The Pragma Law Driving Offence Team

Lucy Whitaker

Lucy Whitaker


I’m Lucy, a specialist driving offence solicitor based in Nottingham.  My team and I really know our stuff when it comes to motoring offences. After speaking with us, you’ll be confident you’re in experienced hands. You can learn about the other team members below.

Since 2008, I have worked exclusively as a driving offence lawyer. I now work only for private defendants charged with driving offences, but in the past have also prosecuted cases in the criminal courts. I believe that having experience in both prosecuting and defending has made me a better solicitor and advocate and I will use my knowledge to your advantage.

My aim is to reduce the stress of your court case and to save your driving licence wherever possible. If you’ve not dealt with the court system before, it can be a daunting process. I have been a specialist driving offence solicitor for many years and have represented countless drivers in court. You will be confident that you are in safe hands as I guide you through the process.

It’s important you are given clear advice from the outset about what to expect and how much it will cost. I do my best to put you at ease and explain the strength of your case.

Why don’t you give us a no-obligation call and see for yourself?


Increased Court Penalties for Driving Offences

Victim Surcharge Increase If you go to court for a minor driving offence and are convicted, it is likely you will have to pay a financial penalty. The total penalty can be broken down into three elements: Fine - a punishment for the offence itself. This figure is...

Causing Death by Dangerous Driving Results in Suspended Sentence

Pragma Law represented a driver charged with causing death by dangerous driving. The prosecution alleged that he drove at twice the speed limit in appalling weather conditions, lost control of his vehicle and caused the death of his partner. As with all accidents...

New Offence of Causing Serious Injury by Careless Driving

The Government has announced plans to bring in a new charge of causing serious injury by careless driving. These changes are contained in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2019-21 What is careless driving? Careless driving is driving without due care and...

Do I Need a Solicitor if I Have to go to Court for a Driving Offence?

  You are not required to have a solicitor for court. You can represent yourself if you choose to. So why should you consider getting a lawyer? Driving lawyers help you understand your case We help you understand the law and any charges you are facing. It is...

Drunk in Charge Court Acquittal

Our client was in court for being drunk in charge of a vehicle. He pleaded not guilty on the basis that he had no intention of driving. On the face of it, the evidence against it appeared strong. He was seen getting into the driver's seat with another occupant and had...

Driving Without Insurance Case Dropped

A driver who was working making deliveries was stopped by police and told he had no insurance. He could not understand why this would be the case as it was his regular work vehicle. Understandably he had not checked the position with the insurance as he assumed his...

Driver Avoids Totting Ban for a Second Time

A driver who had been disqualified for 6 months in the magistrates' court after a second 'totting up' offence instructed us to help with an appeal. He had already successfully argued exceptional hardship around 18 months ago but had since committed a further driving...

No Penalty Points for Driving Without Insurance

We recently represented a driver who was caught driving without insurance because his policy had not been renewed. He had difficulties reading and writing and had relied on his mother to help him with emails and letters. When the letter arrived from the insurers...

Company Not Guilty of Failing to Give Driver Details

Our company client was acquitted of failing to give driver details after a trial in the Magistrates' Court this week. One of its vehicles had been allegedly caught speeding and a request for driver details and notice of intended prosecution was sent out by the police....

The UK Rules on Electric Scooters

Electric Scooters are classed as motor vehicles for the purposes of the Road Traffic Act 1988. This means that you require insurance to ride them on the road or in a public place.

Our Team

We are a small team of specialist motoring lawyers supported by a paralegal and administration assistant.

Maria Moore – Director

Maria has over 30 years’ experience in the criminal justice system.  She is an accredited police station representative, a solicitor and high court advocate which means she can deal with matters from the police station, through the magistrates’ courts and in the crown courts.

David Swingler – Consultant Solicitor

David has over 20 years’ experience and has worked continuously in crime and motoring law.  He has defended all manner of cases and for a number of years acted as an agent prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service so has a working knowledge of how cases are prosecuted at court.  He has conducted all manner of hearings but his specialism is trial advocacy.

Imogen Cox – Consultant Solicitor

Imogen is a solicitor with over 20 years’ experience who is an accredited police station representative, solicitor and higher court advocate.  She has always specialised in crime and motoring law.  She has dealt with all manner of cases from speeding to defending death by careless and dangerous driving.

Georgina Geddes – Paralegal

Georgina has several years’ experience working as a paralegal. She takes instructions from clients and assists in case preparation.  She is well versed in all areas in motoring law and has a very good relationship with clients.

Claire Howley – Administration Assistant

Claire has many years’ experience working for law firms.  As well as administration work she liaises with clients, courts and third parties to ensure the smooth running of the business.

Specialist Solicitors

We do what we’re best at.

Free Initial Advice

No obligation, no hard sell

Staged Fixed Fees

Competitive, transparent pricing

Flexible Appointments

Even evenings and weekends

Whether you are facing a minor offence such as speeding or using a mobile while driving, a more serious charge like drink driving or dangerous driving or perverting the course of justice, I can represent you. If you want to defend your case, I will help you fight. If you don’t have a defence, I’ll aim to reduce your sentence.

Highly Experienced

My professional team and I have many years’ experience giving legal advice on traffic offences and representing drivers in court.


I deal only with motoring offences and road transport matters. My aim is to deal with all my cases personally, from start to finish.

If for any reason I am not available, you will be advised or represented by a specialist motoring offence solicitor or barrister whom I trust. I will supervise your case throughout.


You’ll find me friendly and approachable at all times. I’ll put your mind at ease and guarantee to make your situation less stressful. At the same time, you’ll be confident that you are in safe hands.


My advice will be clear and explained in a way that you can understand. I will not confuse you with legal terminology.

In the courtroom, I’ll fight your case and put forward clear, persuasive arguments.


I am confident I can get you the best outcome, but will not make false promises.

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Mission DanMission Dan
09:07 25 Jun 22
Absolutely saved my business. Took on my case, were direct from the start, kept me informed and worked behind the scenes to push my case and get my license returned, despite a somewhat archaic court house. You can tell pragma are specialists in this field and i genuinely recommend them 100% (thanks to lucy, david and claire) you saved my bacon
hayley smithhayley smith
12:14 15 Jun 22
Lucy was extremely thorough , professional and very emphatic. She always took the time to make everything totally clear and gave excellent guidance throughout.My son was facing a charge of death by dangerous driving. His sentenced was reduced to a suspended one with the help of Lucy and her teams expertise.This is a rare outcome.We are enormously grateful for her support and patience throughout the case, and can not recommend her highly enough!
Atanas CAtanas C
18:51 26 May 22
Just out of few miles.As we wheel around we do step at times on the lines labelled as traffic law. You could be fine at the moment but the sweet moment does not last. Out of just a few miles, the minute problem starts snowballing to a self-unmanageable level. Paper from traffic police paper from the court, bitter mouth, the clock is ticking and nothing sensible comes to mind of what to write to the court rep. When a problem starts simmering and climes we tend to run out of fit ideas. Some call it panicking and I agree. Pragma law has a different set of remedies for similar situations. And I am sharing this from experience. Lucy from Pragma listened to my story and said the problem is not as big as my mixed at the time mind thought it was. ‘’Leave with me and answer my emails timely and don’t worry’’ she said. Six weeks later I was out of the mud. Just like that, …out of a few miles.
Combe ClovisCombe Clovis
09:51 26 May 22
I just want to say thank you so much for your support for your help and advice, I really appreciate your services I was panicking, i couldn't sleep for properly because the thoughts l couldn't imagine losing my licence or getting banned for 6 months because l drive for living getting banned for 6 months means loosing my income for 6 months therefore loosing my home and get into really hardship so I really appreciate prgma low and special thanks to Mr David swingler who was there for me and advice me and defend my case really well and win the case for me instead of 6 months disqualification I got 14 days this for me it was big win thanks to David Swingler and Pragma Low.
Ismail KhanIsmail Khan
15:13 03 May 22
Very diligent, professional and helpful. Lucy prioritised us as our case was time-sensitive and was very prompt and accessible at all times whenever we needed to communicate with her. She helped us get the best possible outcome. Highly recommended!
Neil BrittonNeil Britton
14:33 23 Apr 22
Their pricing is less than that of other specialists.David did a great job of defending me in court.They communicated well and went out of their way to help.Couldn't recommend these solicitors enough.10/10
Michael GillespieMichael Gillespie
17:09 21 Apr 22
Fantastic service and representation. Great result.
Fahd The REAPER MoenisFahd The REAPER Moenis
19:24 20 Feb 22
Lucy is really professional and i was so relaxed and happy to deal with her
shaun allmanshaun allman
17:51 02 Feb 22
Great service, communication and informative with all the advice given to me. Very much will recommend to all my family and friends should they ever need a trustworthy and professional solicitor to help with advice and proceedings with motoring offences.
Filip Rares-NicolaeFilip Rares-Nicolae
18:17 24 Jan 22
Absolutely amazing from start to finish.Was extremely worried about a situation I had got myself in.Was a very very nervous time for me as losing my license would have meant I lost everything including my job.Pragma Law team was helpful, professional, clear and thorough from the outset.It was Lucy Whitaker who represented me in court and I cant stress enough how fantastic she was in that court room. I received the best possible outcome and kept my license. Without her I would of undoubtedly lost my license.As far as I am concerned this was a one off and will never ever happen again, however if I ever was in any situation of this kind in the future there is no where else I would turn.Can not recommend highly enough!
a tanasa tanas
18:02 25 Nov 21
Working with Lucy Whitaker as my lawyer has been the best thing I could have ever done. She sorted out my problem as BEST and i truly recommend her to anyone that needs to solve car problems.Flavia Campilli
Joseph PaynterJoseph Paynter
16:18 12 Nov 21
I recently had a case involving an E-Scooter, unfortunately I committed an offence that I didn't even know was illegal. I contacted Pragma Law after reading reviews and outcomes of similar cases, and was put into contact with Lucy Whitaker. Lucy was very professional throughout the whole process, and was very realistic with me about my outcome from the initial phone call. The consultation was extremely through and well carried out, and Lucy was always available to contact if I had any questions. I couldn't have asked for a better outcome from the court after Lucy's representation- from the potential of a suspended sentence reduced to a ban on the lower end of the range, and without a community order. In the court room Lucy was very good at explaining to the Magistrates that the seriousness of the case was nothing like what the sentencing guidelines were designed to punish for (driving a car) and this is what got my punishment reduced. The prices are reasonable, and transparent from the initial phone call with no hidden costs. Would definitely recommend.
Tim NVTim NV
14:43 14 Oct 21
Was really impressed with PL and Lucy. Was given great advice (which I wouldn’t have been able to obtain without guidance) throughout the whole process. Every time we communicated over the phone it was followed up with a written email with actions, next steps etc. was also fortunate enough to work with her colleague David too who represented my case where I avoided a ban of 6 months.
Abi CorsiAbi Corsi
16:39 14 Sep 21
Lucy is the best lawyer I could have possibly found. I unexpectedly received a letter from the police who at the time intended to prosecute me for driving an electric scooter without insurance, and without a license. I was terrified as if found guilty, I would receive 6 penalty points and would have lost my drivers license. Other solicitors I called said unfortunately there was nothing they could do. Lucy on the other hand immediately reassured me and wrote a letter to the police which persuaded them to drop the charges completely. I honestly can’t recommend her enough. Thank you Lucy!
Aziz AbilovAziz Abilov
15:29 31 Aug 21
I contacted Pragma Law when I wanted to appeal against a decision made in the Magistrates court. Lucy had picked up my case and advised me on the next steps. She helped me with everything that was required, advised me on all possible outcomes of the appeal, helped me get my licence back until the appeal hearing comes along, and then went ahead and got the appeal accepted in the Crown court. She is not only the best solicitor I’ve worked with, but she is also a wonderful human being. Very lovely and easy to work with, even the judges loved her! I 100% recommend you to contact them with any issues you have.
Asad AhmedAsad Ahmed
15:41 21 May 21
5* have dealt with lucy twice now! Very professional. Knows what shes doing! Would definitely recommend!
Bobby CharlesBobby Charles
19:05 07 Feb 21
I have had an extremely positive experience with Lucy Whittaker. She is very knowledgeable, very proactive and always explains things in a clear and precise.She was able to convince the court to drop a driving without due care charge despite the police and the CPS disareeing.I would hesitate to recommend Lucy and Pragma Law anyone who needs assistance.
harry bedderharry bedder
15:53 16 Dec 20
Fantastic Service provided by Lucy, very profesional and quick at getting you answers and providing the help you might need! I will definitly be recomening Pragma Law to anyone I know that has a motoring proplem please do the same...
Jobin Mathew JosephJobin Mathew Joseph
18:11 25 Nov 20
Absolutely brilliant! 100 percent reliable! The case was related to driving matter and I had initially approached few other solicitors for help with my case. They all denied saying we would not win the case. But Lucy happily took the case and help me win the case with the best possible outcome.She puts you at ease and confidence. Very responsive in your queries. She genuinely care for case and very pleasant to deal with. Always well prepared and wins you the best possible outcome. Very Very Strongly recommend. Thanks much Lucy.
Lewis CobleyLewis Cobley
11:12 05 Nov 20
I highly recommend Pragma Law for any motoring problem. They were very efficient and professional even with little time to prepare.
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14:30 04 Jul 20
What can I say about pragma law and Lucy whitaker, 1st class absolutely brilliant!!!. I had my licence revoked last October due to vasovagal syncope (faint) from the word go Lucy was brilliant, and I only dealt with her, she explained everything, in every stage extremely professional in everything she does, and had my licence back. What a result!!! thank you so much Lucy.
hannah vanessahannah vanessa
15:45 15 Jun 20
I suffer with anxiety (as many) and this incident completely took over my life for months until I met Lucy. I was super comfortable and confident in her work as she was very professional and was always available to help. Really helped take the stress away - thanks Lucy and thanks Pragma!
Wayne DaviesWayne Davies
14:51 08 Jun 20
What can I say about pragma law and Lucy whitaker, 1st class absolutely brilliant!!!. I had my licence revoked last October due to vasovagal syncope (faint) from the word go Lucy was brilliant, and I only dealt with her, she explained everything, in every stage extremely professional in everything she does, and had my licence back. What a result!!! thank you so much Lucy.
Rukhsar LatifRukhsar Latif
13:59 19 May 20
Lucy genuinly cares about her clients she took on my case dealt with everything herself and won my case I couldn't be happier with the results and the service. I will definitely be using Pragma Law again if needs be.
Vicky ClarkeVicky Clarke
20:16 03 Mar 20
I couldn't have hoped for a better solicitor. Lucy did everything she could to get the best possible outcome for me, and I can't thank her enough
Paul MercerPaul Mercer
17:19 31 Jan 20
Lucy Whitaker provided an impressive, cost effective service. She was objective, responded quickly to questions and, I believe, offered the best advice before efficiently dealing with a case as it came to court.I would have no hesitation either in using Lucy again, should the need arise, or recommending her services.
Rebecca HodkinsonRebecca Hodkinson
16:33 19 Nov 19
Lucy represented me in a driving case and I couldn't be happier. She was friendly, professional and pragmatic without giving me false hope. The outcome was a more positive one than I expected and that's down to her advice and detailed preparations. Would highly recommend! Thank you Lucy!
Gary SykesGary Sykes
22:12 04 Oct 19
We were so impressed with Lucy Whitaker. She represented our son in an unusual driving case which thanks to her knowledge, care & understanding, ended in a much better than expected outcome. Clear, concise & professional, we highly recommend her... can't thank her enough!!

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