Laura Hadzik

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Laura Hadzik joined JMW in October 2023 as a Partner and Head of the Commercial Road Transport department.

Laura has extensive experience advising operators of commercial vehicles across the haulage, coach and bus sectors nationwide.  Her particular expertise lies in the licensing and regulation of commercial vehicles.  She is recognised as a leading lawyer in this specialist area and has developed an enviable reputation.

Laura’s work includes:

  • Traffic Commissioner hearings - Public Inquiries, Preliminary Hearings and Driver Conduct Hearings in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • Appeals to the Upper Tribunal
  • Advice and representation in connection with DVSA, Police, Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive, HMRC, UK Border Force, Trading Standards investigations relating to the use of commercial vehicles
  • Advising passenger vehicle operators in connection with bus reliability and punctuality and BODS matters
  • Operator Licensing – applications for new Operator’s Licences, variations to existing Operator’s Licences
  • Advice in connection with the Operator’s Licence implications arising from business restructures, acquisitions or insolvency proceedings
  • Training – pro-active training on vehicle maintenance, drivers’ hours and other driver management compliance systems required by the Operator’s Licence undertakings

Laura has always specialised in the licensing and regulation of commercial vehicle operators.  In her most recent role prior to joining JMW, she spent almost a decade working for a boutique road transport law firm.

Laura is a regular contributor to the trade press and speaks at industry events across the country.

Laura is recognised by UK Chambers and Partners and is quoted as being “adept at advising on a host of regulatory and compliance matters”.

Laura Hadzik, UK | Chambers Profiles

Clients say “her industry knowledge is unbelievable and she has an uncanny knack of communicating what are technical topics in a precise but easy to understand format”.

She is described by Passenger Transport magazine as “a renowned solicitor across the transport sector”.

Laura was awarded “Legal Professional of the Year” (JCI Manchester’s Young Talent Awards, November 2012), shortlisted for “Lawyer of the Year” (Pro-Manchester’s “Made in Manchester” Awards, February 2013) and awarded “Associate of the Year” (Manchester Legal Awards, March 2013).  She was also recognised by Passenger Transport magazine in 2019 as one of their “40 under 40: Transport leaders for the 2020s” (the only Solicitor listed!).

Laura is a member of Women in Transport, a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Carmen (one of London’s oldest Livery companies), sits on the steering group of Women in Bus and Coach and is a keen runner, having completed numerous half marathons and the London Marathon (3 times!).

What her clients say