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The Patterson Law 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 and Head of the Legal Advice Team

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.

Specialist in Motoring law

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.”

Dominic Smith – Director – Senior Case Progression Officer

Dominic is a Chartered legal Executive, a specialist in road traffic law and the Head of the Road Traffic Department.

He joined Patterson Law in 2009 and has become one of the UK’s leading Road Traffic Lawyers. 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.

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.

“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.”

Hilary Moon – Senior Legal Advisor

Hilary has a Law Degree from the Open University where she achieved a 2:1 as well as over 18 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. She has been with Patterson Law since 2011 and is an asset to the industry.

“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 Hadleigh – Senior Legal Advisor

Paula is a qualified Chartered Legal Executive and has been with Patterson Law since 2011.

Paula’s background is in criminal law, she worked for a large South East firm and she has considerable knowledge and experience to enable her to deal with the more serious offences.

Paula uses her extensive road traffic knowledge to advise on all motoring matters, including an extensive knowledge and practice of DVLA medical revocations.  She has a calm methodical approach and will give you honest advice on your prospects of success and likely outcome of your case.

Hannah Penny – Senior Legal Advisor

Hannah joined Patterson Law after graduating from University with a first-class degree in Criminal Investigation BSc (Hons) and has become a specialist in road traffic law. She has a Diploma in Law and Practice and is an Associate of CILEx.

Hannah has a considerable insight into Police and Crown Prosecution Service procedure, which she has used to her advantage when representing clients, especially when trying to persuade them to withdraw before a trial hearing. She is highly organised and has exceptional client care and approaches each case with determination to achieve the best result.

Hannah has extensive experience in road traffic law and has progressed through the firm from managing a caseload to now offering comprehensive legal advice to prospective clients. Hannah will often consider solutions that many other lawyers may not think about. She has a good all-round knowledge of the court process from start to finish and can apply her specialist knowledge to any road traffic scenario.

Ellen Finch – Legal Advisor

Ellen had a keen interest in criminal law when she joined Patterson Law and her ability to absorb knowledge meant she became a highly regarded member of the Case Progression Team very quickly. She also has impeccable attention to detail and is very thorough in her work.

Ellen has a good understanding of law and procedure and moved to become a Legal Advisor. She has a calm approach and has considerable empathy which helps her to provide initial advice in a sensitive way at what can very often be a very distressing time.

Graham Brown – Senior Case Progression Officer

Graham has a law degree from Plymouth University.  He has worked exclusively in road traffic law since joining Patterson Law in 2012.  Prior to this he worked at management level for a number of years in the retail industry.  His file management skills have seen him obtain fantastic results in respect of disclosure failings by the Crown Prosecution Service.

He has extensive experience in a range of motoring offences and excels at driving in excess of the alcohol and drug limits and failing to provide driver information cases.  He has exceptional client care skills and is highly organised in his approach to helping the clients of Patterson Law achieve the best results in their cases.

Ruby Morris – Senior Case Progression Officer / Legal Advisor

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 Crown Prosecution Service.

Ruby has extensive experience in Road Traffic Law, after having handled hundreds of cases within this area.  Her speciality is within Section 172 (failing to provide driver information).  She is an expert in Road Traffic Law after handling a huge quantity of cases.

Katie Rushton – Senior Case Progression Officer

Katie joined Patterson Law after graduating with a 2:1 Law Degree from the University of the West of England.   She has worked exclusively in road traffic since joining Patterson Law in 2015 and has a passionate interest in criminal law and uses her determination and extensive knowledge of criminal law and procedure to the advantage of her clients by achieving excellent results.

Throughout her time at Patterson Law, Katie has developed a particular interest in taxi licence cases and has developed this area of road traffic into her specialism as well as leading and managing her own team within the firm.  Katie is highly organised and with her exceptional client care she is able to achieve the best results for her clients.

Rebecca Taylor – Senior 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.

During her time at Patterson Law Rebecca has completed the academic part of her training and is now a Chartered Legal Executive. Rebecca has extensive knowledge in all areas of road traffic law and has developed a specialism in DVLA medical revocations.

Rebecca has developed an extensive knowledge of DVLA medical revocations and oversees this department within the firm. She has assisted many clients in obtaining their licences back following medical revocation on all types of conditions both through direct liaison with the DVLA and through Magistrates Court appeals.

Rebecca’s drive and organisational skills make her a valued member of the team.

Rachel Saunders – Senior Case Progression Officer

Rachel has always worked in a legal environment.  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 a 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.

Jason Rosser – Senior Case Progression Officer

Jason has an extensive background in management and customer service, who has a great passion for criminal law defence. Jason believes in providing excellent client care. He aims to ensure his clients are comfortable with proceedings and have a stress-free experience. His excellent organisational and communication skills set a strong platform for achieving the best results.

Jessica Dolan – Senior 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.

Kris Nickels – Senior Case Progression Officer

Kris is a qualified Solicitor, having successfully completed the necessary professional qualification after obtaining a Bachelors degree (with Honours) in Law studied through the Open University and a Masters degree in Law (With Commendation) from the University of Law Bristol. Kris previously worked as a contracts manager in the construction industry, where he gained very strong client care and negotiation skills.

Kris also worked in the motor industry for many years, which gives him an added insight when helping clients with their road traffic matters. Kris is a Solicitor who has a passion for criminal law, which combined with his in-depth knowledge helps him to get the best results for his clients.

Mia Ashton – Case Progression Officer

Mia is a keen Case Progression Officer who has developed her passion for criminal law through her studies in Criminology and Sociology.

Mia has an extensive background working in the public sector, which has allowed her to perfect her client care skills, which she prioritises with her clients.  Mia has a no-nonsense approach when speaking with the Crown Prosecution Service to obtain initial disclosure and evidence that is late being served.

Jonathan Guscott – Case Progression Officer

Jonathan has a very high standard of client care having spent years working in the motor industry and prioritising the customer service experience.  He also has a strong passion for everything on two wheels.  Jonathan returned to study as a mature student, completing his Law degree at the University of Northampton in two years, rather than the usual three.

He gained a 2:1 degree and is in the closing stages of completing a Master’s degree in Business Management and Legal Practice.  Jonathan has a strong interest in Criminal law, taking all the available Criminal law electives during his studies and he works hard to achieve the very best results for his clients.

Ryan Butler – Case Progression Officer

Ryan is self-motivated and driven. His working life did not start out in law, but he could not deny his burning passion to study law and work in a criminal practice and he made that happen.

Ryan prides himself on his attention to detail and his resilient working attitude, he will stop at nothing to get his clients the best result he can.

Thomas Glover – Case Progression Officer

Thomas attended the Russell Group University of Liverpool where he studied Law with Philosophy and achieved a high 2:1. Whilst at university Thomas was the Student Ambassador for Liverpool’s Citizen Advice Bureau and worked with clients handling a caseload for over two years. He also attended benefit tribunals acting as a McKenzie friend. He then went on to complete his Masters in Law and the Bar Professional Training Course at the University of Law in Leeds.

Thomas came to Patterson Law for work experience in the first instance whilst still a student. His talents were immediately obvious, and he was asked to work during his holidays from University and it was a natural progression for him to become a permanent member of the team. Thomas has a natural empathy and a keen eye for detail and this combination makes him a truly valued member of the team.

Jacob Stroud – Case Progression Officer

Jacob attended Plymouth University and achieved a 2:1 in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies with Law. He then completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and achieved the highest grade out of everybody on his course. Jacob is known for his great attention to detail and his exceptional organisational skills.

Jacob is a member of our DVLA medical revocations team and is able to utilise this skill set to assist clients in obtaining their licences back, following medical revocation and excel in more general road traffic, both very technical and complex areas of law and policy.

Lucy Kilpatrick – Case Progression Officer

Lucy has always had a keen interest in Law and the study of English Literature and Language. She has studied both the written and spoken word which has provided her with the tools to use language, in a persuasive manner, when acting for her clients.

Lucy started in the firm as a case worker and has spent her time here working her way up through the company. She is a driven individual which reflects when she is advocating for her clients.

Lucy has completed work placements in legal environments which included shadowing criminal Solicitors and Barristers in Court, providing her with a good knowledge of the court systems at both Magistrates and Crown Court levels.

Karl Rookes – Case Progression Officer

Karl’s early career was in hospitality and sales. Karl was awarded the John Lewis people’s choice award for outstanding service to customers. The experience he has gained working with members of the public has proved invaluable as he has transitioned into the legal sector, as he places a high value on communication and client care and believes it is equally as important as his technical legal knowledge.

Karl’s easy manner and positive approach is very popular with clients and he has sound knowledge of the law in respect of the cases he handles.

Sophie Hornsby-Ruddenham – Case Progression Officer

Sophie has had a passion for law since a very young age.  She previously studied Politics with International Relations for 3 years and then Criminology with Psychology with the Open University.  These subjects have provided her with many transferable skills that she utilises as she forges her career in law. Sophie is naturally empathetic, and she has extremely high standards, particularly when it comes to client care.

Abigail Day – Case Progression Officer

Abi has a strong academic background, achieving a 2:1 honours degree in Law at the University of Reading, where she was also crowned champion of the Osborne Clarke Mooting Competition, involving numerous mock Court trials.  Her passion for law continues as she is now studying for a Masters in law which includes both the Legal Practice Course and Business Practice.

Abi has gained her excellent client care skills from her extensive experience in customer service and the legal sector.  She started with Patterson Law as a case worker and has progressed to her current position due to her drive and strong ethics to ensure the law is administered in a fair and consistent way, putting her clients at the heart of her work.

Maggie Czapiewska – Case Progression Officer

Maggie initially embarked on her career in law at a large national firm which practices across a broad spectrum of sectors. Maggie’s work focused on maintaining strong relations between the firm and its client base, consisting predominantly of businesses and corporations.

Maggie made the decision to join Patterson Law as she felt very strongly that she wanted to make a difference to the lives of individual clients, at a firm that specialises in one area of law. This transition was seamless, and Maggie focuses all of her passion together with previously obtained experience to deliver a fantastic service to her clients and she obtains great results.

Shane Moore – Case Progression Officer

Shane developed a firm interest in criminal law after studying business and law at the University of the West of England.  Shane worked a variety of jobs before changing career including barman, decorator, stonemason and as a labourer and this life experience makes him a really rounded member of the team.

Shane has also been self-employed and he understands the importance of client care and organisation.  Shane rapidly progressed within Patterson Law as a result of his sheer grit, initiative and determination.

Ibrahim Apalara – Case Progression Officer

Ibrahim is a law graduate with extensive experience in Criminal Litigation. He also has a Level 7 Diploma in Paralegal Practice from the National Association of Licenced Paralegals UK and a masters Law Degree from London Metropolitan University.  Ibrahim has always worked within the legal environment.

He had worked in a Law Firm in another common law jurisdiction, before joining Patterson Law as a Case Progression Officer.  He has a calm and caring approach when advising his clients and is always keen to progress every one of his cases to a logical conclusion.

He has an in-depth knowledge of how the Police, Crown Prosecution Service, Magistrates and Crown Courts operate and he uses this to his clients’ advantage.  Ibrahim is fearless when trying to get good results for his clients.

Ashleigh Hannon – Case Progression Officer

Ashleigh’s working background stems from customer service, financial claims and administration which has taught her a variety of transferable skills which she uses every day here at Patterson Law. Ashleigh’s background is part of the reason that she feels very strongly about client care. She ensures her client’s experience as little stress possible and are always kept updated in the progression of their case.

Ashleigh has a quiet determination when speaking with the Crown Prosecution Service and other organisations that helps her fight her client’s cases. Ashleigh started life at Patterson Law working alongside one of our most senior Case Progression Officers dealing with cases involving very serious offences, her potential shone and her expertise grew and she now runs a caseload of her with skill and works tirelessly on her client’s behalf.

Karen Parsons – Legal Advisor

Karen is by her own admission a bit of a petrol head. Having spent her early career in a general criminal law firm, she then trained as a driving instructor and came to Patterson Law with unique experience of motoring from the road to the office.

Karen has eight years of experience with the firm in a variety of roles having started as a secretary and moving on to legal advice support. Her passion for knowledge and previous customer facing experience has afforded her the opportunity to progress seamlessly into her current role as a legal advisor.

Karen has outstanding client care skills, is calm and empathetic earning her regular positive feedback and making her a valued member of the team.

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

Cally Williams -Accounts Manager

Max Taylor -Accounts Assistant

Jessica Jane – Case Worker

Brooke Payne – Support Worker

Jessie Harvey – Support Worker

Kameron Bailey – Support Worker

Courtenay Burnay – Support Worker

Jade Hopkins – Support Worker

Frankie Lawrence – Support Worker

Chloe Arnold – Support Worker

Jasmin Arthurs – Support Worker

Vicky Shepheard – Support Worker

Nathan Blake – Support Worker

Daniel Pritchard – PA to Paula Hadleigh

Simon Wade – PA to Hannah Reynolds

Stephanie Steele – PA to Hilary Moon and Ellen Finch

Julie Wall – Legal Secretary

Rosemary Matthews – Legal Secretary

Helen Wilkinson – Office Manager

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  • Avatar S K ★★★★★ a week ago
    Absolutely fantastic legal advice given by Dominic Smith. So grateful to have had a conversation with him. I'd give … More him 10 stars for the expert legal advice, going through in detail about previous precedents/case laws. What an amazing person, Patterson Law you're lucky to have him.
  • Avatar Helen Baker ★★★★★ a month ago
    Patterson Law, well what can you say! Absolutely amazing company! Very professional from start to finish, having never dealt … More with a traffic offence before we turn to this amazing company. From day one right up until the end of the case the communication, professionalism, honesty and everything in between was just outstanding. From almost loosing my license, to keeping my license clean with no points. Absolutely amazing company Sophie and Jade were absolutely amazing to work with and can not thank them enough for all they done. 100% RECOMMEND!!!!

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