The Liver Building

Road Traffic Law for Criminal Practitioners


Speaker: Colin Beaumont

Date: Wednesday 18th September, 2019

Time: 10:00 - 12:45

Areas of Law: Criminal

Competencies: A1 (a) (b) (c) (d)
A2 (a) (d)
A4 (a)

B2 (a) (c) (d)

B5 (a) (b) (c) (d)

C1 (d) (e)

Liverpool Law Society,
2nd Floor Helix,
Edmund Street,
L3 9NY

Course Code: S4252


This course has been specifically written to appeal to anyone involved at any stage whatsoever in advising clients on the criminal aspects of road traffic legislation. You may be advising in the office or at the police station or at Court (whether as an own client or in your capacity as Duty Solicitor). You may want to develop a niche road traffic department as part of your diversification. Road traffic legislation isn’t easy and the Sections themselves are not particularly user-friendly and difficult to interpret. The presenter, Colin Beaumont, has had more than 35 years of practical experience of advising in this particular area of criminal law.

The following items will be covered during the course:

  • A ‘not guilty’ plea having been entered – duties under the Criminal Procedure Rules 2015
  • Advising generally in the area of penalty points
  • The offences covered by the Duty Solicitor scheme under your 2017 Crime Contract
  • The Drug Driving offence and the guidance published by The Sentencing Council
  • Advising generally in the area of alcohol and driving
  • Advising generally in the area of mandatory and discretionary disqualifications
  • Exceptional Hardship – what you can and cannot argue
  • Special Reasons
  • Disqualification as a sentence rather than as an ancillary order
  • Disqualification until test passed – an area fraught with difficulties
  • Probationary Drivers and the Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995
  • Driving whilst disqualified – some traps for the unwary
  • Disqualification and custodial sentences – clarification of the law in this are
  • The cases you really ought to know about – e.g. R v Needham on Section 35A and 35B of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (as amended)
  • Part 7 of the Criminal Procedure Rules (as amended)
  • The ‘issuing’ date of a Single Justice Notice Procedure and the 2019 case of James William Brown

Speaker Biographies

Speaker: Colin Beaumont, Barrister (retired), trainer with more than 20 years experience and former consultant to a large legal aid practice covering the Thames Valley, Surrey and London police areas. Formerly a partner within the firm, Colin initially qualified as a barrister in 1982 and spent many years in the Courts service before re-qualifying as a Solicitor in 1996 and retiring in 2016.


Member £105
Non-member £150
Corporate Member Training Offer 1 Credit
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