The level of representation you require when a call up letter arrives
Your Operator’s Licence is a valuable asset and needs to be protected against the possibility of curtailment, suspension or revocation, which are enforcement powers available to Traffic Commissioners. If you have read your ‘call up’ letter, you will probably already be aware of this.
Please therefore ensure that you are either equipped to handle the inquiry yourself or that your representative is competent to do so. We are experienced solicitors and certainly well able to give you the advice and support you need to ensure you obtain the best possible outcome at the Inquiry. Don’t take our word for it, visit our website where you will find testimonials from many of our satisfied clients.
Think carefully before you appoint your adviser/ representative. In the case of transport consultants, they are not solicitors or barristers and submissions from them will not carry as much weight as in the case of solicitors or barristers. This is due to the fact that solicitors and barristers are regulated professionals and transport consultants are not.
Hugh Carlisle QC, President of the Transport Tribunal echoed such observations in Appeal 2006/252 (an appeal by Alec Hayden T/a Trans Consult) when he quoted observations made in the case of 2005/385 K Grant:
“The effect of the rule is that the Tribunal may refuse to hear representatives other than counsel or solicitors: this distinction is based on the fact that unlike that of other representatives the conduct of counsel and solicitors is regulated by the Bar Council and the Law Society respectively. For this reason submissions from counsel and solicitors carry more weight than those from other representatives.”