The Road Traffic Lawyer
Michael Lyon Solicitors Limited is a team of highly specialised and experienced road traffic lawyers representing clients charged with motoring offences throughout Scotland. We hold a unique position in the market place due to our outstanding track record for successfully defending road traffic cases over the last decade.
We restricted our practice solely to the defence of road traffic prosecutions in 2007 and have not looked back since. Our head office is located on High Street in Glasgow and our second office opened in Dumfries, directly across from Dumfries Justice of the Peace and Sheriff Court, back in 2011 to deal with the high number of speeding prosecutions emanating from the M74. We also have offices in Inverness (opened 2018) and Edinburgh (opened 2019).
Over the years we have represented a broad range of clients from Police Officers to politicians and provided expert legal assistance in relation to thousands of road traffic cases in Scotland. Aside from regularly appearing in the Scottish media on matters of road traffic law over the last decade, Michael Lyon is also the accredited Consultant on the Road Traffic Offences and Disqualification section of The Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia, considered to be an essential text for solicitors practising road traffic law in Scotland.
Aside from representing individuals charged with road traffic offences, Michael Lyon is involved with training Justices of the Peace in relation to the interpretation and application of Scottish driving law, in particular how to approach speeding cases and exceptional hardship proofs. Our most recent talk was delivered to around 50 Justices of the Peace – these are the judges who may ultimately decide your fate.
If you are facing prosecution for any road traffic offence in Scotland, from dangerous driving down to a simple speeding charge, contact us today for expert legal representation. We can resolve many cases over the telephone free of charge.
Should the case merit legal representation, we will provide a clear fixed-fee payment plan quotation to secure the services of our team of expert road traffic lawyers.
Road Traffic Offences
Drink / Drug Driving, including “in charge” offencesAn essential guide to drink and drug related driving offences including full details of the “hip-flask” and “no likelihood of driving” defences
Mobile Phones / Construction & UseNow elevated to an obligatory 6 points, we have been defending these cases since the introduction of the legislation in 2003. Our acquittals have received national press coverage
Totting Up / Exceptional HardshipAt risk of accruing 12 or more penalty points on your licence? Find out how to avoid a disqualification by arguing exceptional hardship
Careless DrivingCharged with driving without due care or attention, or without reasonable consideration for other road users? Our expertise can make the difference
Driving Without InsuranceUsing, or causing and permitting the use of, a vehicle without the required insurance cover. Find out how special reasons can prevent the imposition of penalty points
Serious Injury & Fatality CasesYou can rely upon our highly skilled lawyers to thoroughly investigate and prepare your case to the highest standard. We have a proven track record of acquittals in fatality and serious injury cases
Removal Of DisqualificationServing a ban of more than two years? Find out how to apply to the court and get your licence back sooner than you previously thought possible
Traffic SignsFrom illegal signage to objectionable camera evidence, even the simplest red light prosecution can be a real headache for the Crown. Click here to see how we can assist
Failing To Stop / Failing to Report AccidentFind out what you need to know to keep you on the right side of the law. Are the Police looking to interview you in connection with an incident that has not been reported? Get the best legal advice to protect your position in respect of any future proceedings
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Meet the Team
MICHAEL LYON is the original road traffic lawyer and has specialised exclusively in the defence of criminal road traffic matters since 2007. With an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, Michael…
RONNIE SIMPSON, is a former Procurator Fiscal Depute and his insight into the inner workings of the Crown provides a considerable advantage to our Firm. In addition to his legal…
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I contacted Michael Lyon Solicitors t/a The Road Traffic Lawyer when I felt was I wrongly accused of speeding.
After the alleged offence, I returned to the locus in Allandale and found that the sign alerting drivers to the change in speed limit was missing.
I had the benefit of Legal Expenses cover on my Car Insurance and I was made aware by this firm that I was legally entitled to choose my own Solicitor and not compelled to go with the Insurers designated panel
I had dealings with Martin Black, Ronnie Simpson and Michael Lyon and it was the latter who represented me in the JP Court. All of them had first class communication and kept me informed throughout.
It was believed by my Solicitor that the Crown should not be proceeding with the case but nevertheless, they opted to proceed.
Alongside, my photographic evidence, my Solicitor carried out a Freedom of Information request to the council which confirmed that the main sign had been knocked over in a RTA 2 months prior to my alleged offence and was not repaired until 1 month later.
This correlated with my evidence that the Police Officer who stopped me for the alleged offence claimed that there had been an increase in complaints from residents in the months prior over the increased speed of drivers in the area.
Michael Lyon managed to get one of the officers to concede that the complaint timescales clearly correlated with the date in which the missing sign was reported as damaged to the council.
This then resulted in a case of credibility as to whether I knew or reasonably ought to have been aware of the change in speed limit regardless of the missing sign and based on the remaining signage present. It was my position that based on my photographic evidence taken around the time of the alleged offence, the remaining sign was obscured by overgrown vegetation. The prosecution had asked the Officers to attend the scene and take photographs. Michael Lyon argued that the Police Officer's photographs should be discounted as they were taken amidst winter when in January whereas this incident occurred in summer. My oral evidence was preferred to the evidence given by the officers. The outstanding cross examination skills of Michael Lyon resulted in a successful defence. There was strong criticism of the Officers concerned given that they a) did not check that all signs were in place prior to commencing speed checks and b) admitted that they would have proceeded with speed checks even if they had been aware of the missing sign. This is despite conceding that the increase in complaints from residents is, on the balance of probabilities, to have been related to inadequate signage.
Furthermore, Michael Lyon highlighted that it was a ridiculous waste of taxpayer's money and resource to send Police Officers to a) photograph a sign that had already been repaired b) try to recreate a scene that clearly would favour the prosecution given that it was winter and all the vegetation was bare.
I simply could not recommend this firm highly enough. I had dealings with Martin Black, Ronnie Simpson and Michael Lyon throughout the case and found all to be extremely helpful and knowledgeable. It is refreshing to have a firm that are so approachable at any time and carry out their work so efficiently and effectively.
I would like to thank sincerely Mr Ronnie Simpson for his professionalism, decorum and dedicated attitude in a recent drink driving related conviction I had to deal with. He made the whole process painless and explained each stage with clarity and understanding, delighted to say l was acquitted and hopefully can put this behind me. I would not hesitate in passing his details to any future person who may be involved in any road traffic offence.
I contacted Ronnie and Martin and found there advice and expert knowledge to be nothing short of excellent and very reassuring.
My case was dealt with very professionally and diligently at all times, resulting in no further action being taken.
Thank you Ronnie and Martin for achieving this outcome on my behalf and would highly recommend Micheal Lyons Solicitors to anyone who finds themselves unfortunate enough to be facing a similar situation.
if you are on the look out for a specific road traffic Lawyer then look no further, Michael Lyon solicitors are up there with the best at what they do and achieve for a vast variety of cases.
I cannot recommend this firm highly enough, they were supportive and transparent throughout the entire process and if you rely on your driving license then they are good to have on your side. Thank you.
10/10, Would not use anyone else.
SIMPLY THE BEST. Michael Lyon Solicitors Ltd, deserve the highest recommendation possible.
Carolyn and Family
Thanks again R Hendry