Transport Lawyers for Taxis

We defend taxi drivers and operators across the country. Whether your licence has been revoked or suspended, or your application has been refused, we are here to help. Speak to us today for initial advice.

We can help whether you have a: 

  • Hackney Carriage taxi licence,
  • Private Hire driver licence, or both,
  • Operator's licence.

We are here to protect your licence, whether as a driver or as an operator, and recognise that it is both your livelihood and your business.

We are able to represent you and advise on:

  • Strategy on investigation by Licensing Department, including advice pre-interview
  • All taxi licensing appeals, including those before Local Council taxi licensing sub-committees and the Magistrates Court
  • Representations pre-hearing, including alternative remedies
  • Disciplinary hearings before your local licensing sub-committee
  • Driving offences and protecting both your driving and taxi licence at both the Magistrates Court and the Licensing sub-committee
  • Disqualification from driving, and how to prevent it
  • Representations following DBS disclosure.

You must lodge a taxi licensing appeal at a Magistrates Court within 21 days of notification of a sanction by your local council. Failure to meet this deadline may result in your appeal being refused, so do not delay in seeking our advice.

It is essential you have legal advice at an early stage, if possible at the beginning of an investigation, or certainly following action by the Council. The Licensing department of the Council will seek to defend their decision and challenge your appeal. They will be legally represented and so must you.

We are also members of the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) and the Institute of Licensing.

Lawyer members of the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), Woodfines Solicitors    Institute of Licensing

To speak to one of our team, please telephone (Cambridge) 01223 411421 or Milton Keynes (01908 202150), or email transport@woodfines.co.uk

We also have meeting facilities in central London. To find out more or to make an appointment to see us there, please telephone 0207 396 1020. 

Engage with us

Our team send out a regular taxi newsletter containing legal updates and requirements which you and your business may find interesting or need to be aware of.

In Focus: Plying for Hire

This remains a thorny and ultimately unresolved issue among Hackney Carriages, private hire vehicles (PHV) and enforcement officers and has led to uncertainty and a lack of clarity in the law.

For more information, read our informative briefing on this area of law or call us to discuss. Download the briefing now.

Examples of our support to Taxi Drivers & Operators:

Plying for Hire

Operator prosecuted by local County Council for Plying for Hire. Acquitted following trial at Magistrates Court. Our team successfully challenged the evidence of Licensing Officers and their interpretation of Council Policy.

Revoked Licence

Taxi driver was unrepresented at trial and convicted of assault, and as a result had his taxi licence revoked. The appeal was upheld at Luton Magistrates Court. We successfully argued that the Council had not correctly applied its own convictions policy and that our client was still a “fit and proper person”. The Council appealed to the Crown Court, but our team argued that the appeal was out of time and it was dismissed.

Revocation of Operators' Licence

The Operator was in jeopardy of revocation of Operators' Licence. Representations and undertakings were offered to the Council's Licensing department and Taxi Licensing sub-committee, leading to no further action.

Plying for Hire & No Insurance

Driver was convicted of plying for hire and having no insurance, and disqualified from driving. There was a consideration that his taxi licence should also be revoked. We enabled a successful appeal to Cambridge Crown Court that disqualification would cause exceptional hardship and the disqualification was removed. We also provided representations to the taxi licensing sub-committee that revocation of the licence was disproportionate on the facts, and a two-week period of suspension was instead imposed.

Revocation of Operators' Licence

Operators' Licence revoked by Bedford Borough Council following conviction for permitting no insurance. The revocation was overturned following detailed representations coupled with mitigating factors and “special reasons” argument that the revocation was disproportionate.