JMW Drives Forward Their Relationship With The BPA

22/01/2016

The British Parking Association (BPA) has appointed full service law firm JMW Solicitors LLP to advise their members on any legal matters.

The BPA is the largest Professional Association in Europe representing organisations in the Parking and Traffic Management Community and they currently have around 650 members, equally shared between the public and private sectors. The BPA set up their Approved Operator Scheme (AOS) in 2007 for operators managing private and unregulated car parks; AOS members have to adhere to a Code of Practice if they are involved in the management of parking on private land and unregulated public car parks. The AOS currently has over 120 members nationwide. 

After a tender process full service law firm JMW have been appointed to advise BPA members on any legal matters they may encounter from 1st February. Consumer and parking legal specialist Derek Millard-Smith will lead a team of lawyers who will be on hand to help and advise BPA members.  Derek joined JMW in May 2015 and has been involved in the parking sector throughout his 15 year career as a consumer lawyer, providing regulatory compliance advice and investigation defence assistance to consumer facing companies who come under the spotlight of regulators.

The BPA hope that by appointing JMW as legal advisers, BPA members will be able to gain the help and advice they need quickly and efficiently to help them adhere to the BPA’s code of practice, consumer protection legislation and any other legal matters that may impact their businesses.

Derek Millard-Smith, Partner and Consumer Law specialist at JMW said:

“The team at JMW are delighted to have been appointed legal service provider for BPA members. We are all very excited to commence work on this long term project with the BPA. It is a tremendous opportunity to join up legal thinking and compliance advice across the BPA membership, which will not only enhance the credibility of those approved by the BPA but essentially ensure consistency and fairness for motorists. 

 Personally I have worked alongside the parking sector for many years and want to be part of continuing to build a positive relationship between the consumers and parking management companies and I know this is the BPA’s aim as well. The team at JMW feel this is a unique opportunity to work in partnership with the BPA to identify legal issues that affect the parking enforcement industry and ensure that the consumer is treated fairly”

Commenting on JMW’s appointment Steve Clark, Head of Operational Services at the BPA said:

“I am delighted that we are able to offer our members this opportunity to seek legal advice on matters that may affect them and in turn, assist them in improving the service that they provide for motorists. I look forward to working with Derek and the team at JMW as legal service provider, another milestone in the BPA’s drive to raise standards and promote professionalism throughout the parking sector”

 

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For more information:

Samantha Meakin

0161 828 1981

07595 277 842

samantha.meakin@jmw.co.uk

 

Note to Editors

JMW Solicitors LLP is one of the leading Manchester law firms and offers a broad range of legal services to both commercial and private clients.  We are committed to providing legal services in a cost effective and timely manner.

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