JMW motor on with consumer law, driving defence and motorsports specialist Derek Millard-Smith

28 May 2015

Manchester based full service law firm JMW Solicitors LLP has strengthened its Business Crime & Regulation team with the appointment of a new Partner.

Derek Millard-Smith joins JMW as a Partner from Hill Dickinson and specialises in all areas of regulation but particularly in consumer law, regulatory compliance, Trading Standards investigations, driving defence and motorsports management.  He regularly supports businesses and individuals with regulatory compliance and investigation management in relation to on-line and consumer facing due diligence, product safety and public protection whilst at the same time avoiding or minimising reputation impact for his clients.  Derek’s clients include amongst others Capita, UP Global Sourcing Ltd and SLM Connect Ltd.

Derek’s membership of the Trading Standards Institute and his associated local authority connections nationwide facilitates swift response and resolution for his clients to regulator intervention and enquiries.  Derek works with a range of clients across a number of sectors including retail, manufacturing, distribution, parking enforcement, debt and claims management.  

Notably his work in driving defence saw him achieve a legally historic acquittal of a drink driving sleepwalker in 2012. This and other success has brought about a significant Twitter following @DrivingLawyer where he also discusses his involvement with sports sponsorship,  management and regulation,  assisting motor sport teams and drivers including the Lotus F1 team.  Derek is also a member of the British Associate of Sports and Law.

Commenting on Derek’s appointment Peter Grogan, Head of Business Crime & Regulation at JMW said:

“Derek is a great fit for our business crime & regulation team and we are delighted to welcome him to JMW.  Derek brings with him extensive knowledge across all areas of consumer law and regulatory compliance and significant experience in the driving defence and motorsports arenas, his appointment will only strengthen further our offering and help us to develop further.”

Commenting on his appointment Derek Millard-Smith commented:

“I am pleased to be joining an entrepreneurial and growing law firm such as JMW and I am looking forward to developing my unique specialisms in trading standards and consumer law to support all areas of the firm. It is an excellent opportunity to work alongside the established Business Crime team in all areas of regulation as well as enhancing JMW’s sports offering.”



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Samantha Meakin

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