In an exclusive benefit for routeone Trader members, holders of Trader +, Trader Gold or Trader Platinum annual packages can take advantage of fixed fee legal services provided by leading law firm Fieldfisher.
As part of this arrangement, Fieldfisher can provide fixed fee representation at either a Public Inquiry or a Preliminary Hearing, or a legal audit, to routeone Trader annual members.
That allows those businesses to put in place a cost-effective legal safety net. At the same time, they benefit from all the other elements of an annual routeone Trader membership, including use of the most cost-effective and successful vehicle sales platform in the industry.
“Fieldfisher understands the business requirements and needs of coach and bus operators. That is cemented by its longstanding relationship with routeone,” says Fieldfisher Partner Andrew Sanderson.
“We are excited to launch this exclusive offer for routeone Trader annual members. They will be able to benefit from legal representation at hearings before a Traffic Commissioner (TC) at an affordable price.
“Additionally, by offering a legal audit at a fixed and affordable price, Fieldfisher is also delighted to be able to partner with routeone Trader annual members who take a pragmatic and proactive view of compliance and want to understand how they can run their operations better.”
Both Andrew and Fieldfisher Associate Elliott Kenton are highly experienced at representing operators at Preliminary Hearings and Public Inquiries.
Fixed fee legal services for all Trader annual members
Through its fixed fee offering to routeone Trader members with an annual package, Fieldfisher can provide comprehensive representation from its team of experienced transport law specialists at a Public Inquiry or a Preliminary Hearing.
In both instances, Fieldfisher will provide the following as part of its service:
- Handling of correspondence with the Office of the Traffic Commissioner
- Collation of financial documents and completion of financial standing analyses
- Collation and review of vehicle files and others relevant to the transport operation
- The undertaking of meetings with witnesses and preparation of witness statements
- Preparation of written submissions
- Attendance of the hearing and advocacy on the client’s behalf.
The fee is defined by the client’s size. At a Public Inquiry, a small operator, possessing up to 15 vehicles, will receive the above for £4,500; a medium operator, possessing 16-35 vehicles, will pay £7,500; and a large operator, possessing more than 35 vehicles, will be charged £10,000.
For a Preliminary Hearing, a small operator will be charged £3,500; a medium operator will pay £4,500; and a large operator will be charged £7,500.
Audit gives compliance peace of mind
routeone Trader annual members that wish to take up Fieldfisher’s fixed fee legal audit offer will find that it delivers a wide-reaching assessment of their systems and compliance. It will involve:
- A site visit
- A high-level review of vehicle files and other systems and policies that are in place
- The preparation of a preliminary report based on Fieldfisher’s findings to provide a snapshot of the operator’s compliance profile and recommendations for future compliance.
“Within the transport world, there has been a shift between resolving matters after an operator has discovered issues within its business and ensuring that an operation is compliant throughout its life,” says Andrew.
That is why so many businesses have found a legal audit valuable.
As with representation at a Public Inquiry or a Preliminary Hearing, billing for a legal audit is based on the same business size demarcations outlined above. A small operator will pay £2,500; a medium operator will be charged £4,000; and a large operator will be charged £5,500.
All fixed fees for both representation and audit work exclude VAT and disbursements. The fixed fee offer for representation at a Preliminary Hearing or a Public Inquiry is available only to those businesses that are routeone Trader annual members at the time that the first communication from the Office of the Traffic Commissioner is received.
The small print
For all its fixed fee work for routeone Trader annual members, Fieldfisher reserves the right to derogate from the fixed fee offerings in the following scenarios:
- Where there are numerous complex issues
- Where there are serious issues which require the involvement of a more senior lawyer from the outset
- Should further tasks outside the previously defined workstreams be needed that were not anticipated at the time of instruction
- Where protracted meetings or calls are required.
For Public Inquiries and Preliminary Hearings, representation of a Transport Manager is not included in the fixed fee. If additional work to call witnesses or take statements is required, a further charge may be payable.
For audits, additional charges may apply if multiple site visits are required or if a site visit exceeds half a day, or if the operator requires a detailed review of policies, procedures, systems and controls, and/or a details report assessing those systems.
Get in touch to take up the offer
All holders of a routeone Trader +, Trader Gold and Trader Platinum annual package are eligible for Fieldfisher’s fixed fee legal services. In the first instance, they should email [email protected]
The following individuals can advise eligible routeone Trader members further on the fixed fee offer:
- Elliott Kenton, Associate. [email protected]; 020 7861 4772
- Andrew Sanderson, Partner. [email protected]; 020 7861 4570.
Full terms and conditions can be accessed here.