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Specialist Motoring Law Solicitors

We are specialist UK motoring lawyers and deal with between 5,000 & 6,000 motoring offence cases across England and Wales each year

Coronavirus and Patterson Law

For the last 11 years we have been representing our clients across England and Wales and we believe we are the biggest specialists in road traffic offence law in the UK. Throughout that period we have worked remotely from our clients and never need to have face to face meetings. Therefore it is business as usual at Patterson Law. If you have a problem in relation to a road traffic offence then please contact us urgently.

We appreciate that at this very difficult time, your car / vehicle is a means of getting out and about / doing your job if you are a delivery driver, whilst keeping within a bubble of protection, hopefully virus free. Right now public transport is not a sensible option. We anticipate that you will need your car more than ever to get provisions and to see elderly relatives / vulnerable people who are also in social isolation. Clearly you cannot do this if you are not in the social isolation yourselves.

The crown court / magistrates court / crown prosecution service / police have indicated that it is business as usual. The criminal justice system needs to keep running to maintain good behaviour amongst drivers at this difficult time. There may be some delay in your case being processed at court, but please do not live under the misapprehension that things will simply be dropped. Dropping cases would result in anarchy on the roads, which is the last thing the police and the government needs to be dealing with right now. The rule of law will continue.

If you need us we are here for you.

General Criminal Law

During this time we will also be able to help with any criminal offence allegations in addition to road traffic offence law.

We do not normally dilute our business by dealing with anything other than road traffic offence law, however we have the expertise to deal with general criminal allegations such as assault / theft / public disorder / breaching restrictions on movement imposed by the police etc. We are here and able to provide you with equality of arms if you need us.

More information about the Coronavirus Act 2020 and your legal rights is here

Please bear in mind that we do not deal with any legal aid work. We charge private fees for our services but we try to make sure that our fees are affordable and proportionate whilst enabling us to give enough time to maintaining our excellent standards and providing you with the support that you need in these uncertain times.

We cover the whole of England and Wales and will continue to do so. Because we are deemed to be key workers helping to maintain the quality of arms in the criminal justice system we do not envisage that our offices will be shut down at any time.


(No legal aid is available for our legal services)

  • 92.92% Clients (at risk) avoided discretionary driving bans!
  • 93.56% Driving Cases Defended at court!
  • 80.6% 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?

  • 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) – 92.92%
  • Case successfully defended when advice given to plead not guilty – 93.56% ( 75.27% withdrawn prior to trial by Crown Prosecution Service)
  • Exceptional hardship found when at risk of six months totting ban – 83.86%
  • Allegation dropped at the police station stage after being instructed to try and avoid proceedings altogether – 80.9%
  • Defendants costs order awarded by court when case withdrawn or defended at trial – 99.94%
  • New drivers at risk of revocation for accumulating six points in the first two years after passing test – 90.59% avoided six points and therefore avoided revocation.
  • New drivers at risk of revocation for accumulating six points in the first two years after passing test – 90.59% avoided six points and therefore avoided revocation.
  • Clients at risk of discretionary disqualification, for example because of high speed – 95.63% avoided by getting penalty points instead.
  • Clients at risk of imprisonment according to guidelines – 90.16% avoided imprisonment

*these statistics cover cases up until 30.11.2017

Our Legal Expertise

We don’t want your money unless we can genuinely help! Every case is initially assessed by Emma Patterson, our Primary Motoring Solicitor and legal spokesperson to the Association of British Drivers.

We are often referenced in the press in motoring offence related articles such as this one in the Daily Mail

Additionally Emma is often asked to take part in media interviews such as this recent BBC Radio interview with Mark Forrest discussing some of the more frequently misunderstood motoring laws and offences:

“Firstly, can I thank you and Emma for your time and help today. I called several legal firms … and to say that you stood out from the crowd is such a massive understatement. Right from my first call in you all acted so different to everyone else.”

Patterson Law Can Help You;

  • Avoid a 6 month ‘totting ban‘ for accumulating 12 points in any three year period

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Patterson Law unfortunately don’t offer services in Scotland. For Scottish driving offences, please visit http://www.theroadtrafficlawyer.com/.

A Driving Licence Protection Service for Everyone

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!


Read What Our Clients 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. The case was adjourned for a week – for very clever legal reasons that were far beyond me!”

“Overall service from everyone was simply fantastic. Everyone I spoke to worked extremely professionally and diligently in overturning my driving conviction. I would recommend you to all my friends and colleagues.”

“Thank you so much Emma. The answer put my husband’s mind at rest. He now feels he can get a job without worrying too much about his driving licence. I am so glad to have found this service and hope to use it a lot more in the future.”

“Bless you and your firm – you are a credit to the industry and a blessing to those in distress – I can guarantee you I will refer anyone who is need of help in your firm’s direction.”

Read all our Testimonials here

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Patterson Law Limited is a law firm authorised and regulated by the Solicitor Regulatory Authority

Registration number: 537662. Limited Company: 7188461

Director and Principal Solicitor – Emma Patterson

About Us – See here for details about our law firm.