Richard Dawson and Keoghs successfully defend driver

A driver, KR, was cleared of wrongdoing after pulling across the path of an oncoming motorcycle.  The ensuing collision left the rider of the motorcycle with life-threatening injuries, which have changed his life forever.

On the day of trial, the Prosecution conceded that the manner of the riding of the motorcycle in the lead up to the collision was at least reckless and, in a civil context, provided clear evidence of contributory negligence.  However, in the criminal context, the Prosecution maintained that, notwithstanding, the standard of driving by KR fell below the standard expected of the competent, careful driver.

The District Judge was not so persuaded.  In acquitting the driver, she acknowledged that KR had stopped at the junction and correctly made checks; that KR had seen the oncoming motorcycle and had correctly determined that it was safe to go; but that circumstances had changed after KR had committed to the manoeuvre, the bike accelerating to a grossly excessive speed and, effectively, into collision, in circumstances where, had the bike been ridden safely, there would have been no collision.

The civil claim for personal injury and damage will be determined on a future date.

Thanks go to Tom Stevenson at Keoghs for all his hard work in preparing this case for trial.

Richard Dawson is an expert trial lawyer, specialising in road traffic law, defending drivers charged with offences arising out of catastrophic or fatal accidents.

Richard is also heavily involved in transport law, defending corporate bodies and individuals facing regulatory investigation and prosecution.

To instruct Richard Dawson, please contact Simon Duggan (, or a member of the Clerking team at 2 King’s Bench Walk ( on: 020 7353 1746.

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Three new tenants join 2KBW

We are delighted to welcome Daniel ShenSmith, Leigh Hart and Efstathios Divaris to Chambers; they will further strengthen our core practice areas and are the latest in a number of successful recruits since the turn of the year.

New Year. New Tenants.

2KBW are delighted to welcome 15 new tenants from 4th January 2021 to further strengthen our Criminal, Civil, Family & Immigrations Teams.  Please see our website for further details.

Michael Cogan
Rona Neathey
Paul Shea
Alexandra Wills
Yasin Din
George Patros
Shaheed Jussab
Cherreem Lindsay
Charlotte Fletcher
Zeeshan Raza
Nozir Uddin
Farhan Asghar
Sima Najma
Kamar Uddin
Zubair Mughal

2KBW’s Richard Witcombe and Richard Hutchings invited to take part in the first ever ‘Law Rocks – Apalooza’ global virtual concert

Richard Witcombe and Richard Hutchings band The Bar Mess is playing the first ever Law Rocks-Apalooza (a global “virtual” concert) on Thursday 10th December 2020 (8pm ET in the USA or 1am GMT), to be re-broadcast this Friday evening – Friday 11th December 2020 – at 8pm (GMT in the UK).  They are playing to benefit Leukaemia UK.

You can “attend” the concert from the comfort of your couch on Friday evening.  Their performance will feature John Thomson (BBC’s The Fast Show & Cold Feet) introducing us as Jazz Club’s Louis Balfour, and the event as a whole features appearances in support of other bands from the likes of Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Tommy Lee, and more.  Tickets are $25 and the proceeds of sales in their name will go to Leukaemia UK.  You can learn more and get tickets at, but just make sure that if you attend you select “The Bar Mess’ at the checkout.

Alex Kettle-Williams and Lawtons Criminal Defence Solicitors receive Trustpilot 5-star review

XXXX just left a new 5-star review of Lawtons Criminal Defence Solicitors | London & Wider:

We have been using Lawtons Criminal defence solicitors for 3 years now for my son (YP) who’s now 18 and we have just experienced our first crown court visit rather than magistrates court and I must say the service is outstanding, they just do a good job they care and make time to understand you and your case, they invest time when they are with you , always answer emails and calls and keep you regularly updated. I wouldn’t use anyone else where my sons concerned and he would say the same. Amore personal thank you goes out to Dawn McKnight, Angie deacon and our Barrister Alex I couldn’t of asked for a better outcome. thank you your team is amazing.

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