Highway code changes in 2022 - think about a dash cam

Changes in the highway code - Why now might be a good time to fit cameras to your car, if you don’t have them already.

The start of 2022 saw some significant changes in the highway code, in particular how priority to road users is assigned. However, over the years there have been numerous scams that have befallen motorists. Criminals get more brazen in their methods to extort, steal or defraud the average motorist every year. What starts out as a simple run to the shops or a drive out with the family for some, turns into anything but what they expected. Could these changes present new opportunities for criminals?

Cash for crash and roadside scams have evolved

When there was a surge in ‘cash for crash’ scams, whereby a vehicle infant of you deliberately hits the brakes to cause you to crash into them and then make claims against you, automobile associations, the police and insurance companies recommended the installation of dash cams. These can provide valuable evidence in the event of an ‘accident’ like this.

Since then, these scams have become more elaborate and can be difficult to spot. Also, a host of new tactics are being applied by criminals to entrap motorists going about their business, including flagging down motorists pretending to have broken down and then claiming they have no money.

Video evidence, essential to proving your story and acting as a deterrent.

Most dash cams on the market today will be able to record many of these incidents and make a wise addition to your family car or work vehicle. They also act as a deterrent too, as it’s likely a scammer will first check you out before trying their luck. Rather like a burglar spotting an alarm system and deciding to move on to a house without one, a clearly visible dash cam can have a similar impact on a road scammer or even thief.

Changes to the Highway Code

However, there’s now another reason for fitting these devices if you haven’t been tempted so far, and this is to do with the changes to the Highway Code recently announced by the Government and that came into force on January 29th 2022.

Why the concern for motorists? Simply because the burden on them has just increased yet again. The changes made in January provide a clear view of road user priorities based on vulnerability i.e. in the event of an accident the road users most likely to be injured. These include: pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and motorcyclists. The changes do make it clear that all parties have a responsibility for due care and attention – a pedestrian stepping into the road or cyclist ignoring a pedestrian crossing the road.

This of course all makes perfect sense and should already be common sense. There are some more subtle changes to the code that may catch many motorists unaware. The main one being the need to give-away to a pedestrian crossing the road at a junction.

In the past as you drove along and looked to turn left into a side road, if there were pedestrians waiting to cross – perhaps at a dropped curb that facilitated disabled users the ability to cross, most would ignore them and continue to turn. The new changes now require you to stop and give way, allowing the pedestrians to cross.

Similarly, where cyclists are concerned, a motorist should wait for cyclists on the inside of them to pass before turning.

Concern has already been raised by some organisations and motorist action groups, over the potential for the new rules to increase road accidents.

New rules, new distractions

Driving in most cities and major towns already requires a driver to have ‘eyes in the back of their heads’. Ever watchful, drivers have to take care when turning left so as not to cut across a cyclist or motor cyclist. Other road users suddenly stop or turn out of congested junctions. Similarly, in busy areas, pedestrians regularly walk across a street between traffic, without using pedestrian crossings and motorcyclists tend to weave through busy traffic moving slowly or at a standstill. Meanwhile the erstwhile driver still has to watch out for traffic light changes, pedestrian crossings, road signage, the yellow congestion boxes, cycle lanes and speed limits.

While some action groups may be concerned over accidents caused by drivers forgetting to give way and pedestrians assuming they will, more may be concerned by those caused by motorists following a turning driver and suddenly finding the road blocked because the car in front hasn’t yet turned because they are giving way.

Criminal exploitation potential

There’s huge potential for the new rules to be exploited by scammers. For instance, simply by turning and stopping and causing the following vehicle to collide with them, the would-be scammer can easily claim that he was giving way to what they thought was a pedestrian wanting to cross, who may have miraculously disappeared. Indeed, scammers may even use a pedestrian as part of their plot.

Cyclists now have a clear priority over the vehicles, although they themselves have to take express care around pedestrians and other vulnerable road users, such as horse riders. Cyclists have been advised to adopt a number of practices to help them appear more visible to other road users, including using the middle of the road in some circumstances, and continuing to allow them to cycle two abreast to help protection. Some incidents have been reported whereby cyclists have flouted this guideline by deliberately riding in a manner so as to cause frustration for following motorists. This type of behaviour can easily lead to angry confrontations, all of which is difficult to prove unless you have video evidence.

If you don’t have a dash cam, you might like to think again.

Dash cameras are not the answer to all these problems, but they can help when situations turn ugly or you need help backing up your side of events. Consider those systems that also include a rear facing camera too. Using these you can track a potential scammer close in on you, pass you and stop needlessly. The same is true for having to give way to a pedestrian while turning and ending up with a vehicle colliding with the rear of your vehicle.

Let’s also not forget that currently it is estimated that there are over one million uninsured vehicles on the road today. A good rear view dash cam system can easily capture the face of the driver colliding with you, if they decide to drive off, as so often happens.

The new highway code changes may put a priority on certain road users to make them safer, but they also increase the due care and attention burden on the motorist and the opportunity for scammers to target them. Think about protecting yourself first.

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Protect yourself from scams

Protect yourself from scams

How do you avoid getting scammed? Would you be able to spot a fraudster? Do you know the difference between a fraud and a scam?

Being part of the community for nearly 50 years, Foys really don’t like hearings tories of our clients or the members of the lcoal community getting ripped off through the multitude of scams pervasive in soicately and online today. So we thought we’d like to share a basic guide into how to spot a scam and the things that should raise red flags and help you identify whether or not you are dealing with a scammer.

Banks and other financial institutions see a scam as the customer being duped into allowing authorised transactions to take place. They might have been fooled into handing over access information or believe that they are making moving money for legitimate reasons. However the police view fraud and scams as the same thing. And it can happen to anyone.

How many scams happen a year?

3.7 million instances of fraud were reported in the year up to March 2020. A figure that is consistent with the previous year. Bank and credit card fraud along with consumer and retail fraud accounted for the vast majority of these.

Fraud and scams also increased during lockdown with a rise of 33%. So it’s time that you began to protect yourself by understanding the different types of scam and how they work.

How can you identify a scammer?

Scammers want to get at your money and everything they do is aimed at making this happen. Ideally, they require you to help them out by giving them money directly but they are also after personal details or information. Technology and the rise of online banking have been a mixed blessing. On the one hand, you are less likely to keep money in the house as you can use cash points and make online payments. On the other hand, the scammer looks to exploit these things. Online shopping, social media and email have opened new ways for old frauds to be worked and you need to stay alert.

You probably know about phishing; that is attempts to dupe you into giving away vital information via email. But did you know about vishing and smishing? These are much the same thing but using a phone call or a text message to achieve the fraudster’s hoped-for outcome.

Scams include a mix of the following key features:

  • A sense of urgency. You need to take action immediately whether you think you’re helping the police with an investigation or being offered an investment opportunity.
  • Handing over of personal details. With these it’s possible to steal your identity.
  • A source you think you can trust. The phone call or email comes from a person or organisation you would usually trust like your bank or the police.
  • Providing access either by providing information or by making transactions yourself.
  • Offering something that sounds like an amazing opportunity – one you wouldn’t want to miss out on.

Different types of scams

Scammers are after two things; information and money. Ideally, they want you to hand over your funds to them so be aware of the ways they try to do this.

Counterfeit goods

The easiest way to part you from your money is to sell you something. But the designer goods being sold at the car boot sale will turn out to be not quite the quality or brand you took them for. Or they may be sold on online. Although the major auction sites such as eBay don’t allow fake goods to be listed this doesn’t stop it happening and spotting a fraud is more difficult online. It’s easy to get sucked in if you think that you’re getting a bargain.

Avoid being scammed by not rushing into making a purchase. Examine the product carefully and check the labels. Look at the packaging. Would a high-end item really be sold in a plastic bag?

If you’re buying online check reviews for the seller before making a decision. Online shopping became more popular during lockdown. And North Yorkshire Police have reported a rise in auction site frauds during the same period. Scammers will go where they can make money.

Always ask yourself it’s too much of a bargain? If the price is truly astoundingly low then, unless you know the trader to be reputable, walk away. And don’t forget to raise your concerns with your local Trading Standards team. While some fake goods are just a rip-off others which don’t comply with health and safety standards are actually dangerous.

A royal request

The email or letter comes out of the blue. You’ve never heard of the sender who might be a prince, a grieving widow or a religious leader but they sound feasible. And they have a lot of money that they need you to help them move out of their country. If you help them out you’ll have done a good deed for a stranger and you’ll get some of the money. It sounds great until they ask for funds from you to pay transaction fees, administrative costs or similar.

In most cases, the poor grammar and spelling plus the too-good-to-true offer will alert you to this fraud.

Money Mule

Jobs can be hard to come by and this one sounded like a great way to make some money. Your employee transfers money to you and you send it on to someone else after taking a cut. You won’t be told that it’s money laundering, although it does seem a bit odd that you receive the funds in the form of vouchers.

Always be wary when anyone even a friend asks you to move money through your account. Being involved in money laundering has serious consequences. Likewise, payment that comes in an odd form is a flag that this isn’t legitimate.

Romance scams

You’ve met your perfect match online. They got in touch with you, are really good looking and are so interested in every detail of your life. Then they ask if they can borrow some money. The reason sounds legitimate; it might even be to cover travel costs for coming to meet you.

It’s a scam. Even if you don’t give them the funds they request they can use the personal details you’ve shared to try and steal your identity. Don’t be swept off your feet without arranging a video call. Inevitably they’ll find an excuse not to because they look nothing like their photo.

Is that website legit?

Buying fake goods isn’t the only scam waiting to catch you out online. You also need to watch out for spoofing. This is where a website appears to at a different address to the one it is actually at. So you’ll think that you’re visiting the legitimate site when you’re actually at one created by scammers.  If you go ahead and log in or place an order then the scammers have you.

Avoid getting scammed by checking the site carefully. Does the website address seem a bit odd, maybe with just a reference to the brand in question? Are there lots of spelling and grammatical errors? If so, warning bells should be ringing. Check carefully for reviews before you consider buying from such a site. At best you’ll be unlikely to see your money again.

Investment scams

It’s a great opportunity for investment. But actually you’ve not had any previous contact with the company and they seem in a bit of a rush to get you signed up. Before you get carried away with the amazing returns on offer go the FCA website. They have a handy tool to check investment opportunities and avoid getting ripped off.

Clicking links

Stealing access details means that scammers can try and access your accounts. Getting you to click on a link is one of the ways they try to do this. The link may have come via an email asking you to log in to your account to deal with some issue. It might even claim that your account has been locked because of fraudulent activity! Alternatively, you may have been asked to click on a link in a social media post or to upgrade an app.

Clicking on the link could either allow malware to be downloaded or take you to a fake website. The malware will give the scammer access to your device while the fake website will harvest your login detail if you enter them.

Think before you click. Particularly if the link is in an email or text message. Access the site independently, check there are no issues with your account, change your passwords and report it.

Steps you can take as an individual to stay safe

You can’t know every scam but you can apply some basic rules to keep yourself and your money safe.

  • Be suspicious is it seems too good an offer
  • Be wary of clicking on links even it if the source seems reliable
  • Treat poor spelling and grammar on website as a warning sign
  • Don’t send money to people you don’t know – even if you’ve been ‘online friends’ for ages
  • Step back and do some research before parting with your money

Being scammed can happen to anyone. Scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated so it’s easy to get caught out. If it happens to you make sure that you report it and help to protect others.

This post is not legal advice and should not replace professional advice tailored to your specific circumstances. It is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues. Also, please note that although we may use the word solicitor, your case could be carried out by a legal advisor, legal executive or paralegal depending on the nature of the case.

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Cycling on the right side of the law

Cycling on the right side of the law

Interest in cycling has grown during recent months if sales of bicycles are anything to go by. 13 million of us bought a bike during lockdown. There’s also government support for travelling on 2 wheels to reduce pressures on public transport and encourage healthier, greener habits.

For getting around using a bicycle offers a range of benefits not found elsewhere. It’s much cheaper than owning and driving a car. There’s no fuel to buy (although you might work up a bit of an appetite). Maintenance work on your ‘vehicle’ can be done at home with a small range of tools. And you can enjoy having your own wheels as soon as you can balance on them.

Compared to driving a car on the roads cycling seems so much less fuss for a little more leg work. It might seem that the only legal issue you need worry about is protecting yourself from personal injury. But hold on. Before you rush to the nearest bike shop take some time to familiarise yourself with your rights and responsibilities.

Getting started with cycling

There’s no requirement to have a licence for a pedal-powered bicycle. Nor do you need to register your two-wheeled carriage. So no requirement for the expense of lessons, tests and tax.

That said an understanding of the Highway Code is going to be extremely useful. Bear in mind though that the Highway Code is not a statement of law. It is composed of legal requirements, mandatory rules and useful advice. You can tell which is which as the clue is in the language. Find the word ‘must’ and you’re looking at a legal requirement. However, this doesn’t mean that you can just ignore the rest. Pay attention to the ‘should’ and ‘do’ items as failure to comply with these could still be used in legal proceedings.

If you’re cycling for the first time or it’s been awhile then consider voluntary Bikeability cycle training. Running at 3 levels it offers an opportunity to develop your cycling skills and learn how to cycle on today’s roads.

Is it legal to cycle on the pavement?

Every road user in the UK needs to drive or ride on the left. If you’re lucky there will be a cycle lane although two-wheelers are not legally obliged to use it. However, you are obliged to obey red stoplights.

Driving is one of the more hazardous activities undertaken by the population and a wobbly cyclist going slowly up a hill does not induce confidence. Cycling on the roads can feel extremely uncomfortable for both parties.

You might have considered the pavement as a safer alternative. This avoids the cars but potentially incurs the wrath of the pedestrians. But The Highway Code states that you MUST NOT cycle on the pavement. This is based on the wording of The Highways Act 1835 which prohibits ‘carriages’ from using “any footpath or causeway by the side of any road made or set apart for the use or accommodation of foot passengers”.

The only exception to this rule is cycle tracks. These come in 2 forms. The segregated type have separate lanes for cyclists and pedestrians. With these, you need to stay in your lane. The other type has everyone sharing the same space. So, yes, you’re on essentially on the pavement away from the cars. Take it slow in this shared space and show pedestrians the same courtesy you’d like drivers to show you.

The rules are around pavement cycling apply to all ages. Children under 10 years of age might get away with as criminal liability does not apply to them.

For the rest of us, there are fixed penalty notices. The Minister for Cycling in 2014 urged police officers to use their discretion over such things. Fear of traffic and cycling on the road is not uncommon. However, it’s probably best to use the road if at all possible. Join the cars and put that Bikeability confidence to good use.

And on the subject of road use, it’s legal for cyclists to ride side-by-side. But do remember that unless you’re on a tandem or have a baby carrier or similar added a two-wheeled carriage should only be used by a single person. So you can’t give your mate a lift.

What about bicycle maintenance?

Brakes top the list here. You must have a front and rear brake which works efficiently. The law doesn’t define what efficient means in this context but do you really want to have a brake that isn’t reliable?

Next up is lights. Bikes only require two lights and you only need to use them from half an hour before sunset and the same post sunrise. During those times you’ll need a white light facing forward and a red light facing back. If you’ve added a saddle bag or any other accessories ensure that they are not obstructing your lights.

Flashing lights are ok but make sure they comply with the legally required minimum number of flashes per minute.

You can add other lights to your bike if you feel so inclined but for obvious reasons, white lights facing back and red lights facing forward are not permitted.

While you don’t have to use lights during the daytime it would be sensible to use them if cycling in conditions with reduced visibility such as fog or mist.

Don’t forget the need for a rear reflector and four amber pedal reflectors. Although it fills much of the same requirement the law does not allow wearing ankle reflectors or similar as an alternative to pedal reflectors.

Cars legally require a working horn. Bicycles don’t have to have a bell but just like a horn they work in a useful ‘be aware of my presence’ manner.

Should you wear a bike helmet?

Amazingly cyclists in the UK are not required to wear a helmet. But as with so many cycling-related things common sense suggests that it’s a good idea.  As is reflective or hi-vis clothing.

Can cyclists speed?

There’s no legal speed limit for bikes but cycling in a dangerous or careless manner is not permitted. You can be fined and the test for these offences replicates that for careless driving; it questions whether there was reasonable consideration for other road users. ‘Dangerous’ refers specifically to incidents where injury to a person or damage to property takes place. If you’re a ‘dangerous’ cyclist it’s probably time to talk to one of our solicitors with expertise in this area..

Can you cycle after drinking?

In a similar manner, there is no legal limit on the amount of alcohol you can consume before cycling. But cycling while under the influence is not advisable and you need to be in control of your bicycle.  And just because points cannot be added to your driving licence for cycling offences that doesn’t prevent you from being disqualified under the power of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 as being unsuitable for driving. Basically don’t cycle home if you’ve been out for a few pints.

Tips for getting started in cycling

Stay both safe and legal on your bike by doing the following:

  • Read and apply The Highway Code
  • Take a Bikeability course and improve road cycling confidence
  • Check your brakes
  • Ensure you are using lights and reflectors
  • Buy and wear a helmet
  • Cycle in a careful manner on roads and cycle tracks
  • When cycling apply your common sense as well as following the law

Stay safe but if there is a time when your bike adventures don’t go as planned – from experiencing road rage to accidents – our experienced team of solicitors is here to support you. If you are involved in a cycling incident then talk to Foys Solicitors with our expertise on personal injury and motoring offences.

Get in touch using our online form – or call your local Foys Solicitors office:

  • Doncaster – 01302 327 136
  • Retford – 01777 703 100
  • Worksop – 01909 500 511
  • Clowne – 01246 810 050
  • Rotherham – 01709 375 561
  • Sheffield (Waterthorpe) – 0114 251 1702
  • Sheffield (Chapeltown) – 0114 246 7609

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Crime and motoring offence solicitors

Crime and motoring offence solicitors

With the assistance of our criminal law experts and solicitors, you can come to us for reliable legal advice and support regarding crime and motoring offences.

We understand how overwhelming and distressing it can be to deal with a crime or motoring offence. Our team of criminal law experts is here to help you through your unique circumstances. We’ve updated our Crime & Motoring Offences page so you can learn more about how we will help you.

On this page, we explain the areas of crime and motoring offences where Foys Solicitors can assist, including but limited to:

  • Theft, burglary, robbery (dishonesty)
  • Public Order Offences (drunk and disorderly, affray, harassment, etc.)
  • Fraud, deception (dishonesty)
  • Benefit fraud
  • Assault, GBH, ABH, Wounding
  • Murder, attempted murder and manslaughter
  • Sexual offences
  • Drugs offences
  • Perverting the Course of Justice / Perjury / wasting police time, etc

We also provide general information about:

  • Your rights on arrest
  • Police stop and question/search rights
  • What to expect when charged or bailed
  • Legal aid and funding a defence case
  • Court representation
  • Appeals

Get in touch with Foys Solicitors for crime and motoring offence advice

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Drug-driving laws

Drug-driving laws

On 2 March 2015, a new drug driving law came into force in England and Wales, making it illegal to drive when over a particular limit for controlled drugs, illegal drugs or even on certain medications.

To enact this legislation, police officers can perform tests at the roadside to determine if any drugs are present in a person’s system, and may follow this up by performing a forensic analysis of blood samples (taken at a police station) to establish the exact drug, and its quantity, in the bloodstream.

Offenders under this law will face a minimum 12-month driving ban, an unlimited fine, up to six months’ imprisonment and have a criminal record. If you have been charged with drug driving offences under Section 4 and Section 5A of the Road Traffic Act 1988, contact one of our motoring offence solicitors on our 24-hour helpline 07980 288 920 immediately to ensure you get the appropriate legal advice and representation.

Affected drugs and their limits

A total of eight generally prescribed and eight illegal drugs were listed with the introduction of regulations on 2 March 2015, with regulations on amphetamine arriving on 14 April 2015. Each drug has a specified limit. If a driver is found to be driving while over the specified limit for one of the listed drugs, then they face being arrested and charged under Section 4 and Section 5A of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

The eight illegal drugs where there is a ‘zero tolerance approach’ with limits in microgrammes per litre of blood (µg/L) are:

  • Benzoylecgonine: 50µg/L
  • Cannabis (or Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol): 2µg/L
  • Cocaine: 10µg/L
  • Heroin (or 6-monoacetylmorphine): 5µg/L
  • Ketamine (known as ‘K’ or ‘Special K’): 20µg/L
  • LSD (or Lysergic acid diethylamide): 1µg/L
  • MDMA (or Methylenedioxymethamphetamine): 10µg/L
  • Methylamphetamine (known as ‘Crystal Meth’ or ‘Ice’): 10µg/L

The eight medicinal drugs where there is a ‘risk-based approach’, with limits in microgrammes per litre of blood (µg/L), include:

  • Clonazepam: 50µg/L
  • Diazepam: 550µg/L
  • Flunitrazepam: 300µg/L
  • Lorazepam: 100µg/L
  • Methadone: 500µg/L
  • Morphine: 80µg/L
  • Oxazepam: 300µg/L
  • Temazepam: 1,000µg/L

There is a separate approach to amphetamine, due to it being found in a number of medicines, and the limit in microgrammes per litre of blood is 250µg/L.

Driving under the influence of drugs can be dangerous as they can affect your mind and body in many ways for hours or even days after taking them. A drug-driving offender may hallucinate, seem confused, become aggressive, and exhibit other symptoms that affect their driving ability. With the introduction of the drug driving law, police in England and Wales now use ‘drugalysers’ to check for cannabis and cocaine by using a simple mouth swab.

Defending drug driving charges

There is a defence for someone over the legal limit but who has been taking drugs in accordance with a medical or dental direction and whose driving has not been impaired as a result. The key is to talk to our motoring offence solicitors and get the appropriate legal advice as soon as it happens.

Drug driving and your career

A conviction on drug driving normally leads to a driving ban, a fine, up to six months’ imprisonment and a criminal record. As a result, you are likely to see an increase in your insurance costs and possibly a termination from your employer if driving is part of your job or if you need to drive to work.

However, if driving isn’t part of your job and your company doesn’t have a policy relating to drug driving, then your employer is not likely to let you go.

Get drug driving advice from Foys

Our motoring offence solicitors are specialists in drug driving. To find out how we can help you, fill out our Online Form – or call your local Foys Solicitors office:

  • Doncaster – 01302 327 136
  • Retford – 01777 703 100
  • Worksop – 01909 500 511
  • Clowne – 01246 810 050
  • Rotherham – 01709 375 561
  • Sheffield (Waterthorpe) – 0114 251 1702
  • Sheffield (Chapeltown) – 0114 246 7609

This article was first published on 01/04/2015 and updated on 09/01/2019.

This post is not legal advice and should not replace professional advice tailored to your specific circumstances. It is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.

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What to do when you’ve been injured by an uninsured driver

What to do when you’ve been injured by an uninsured driver

For many people who have been in a collision, they simply swap license plate numbers and leave it to the insurance companies to deal with. However, there are times when it isn’t that simple.

The person may have been severely injured, and when it comes to dealing with it, they find out the bad news – they don’t have insurance.

It may seem like a dead end, but there are things you can do at this point. In this article, the motoring offences team at Foys help you to understand what you can do next.

Check your contract

Before you begin any kind of process against an uninsured driver, you should always check your contract first. Depending on your insurer, you may have one of a few types of protection:

  • Protected no claims bonus – when hit by an uninsured driver, you are often forced to claim on your own insurance, which instantly ruins your no claims benefits. Some companies will preserve your bonus if the other driver is uninsured, though they may still raise your premium when the time comes to renew it.
  • Waived excess – if you have comprehensive insurance, you will have to claim on your own policy, which is understandably frustrating. Many insurers recognise this and will waive your claim excess, so it doesn’t cost you money to make a claim.

Bear in mind that even with these types of protection, the companies will still deduct the no claims bonus and ask you to pay the excess while the claim is being decided, returning both if it is ruled in your favour.

Not all companies offer this protection, and many tend to offer variations or combinations of them, so it’s always worth checking beforehand to make sure you take advantage of any protection you may already have.

The Motor Insurer’s Bureau

The Motor Insurer’s Bureau (MIB) is an independent organisation that aims to compensate people who have been hit by uninsured or untraceable drivers. The MIB has an uninsured drivers’ agreement and untraced drivers’ agreement for each of the countries it operates within. The countries are as follows:

  • England, Scotland, Wales
  • Northern Ireland
  • Gibraltar
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Guernsey

The MIB can only assist those without comprehensive insurance, and the conditions under which they can help vary between the countries they operate within. In addition, these claims can take anywhere from three months to a year to be completed depending on the complexity of the case. Consider asking our personal injury solicitors for legal advice throughout the process as these cases are very often preceded by injury from the accident

Get help from Foys – personal injury and motoring offence solicitors

At Foys, our personal law team has expertise in many fields of law, from motoring accidents to personal injury, and we can help you pursue potential options if an uninsured driver has hit you.

To find out more, get in touch using our Online Form – or call your local Foys Solicitors office:

  • Doncaster – 01302 327 136
  • Retford – 01777 703 100
  • Worksop – 01909 500 511
  • Clowne – 01246 810 050
  • Rotherham – 01709 375 561
  • Sheffield (Waterthorpe) – 0114 251 1702
  • Sheffield (Chapeltown) – 0114 246 7609

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Stuck with a motoring offence? Foys Solicitors can help!

Stuck with a motoring offence? Foys Solicitors can help!

Facing a criminal investigation for a motoring offence is scary and it can feel like the world is crashing down around you. While you may want to put your head in the sand and hope everything goes away, the reality is that taking initiative and speaking to a solicitor you can trust is the best way of handling the situation.

Regardless of your motoring offence, getting the right advice and support from a solicitor trained to deal with such matters can make all the difference, and will go some way to reassure you that even though you’re facing prosecution, it’s not the end of the world and something can be done about it.

Foys Solicitors: The experts you’re looking for

Whatever your motoring offence, it’s important to know that Foys Solicitors will be there for you in your time of need. We have had many experiences in dealing with motoring offences, including:

  • Drink driving offences
  • Dangerous and careless driving
  • Speeding
  • Fatal accidents
  • Failure to provide specimens for analysis
  • Penalty points and totting disqualification
  • Revocation of driving licence
  • Avoiding disqualification
  • Disqualification appeals

When you get in touch with us for legal advice, we will make sure that you are well prepared for any interaction you may have with the police or in court. You can trust us to work hard on finding a solution to your case and we will always be there to answer any questions you may have throughout the process.

In fact, we offer a free initial consultation where you can sit with us and discuss your situation in more detail. During this consultation, we will assist you in better understanding the legal process, and outline what your next steps should be. Our aim is to put your mind at ease and to help you realise that you don’t have to deal with your motoring offence alone.

Trust us with your case today

Our years of experience mean that we’re the best solicitors to handle your motoring offence case. You can feel confident that we’re prepared to fight in your corner and that we’ll stay with you, every step of the way, to ensure that you get the best possible result.

To find out more about how our solicitors can help you with your motoring offence case, get in touch with us today by calling your local Foys Solicitors office:

  • Doncaster – 01302 327 136
  • Retford – 01777 703 100
  • Worksop – 01909 500 511
  • Clowne – 01246 810 050
  • Rotherham – 01709 375 561
  • Sheffield (Waterthorpe) – 0114 251 1702
  • Sheffield (Chapeltown) – 0114 246 7609

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Law relating to “joint enterprise” murder convictions has been wrongly interpreted for 30 years

Law relating to “joint enterprise” murder convictions has been wrongly interpreted for 30 years

A recent Court decision from the UK`s highest Court, may lead to a number of people appealing their murder convictions. The decision states that the law relating to murder under “joint enterprise” has been wrongly interpreted for 30 years.

Dale Harris, Criminal Partner at Foys Solicitors says:-

“This judgment is a very welcome development even though, for some, it has come 30 years too late.  The misinterpretation of the principle of joint enterprise has facilitated “easy” convictions for the most serious of offences on the weakest of evidence.  

In some of these cases, right thinking members of the public, knowing the facts, would not believe our justice system would have countenanced convicting people on the basis of the actions and intentions of others.  Anyone convicted solely on the basis of joint enterprise must surely be anxious as to the safety of their conviction.”

 If you or anyone you know would like advice on criminal appeals or accusations, please contact our criminal law team.

 For more details on the decision please click here to view the article


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