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Specialist Motoring Law Solicitors

We are specialist UK motoring solicitors and deal with between 4,000 & 5,000 motoring offence cases across England and Wales each year

We Answer Your UK Motoring Law Questions Free

  • Have you been accused of committing a motoring offence?

  • Or have received an NIP?

  • Court Case Looming?

  • Facing a Totting ban?

We can help, call or email us for free legal advice without obligation


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(No legal aid is available for our legal services)


  • 90% Clients (at risk) avoided discretionary driving bans!
  • 92% Driving Cases Defended at court!
  • 74% Driving Cases withdrawn without trial ! (see below for breakdown)

Our Latest Success Rates

We are open and honest about our successes and failures. We think our clients deserve to know how good we are at what we do. If you need to drive can you afford not to have Patterson Law on your side?


90% Avoided Disqualification

  • Overall success rate at avoiding guideline disqualification (by defending the allegation / achieving a reduced period of disqualification according to guidelines / arguing exceptional hardship / arguing special reasons) – 90%

92% Successfully Defended

  • Case successfully defended when advice given to plead not guilty – 92%

62% Allegations Dropped

  • Allegation dropped at the police station stage after being instructed to try and avoid proceedings altogether – 62%

95% Costs Awarded

  • Defendants costs order awarded by court when case withdrawn or defended at trial – 95%

88% New Driver Revocation Avoided

  • New drivers at risk of revocation for accumulating six points in the first two years after passing test – 88% avoided six points and therefore avoided revocation.

88% Avoided Imprisonment

  • Clients at risk of imprisonment according to guidelines – 88% avoided imprisonment

*these statistics cover cases up until 01.05.2023 See Detail Here

Our Legal Expertise

Our firm was opened in 2009 by Emma Patterson, recognised as one of the UK’s leading Road Traffic Lawyers. Emma was often referenced in the press in motoring offence related articles such as this one in the Daily Mail and was often asked to take part in media interviews.

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 courts daily, advising magistrates on every aspect of traffic and motoring law.

She presented training for Magistrates at the Judicial Studies Board and 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 dealt with several high profile cases and in doing so 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.

In 2009 Emma decided to concentrate solely on her specialism and her favourite part of law – road traffic. It was Emma’s belief that the best way to serve her clients was to specialize in motoring law rather than dabbling in many different areas. Through her years Emma provided road traffic law advice nationwide and built a team of barristers and lawyers.

She advised the Association of British Drivers as well as writing for First Car magazine offering legal advice for new drivers recently passing their driving test. Emma also contributed regularly on the Pistonheads website on the subject of traffic law, as well as contributing articles to Auto Express.


Since then our Dominic Smith has taken over as the leading Road Traffic Expert at Patterson Law. Dominic jointed the firm in 2009 and has worked entirely in Road Traffic Law, becoming one of the UK’s leading experts.

Dominic is the first choice of many of the UK’s largest firms and regularly advises companies with fleets of thousands of vehicles. Notably Dominic has represented the Nation’s largest providers of roadside recovery and was the leading lawyer in the nationally recognised case of DPP v Barreto, which led to a change in the UK legislation for driving whilst using a mobile telephone.


Dominic provides legal advice to many media companies and TV stations about motoring matters, and writes for Motoring Magazines including Private Hire and Taxi Monthly. He has represented some of the UK’s most high profile defendants including film stars, politicians, singers, international footballers and royalty,

Dominic is regularly asked to provide legal advice and commentary to national newspapers.




Since becoming the Director of Patterson law Dominic has grown his team of Road Traffic Experts to become the UK’s leading and largest specialist road traffic firm.


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Patterson Law provide the most comprehensive free road traffic offence legal advice source on the net!

We believe that every driver should be able to afford to defend themselves with the help of a motor law expert.

Whilst we are willing to provide our specialist UK driving law services at an affordable fixed rate we are not willing to compromise the standard of the service we provide!

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Read What Our Client Say About Us;

“At first I was rather sceptical about using a firm that I had never heard of and that were based many miles from me. I certainly needn’t of worried. You, personally, have a very calming nature and I found it very easy to talk to you and, in return, you made everything as clear as possible to me.” “I was concerned that I would not meet my barrister until shortly before my court appearance, but once again I need not have worried as Vanessa was very good at allaying my anxieties and was fantastic in court."


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