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    • Anton Balkitis - Rothera Sharp Solicitors

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Rothera Sharp Solicitors  in Nottingham specialises in road and freight transport law with regulatory advice at the core of the practice. The caseload consists of a mix of prosecution work, licence matters, public inquiry assistance and accident-related work. Anton Balkitis heads the practice, which includes barrister Olivia Maginn. In a major highlight, the group acted for an operator in an appeal against the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) regarding a charge of failing to use a tachograph and operating a goods vehicle without an operator’s licence. The team also successfully represented a driver in an appeal to the Magistrate’s Court after his vocational licence had been revoked indefinitely after a driver conduct hearing in light of previous prosecutions for environmental offences, obtaining reinstatement of the licence. Recent public inquiry work includes successfully representing the operator and transport manager of Rochdale Skip Hire at a public inquiry regarding various maintenance-related vehicle offences and prohibitions as well as issues in relation to the use of the operating centre. Clients include KJ Tomlinson, Noble Foods and T A Statham Haulage.

Browne Jacobson LLP  handles transport matters ranging from regulatory work to commercial matters, including warehousing and distribution agreements, outsourcing agreements and licensing cases, as well as transport-related real estate mandates such as leases of depots and hubs. The client list consists mainly of retail and manufacturing clients alongside haulage and logistics companies and their insurers. Recently promoted Nottingham-based legal director Claire Burns  is the main contact in Nottingham.

The aviation law specialists at Smith Partnership  act for domestic and international airlines, tour operators, handling agents and aviation insurers, with a particular focus on passenger and third-party indemnity claims. The group is also able to assist with employer’s and public liability, claims in relation to lost, delayed and damaged baggage, denied boarding and negligence claims. Derby-based practice head and litigator Bally Atwal's key strengths include personal injury claims and compensation claims pursuant to EC regulation 261/2004. The practice has experienced an increase in compensation claims for delayed or cancelled flights which the practice handles for multiple clients.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited  focuses on advising rail-sector clients with employment, commercial property and corporate matters. Corporate expert Duncan Taylor leads the team, which includes employment specialist Andy Jamieson  and employment associate Melanie Morton, all in Nottingham, as well as Leicester-based commercial property associate Peter Rees. The team recently acted for logistics providers, a railway engineering player and a bus company. Employment director Keeley Baigent left to found her own practice.

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