Senior Associate Solicitor
Chris Powell is a senior associate solicitor at Rotheras, specialising in road transport law and motorist defence. He advises and represents haulage and PSV operator licence holders, Transport Managers and drivers on all road transport regulatory matters.
Chris Powell specialises in road transport law and motoring defence. He advises and represents haulage and PSV operator licence holders and drivers on all road transport regulatory matters. He regularly appears at Public Inquiry and Driver Conduct Hearings before the Traffic Commissioner in every Traffic Region.
He works very closely with clients during DVSA (VOSA) investigations, and works hard to ensure his clients get the best outcome possible. He regularly attends and advises clients during interviews under caution conducted by both the DVSA and the police.
He appears regularly at the Magistrates’ Courts across England and Wales and has extensive experience defending transport and motoring clients on a wide range of matters, including tachograph, drivers’ hours, false records, and overloading offences.
Chris has particular experience acting for large European hauliers and transport undertakings on cross border matters. He specialises in challenging civil penalties and LEZ penalties and responding to urgent vehicle seizure matters.
Chris is a well respected solicitor in the wider transport industry. He is regularly quoted in news publications including The Financial Times, Commercial Motor, Motor Transport Magazine, Coach and Bus Week and Transport Operator.
He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and is regularly asked to speak to the CILT Transport Manager and Fleet Operator Forum.
“Chris Powell focuses his practice on road transport issues, regularly representing haulage, transport and logistics companies. He has considerable experience in regulatory matters involving operator licences and compliance failings, as well as more serious criminal investigations relating to fraud.”Chambers UK, 2020
“The team at Rotheras, and Mr Powell in particular, have provided us with an outstanding service. We are extremely grateful for the help and support they gave us in dealing with issues relating to our transport operations and our goods vehicle operators licence. Mr Powell was professional, knowledgable, efficient and effective. He quickly understood our business and the problem we had. He responded with sensible advice and acted quickly on our behalf to resolve the matter. I cannot thank him enough for his help and I would recommend Mr Powell, and the Rotheras team, without hesitation. I am extremely grateful for the help they gave us. ”Richard Hitchcock - Hitchcock & King
“Chris Powell at Rotheras was recommended to us by a trusted associate within the Transport Industry; without doubt we wouldn’t have had the excellent outcome we did without his and his team’s involvement. The level of professionalism, expert advice and assistance was faultless; we felt reassured and well informed throughout the whole process. It was a pleasure to do business with him and would highly recommend his services!”Julian Brindley - John Brindley Ltd
“When a client, a Lithuanian haulage company, instructed me in relation to a seized vehicle in the UK, I had no doubt that Rotheras Solicitors was the firm to go to. I knew the head of transport department Anton Balkitis as a reliable, always ready to help and very experienced transport law specialist and Rotheras is a firm I know I can trust as they are always prepared to go an extra mile whenever instructed. On this particular matter, I worked closely with Chris Powell, who was always quick to respond to any query, very efficient and professional. Both I and the client are very happy with the result and I would have no hesitation to recommend Rotheras Solicitors and Chris Powell in particular.”Julija Kalpokienė - Konsus
“Awesome company to have on your side, knowledge is vast, and they are quick in dealing with your issue, and speak clearly and in terms you understand, highly recommend Chris and Billy, if we have another issue will be straight back to them no question about it. Thank you.”T.H.S. Smith (Sharnford) Limited
“We would just like to say a big thank you for the speedy, professional, conduct of Chris Powell and his team with our recent Public Inquiry. We felt that he listened to our concerns and gave advice and instruction accordingly. We were very happy with the work he put into the case and his ability and professional conduct on the day. ”John and Angela Martin, JEM Transport Ltd
It is not easy being an External Transport Manager. You have the same responsibilities as a full-time in-house Transport Manager however you might only be contracted for a handful of hours a week in the case of a single vehicle operator. Even for a diligent External Transport Manager it can be difficult to exercise continuous and effective control when you may only see the vehicles you are responsible for a few hours a week.
This guide is intended to be a short, no-nonsense crib sheet for External Transport Managers. It is by no means comprehensive, but it does flag up some of the more common issues that can ultimately lead to problems with the Traffic Commissioner.
Posted on 24/11/2021
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