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Could Mr Loophole help lawyers increase successful traffic fine appeals?

Posted by: Laurence Simons 04/10/14

No driver likes getting caught breaking the law, be it for encroaching in a bus lane, parking on a double yellow line or speeding. For some, however, there may be a grim acceptance that it's a 'fair cop' and they will pay up whatever fine is sent their way.

Not everyone feels that way, however - with some being willing to call in the lawyers to try to get off a penalty that could do more than hit them in the pocket, particularly if more points on their licence will mean a driving ban.

This market is served in the UK by people like solicitor Nick Freeman, who has earned the nickname "Mr Loophole" for his skill in finding ways of getting his (usually well-heeled) clients off the hook, often through obscure ways in which parking tickets were not served correctly, or because some sort of roadside signage was wrong.

Now, the Huddersfield Examiner reports, Manchester-based Mr Freeman has reiterated warnings he first issued last year about the new managed motorway system on the M62, which came into effect a year ago and, he says, is leading to confused motorists being penalised.

His greatest concern relates to gantry indications, which leave people "confused" as they pass signs indicating a limit of 60 mph that suddenly switches to 40 mph, with motorists unsure how the speed limit applies in such circumstances.

Mr Freeman asked: "Can they go through the camera at 60 mph? They don't want to get a ticket but it’s not safe to slam brakes on.

"The cameras are working 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and there is a time lapse for drivers who go through as the speed limit changes."

It may indeed be that errors in designing new road systems could lead to unintended consequences, which could provide plenty of business for lawyers, as well as forcing the Highways Agency to think again.

However, even Mr Freeman has not always had things his own way.

In July this year, the Advertising Standards Authority upheld a complaint against a website advert that indicated all his firm's clients would receive his personal expertise. In reality, some people would have their cases handled by other lawyers in the practice.