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The specialist solicitors at JMW understand the needs of hauliers and bus and coach operators, including the complexities that come with running a compliant transport operation.

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JMW’s Commercial Road Transport team has extensive experience advising and representing operators of all sizes across the haulage, coach and bus sectors nationwide. Their clients range from family-owned SMEs, to some of the UK’s major bus and coach companies as well as well-known ‘household name’ haulage companies across sectors including retail, parcel delivery, waste, pharmaceutical and medical, animal feed, construction, scaffolding, fuel and agriculture.

Commercial road transport is the lifeblood of the UK economy. However, the logistics and passenger transport sectors are heavily regulated to protect road safety and ensure a level playing field. Poor compliance can attract the attention of the enforcement agencies, resulting in prosecutions and/or a hearing before the Traffic Commissioner with the risk of action being taken against the Operator’s Licence, the directors, transport manager and driver.

JMW’s experts are recognised as leading lawyers on the full spectrum of matters relating to the licensing and regulation of commercial road transport. They are intimately familiar with the rafts of legislation and guidance and draw on decades of first-hand experiences to provide strategic advice that recognises the practical and operational challenges operators face - enabling operators to successfully navigate the law whilst allowing them to concentrate on the day-to-day task of managing their businesses. JMW’s Commercial Road Transport team also works closely with many of the trade associations supporting the road transport sector and their members.

The team is Co-Headed by Laura Hadzik and Scott Bell who have over 30 years’ combined experience in this niche specialism. They are both recognised as leaders in their field and have developed enviable reputations for their unrivalled expertise in this niche area and their sector-specific knowledge.


Our team is vastly experienced in providing assistance, advice and representation to both businesses and individuals involved in the road transport industry. Our expertise enables us to assist operators in all areas of transport regulation, including:

  • Operator Licensing Requirements
  • Operator’s Licence Applications and Variations
  • Managing Your Operator’s Licence
  • Buying or selling a road transport business
  • Strategic Operator’s Licence advice in connection with business restructures, acquisitions, disposals, mergers or insolvency proceedings
  • DVSA roadside stops and investigations
  • ‘Propose to Revoke’ and ‘Propose to Refuse’ proceedings
  • Traffic Commissioner Public Inquiries and Preliminary Hearings
  • Appeals against Traffic Commissioner decisions to the Upper Tribunal
  • Vocational Driver Conduct and Driver Conduct Hearings
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Drivers’ hours and tachographs
  • Overloading and Load Security
  • Bus Reliability and Punctuality
  • BODS (Bus Open Data Service)
  • The Journey to Net Zero
  • International Road Transport
  • Police investigations and proceedings
  • Environment Agency investigations and proceedings
  • HSE (Health and Safety Executive) investigations and proceedings
  • Trading Standards investigations and proceedings
  • Road-Transport specific training for statutory directors, senior management and transport management
  • Auditing


The road transport solicitors at JMW have niche experience in advising businesses, individuals, and even trade associations on legal matters relating to the transport industry. We provide a high quality of service and offer pragmatic legal advice and solutions to the problems faced by operators, transport managers, professionals, and other industry players.

Poor compliance with regard to transport can not only attract the attention of the Traffic Commissioners, but also lead to potential criminal prosecutions brought by the police and/or DVSA. 

Our solicitors are familiar with both the regulatory areas as well as the criminal procedures. Often when one set of criminal proceedings end, the regulatory process starts. It is the wide nature of our expertise that allows us to offer a full service to those in the transport sector and devise commercially sensible and industry-specific solutions when a problem arises.


Speak to the road transport solicitors at JMW today to find out more about how we can help you and your business. Simply call us on 0345 241 4370, or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will give you a call back at a convenient time.