression Officer

Rachel  has always worked in a legal enviroment.  She started working with the Crown Prosecution Service in 1996, starting as a Case Progression Officer in the Magistrates’ Court department, progressing in 2006 to Crown Court Paralegal running a wide and varied caseload dealing with all aspects of crime including serious road traffic offences.

Rachel has a good knowledge and understanding of the Court processes and Crown Prosecution Service procedures and she uses this to her advantage when representing clients.

Carla Hunt – Case Progression Officer

Carla has a strong business background and before entering the legal profession she spent many years honing her communication and negotiation skills. Carla has a natural instinct for road traffic law and has excelled since joining Patterson Law. Carla works determinedly to get the best possible results for her clients.

Chris Warwick – Case Progression Officer

Chris graduated with an LLB in Law from Staffordshire University and he is a Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. Chris has an extensive Military, Transport and Engineering background, both in haulage and passenger carrying and his technical expertise makes him a huge asset to Patterson Law. Chris is passionate about Road Traffic Law and moved to the firm to enable him to devote all his time to this specialist area of law.

Felicity Mansbridge – Case Progression Officer

Felicity’s employment history has predominantly involved criminal law. She has worked for both a provincial force and the Metropolitan Police. However, she joined Patterson Law as her real passion lies in criminal defence. Felicity is able to use the knowledge she gained while working for the police to her advantage as she works relentlessly on behalf of her clients to achieve excellent results.

Jessica Dolan – Case Progression Officer

Jessica graduated from the University of Kent with a 2.1 LLB. Prior to joining Patterson Law, Jessica worked for a large national construction company, that won many large contracts. This was a hectic working environment with tight deadlines and she needed a clear head to think strategically and the ability to communicate. These skills she now uses as she works tirelessly to get the results her clients want.

Clare Hudson – Solicitor – Compliance and Client Care Manager

Clare Hudson is a qualified solicitor with over 20 years experience in private practice. Clare was a family law solicitor for 10 years and became head of a busy family law department. Subsequently she managed a high street legal practice for many years and gained considerable knowledge in amongst other things compliance, firm regulation and client care. Clare’s extensive experience in practice management makes her an important and valued member of the management team at Patterson Law.

Your Administration Team

Ann Farbrother – Legal Secretary

Ann has been part of the team for a long time! She has worked alongside Emma at both Patterson Law and Emma’s previous firm where Emma was a partner. Ann has excellent client care skills and will look after you whenever you need her help. She is renowned for her good humour and friendly manner.

Hannah Murray – Senior Legal Secretary

Jade Finnimore – Legal Secretary

Julie Hanks – Legal Secretary

Adeola Iyi-Ojo – Legal Secretary

Jessica Jane – Legal Secretary

Kat Ling – Legal Secretary

Jessica McCamley – Legal Secretary

Karen Parsons – Legal Secretary

Alicia Payne – Legal Secretary

Renee Naughton – HR Manager

Sabrina Campbell – Accounts Manager

Jonathan Penny – Accounts Assistant

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