Tim specialises in advising and representing businesses and individuals in regulatory matters, including regulatory criminal cases, in particular guiding them through investigations and defending any subsequent prosecution or regulatory action being taken in courts or other tribunals.
Whilst he advises clients in all industry sectors his particular niche is in the field of road transport regulatory law, assisting goods and passenger operators, not least in the area of operator licensing, drivers’ hours, construction and use, maintenance, driver conduct and compliance. He regularly represents operators and transport managers at Traffic Commissioner public inquiries as well as in the Magistrates’ Crown and Crown Court.
(The Office of the Traffic Commissioner for the East of England is located in Cambridge easily accessible from Ashtons Legal's office.)
Tim is a well-known and frequent contributor of legal updates and comment in the road transport commercial press and legal journals.
His casework includes cases such as those brought by Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), Trading Standards, Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Environment Agency, police and local government, amongst others.
Tim is able to represent clients in all criminal courts through his Higher Rights (Criminal) qualification.
He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport (CMILT).
Tim is National Rank 1 Road Transport Regulatory Lawyer: Chambers & Partners 2017 Guide.
Tim is also named as a ‘Leading Individual’ in the Legal 500 2017 and 2018.
"Thank you Tim. You’ve been a complete star start to finish, I can’t thank you enough." - Ashtons Legal client
Tim Ridyard is recognised by sources as a key adviser for companies and their employees in road regulatory matters. He is also noted for his skill handling prosecutions. Sources say: "He knows everything about this area of law and is fantastic with clients." Clients add: "His knowledge has always benefited us whenever we have had a problem - he is extremely easy to deal with and fills us with the utmost confidence." - Chambers & Partners 2017
Tim Ridyard's ‘knowledge and understanding of the sector is second to none’ - Legal 500
Tim Ridyard's ‘knowledge is tight and to the point, and his communication with clients is exceptional’. - Legal 500
Tim Ridyard of Ashtons Legal acts for clients on a broad range of road regulatory issues, including investigations and criminal prosecutions. Sources acknowledge him as "a big player in the transport world." - Chambers & Partners 2018
Tim Ridyard is ‘very knowledgeable in his field and knows everybody in the industry; information is usually at the tip of his tongue and he goes above and beyond to help'. - Legal 500