Ashtons launches Regulatory and Road Transport team

Posted 18/04/2017 : By: Ashtons

Ashtons Legal is delighted to announce the addition of a niche Regulatory and Road Transport team to its Business Legal Services group, having just appointed two new specialist solicitors including one of East Anglia’s Legal 500 ranked ‘leading individuals’.

Partner Tim Ridyard and solicitor Tim Norris have recently joined the firm having worked together for a number of years previously. They are specialists in providing advice to those seeking to operate HGVs, passenger vehicles (including taxis) and agricultural vehicles. They cover applications or variations of licences, advice on prosecutions by enforcement agencies such as the DVSA, HSE, Environment Agency, Border Force, HMRC, Trading Standards, Local Government or the Police. While the majority of their work is for businesses, they are also able to assist privately-paying individuals who require support in relation to motoring or other offences.

Both solicitors will be based in the heart of the region at Ashtons’ Bury St Edmunds office and will serve clients across East Anglia and beyond. Due to the nature of transport and regulatory work they will represent clients at Public Inquiries and Courts across the UK.

Ed O’Rourke, CEO of Ashtons, says: “As we strive to ensure that we can help meet all the legal needs of our commercial clients, it is important for us to seize opportunities to expand our service areas.Tim Ridyard and Tim Norris are a great addition to Ashtons and I’m delighted to welcome them on board.”

Tim Ridyard adds: “Tim Norris and I have assisted many businesses across East Anglia in recent years. The regulations governing not only road transport but all sectors are ever-changing and it is frighteningly easy for businesses inadvertently to fall foul of the law. Some business owners come to us for advice early on as to how they should proceed but more often than not our first contact from a business is when something has gone wrong and they are facing a prosecution of some sort for a breach of the regulations. We look forward to working with Ashtons’ clients in both regards.”

Pictured (l-r) are Tim Norris and Tim Ridyard.

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