Anton Balkitis leads the transport law team and is a nationally recognised road transport lawyer and motoring law specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rothera Sharp Solicitors. He is one of the country’s leading experts in his field and has been recognised as a leading individual by the Legal 500 and Chambers legal directories for many years. In 2018 he was recognised by the Legal 500 Hall of Fame as a lawyer who has received constant praise from his clients for continued excellence. Legal 500 states that “The Hall of Fame highlights partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession”. Legal 500 describes that Anton has “a wealth of experience on all aspects of transport law..”.
Anton deals with road transport and regulatory law for all types of business. Anton is able to provide expert legal advice and advocacy defending commercial operators, professional drivers and private motorists on a wide range of prosecutions including vehicle offences and licence entitlements. He represents at both Goods and Passenger Service Vehicle Operator Licensing public inquiries before Traffic Commissioners. He is a regular in Magistrates’ Courts across England & Wales. As well as being a member of the main transport trade associations, Anton sits on the Freight Transport Association’s Regional Freight Council. He is also is a member of the International Road Transport Union’s Legal Assistance Network and frequently acts for EU and Non EU operators in Carrier’s Liability (Clandestine Entrants) cases and with vehicle seizures. Anton is based at our Lace Market office in Nottingham.
Qualifications & Experience
Anton has over 25 years’ experience in transport law and regulatory compliance, assisting businesses and professional drivers and many thousands of motorists. He graduated from Keele University in 1984 with a degree in Law and Politics and completed the legal practice course in law at the College of Law, Chancery Lane in 1985. Anton worked for another local firm when he qualified in 1988 before he joined Rothera Sharp in 1989, and he became a partner in 1992.
The Lace Market
Transport & Regulatory
Director of AJ Balkitis Ltd
Marketing Partner at Rothera Sharp
Head of Transport
Areas of Specialism
Representation in Magistrates' and Crown Courts
Traffic Commissioners' Disciplinary and Environmental Public Inquiries
Motorist Defence & all Road Traffic Offences
Prosecutions for Goods & PSV Operators & Drivers
Advocacy at Trials, Appeals and Plea Hearings
Operator Licensing & Regulatory Compliance
Civil Penalties & Stowaways
International / Carriers Liability
Driver Conduct hearings
Vehicle Seizures / Impounding
Driving Licence Entitlements and Totting Up
Representation at Coroners' Inquests
Health & Safety
Environment Agency Prosecutions
The Great Outdoors
Travel / Sightseeing
Road Haulage Association
Freight Transport Association (Regional Council)
Builders Merchants Federation
International Road Transport Union
Association of Trial Lawyers
Nottingham City Business Club
"I met Anton on the morning of my hearing, he's the ultimate professional and put me at ease with how everything would go. Great at what he does, I sat in the courtroom really pleased that I had him in my corner representing me. We ended up with a positive outcome, I was potentially losing my licence for 6 months due to totting up, but, I'm driving to work today :-) I really can't thank these guys enough, I'd have no hesitation in recommending this company to anyone."
"I just wanted to say a big thank you for your help and support over a very difficult period. Anton and the team guided us through the investigation and inquest with empathy and expert legal help and we would like to thank Rothera Sharp for their understanding and professionalism."
Mr & Mrs M Charles
"I was very satisfied with the way that Rothera Sharp handled my case. Efficient professional service throughout from Georgina and thank you to Anton for representing me so well in court. As transport lawyers they certainly know their industry "
Mr J Robbins
“I cannot praise highly enough the efficient team at Rothera Sharp. Georgina was an absolute pleasure to deal with, putting me at ease and on that basis I was happy to instruct. Anton represented me putting forward everything in a succinct and professional manner and helping me achieve the right result. Thank you.”
Mrs V Rowley
"I just want to say thank you for all your help and support the last few months and I can't thank Georgina and Anton enough for the outcome. It was a pleasure speaking to you both and I really do appreciate everything you have done."
Ms C Houghton
“I couldn’t have been happier and more pleased with the highly professional skills and caring approach that Anton showed when he represented me in Court. Thank you for your support, experience and professionalism”.
Mr J Rawstron
"I found Laura and Anton related to me on a very human level and were always very reassuring with any concerns I had during what was a very threatening and worrying time. They really listened and put forward a good exceptional hardship case in court, which enabled me to keep my driving licence. I would definitely recommend them as they are clearly very knowledgeable and experienced in this field."
“As a professional driver I was directed to Anton by my employer. Anton and Georgina helped secure an unbelievable result for me, beyond what should have been possible in the circumstances after I was charged with a very serious motoring offence. Georgina was amazing and kept me and my family well informed and up to date during a very difficult and stressful time with us, patiently answering any questions we had and explaining everything in a simple and easy to understand way. I am extremely grateful to them for this."
"I was in desperate need of support through my court case for a speeding offence. I was highly anxious and quite terrified of losing my driving licence. I need my licence for many things including my employment. I contacted Rothera Sharp and my worries were immediately taken seriously and met with kindness and compassion, easing my anxieties and putting my mind at rest and reassuring me that I could be supported through this. At the court attendance I was met by Anton and I was dealt with in a very professional but compassionate manner, Anton supported me through this experience and managed to argue my case highly successfully, winning my case, keeping my licenCe for me, and "keeping me on the road"......I would highly recommend Rothera Sharp to anyone else in the same predicament as me and if the need arose I would definitely use them again. Thank you so much."
“We’ve used Anton and Rothera Sharp for many years and are always delighted with the clear, calm and sound advice. With Anton you’re always in good hands.”
Lucie Oglesby, Pykett Bros. Haulage
“I thought it was only right for me to express my gratitude to Anton and the team for a fantastic job well done. I was in dire straights but Anton got an excellent outcome for me at court and so I’m happy to give this testimonial to the fact you are in the best of hands with him and the lawyers at Rothera Sharp.”
Mr B Garside
“I was impressed by the quiet, calm efficiency of Anton in guiding me through what was a stressful and alien environment and can only say that compared to what might have been, the outcome was better than I dreamed possible.”
"From the very first call I made to Rothera Sharp I was reassured and felt in capable, sympathetic and professional hands with Laura and Anton. Their support and calm advice was really helpful. The court told me that I had been 'excellently represented by my solicitor' and it is true. Anton, your representation really was excellent and the court's compliment was most well deserved. Thank you both so much".
Ms M Marinoni
“I'm very happy with the outcome of my case. Big thanks to Georgina and Anton. I had excellent service from everyone I dealt with. They always kept me in the picture as the case progressed and on the day of court I got the best possible outcome. Many thanks to you.”
"Thank you for your support and advice. The outcome of my court hearing was the best I could have hoped for, thank you for putting everything so professionally, you did a great job!"
Mr Stuart East
“You are doing a great job and I really appreciate all you did for me. I received a very professional service from Georgina. Anton was thoroughly prepared and presented my case most eloquently. I would fully recommend your services”.
Mr S K
"Just want to say a huge thank you to you all for your assistance with my case and to Anton for representing me so well this afternoon. The decision, 6 penalty points and no driving disqualification was a brilliant result."
“We were called to a public inquiry regarding our O Licence and I instructed Anton to represent before the Traffic Commissioner. Anton was able to safeguard the licence and is very knowledgeable in road transport law. I would always recommend his help on transport matters.”
Mick Moody, Moody International Refrigeration Ltd
“I would like to say a big thank you for all your efforts in preparation of my case and on the day of the hearing. I am relieved on achieving this unlikely result and thanks to you I can continue to support my family and friends.”
Mr R Taheem
"It was a pleasure working with Anton and Sandra. Thank you for all your help. I can’t speak highly enough of them. Rothera Sharp specialise in Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiries and are simply the best!"
E Colson, Transport Manager, Colson Transport Ltd.
"I recently used Anton to defend me on my speeding case. It was going to be a difficult one having argued exceptional hardship twice in the last 18 months. Anton put together a novel argument outlining the impact of a driving ban on television production companies and charitable organisations with which I work. The court accepted the argument and I escaped a driving ban. When it comes to driving offences, as a professional motorcycle racer and lorry driver I would not hesitate to recommend Anton and his team."
Guy Martin, road racer, engine builder, professional pistonhead and star of film and TV, Lincolnshire
"Anton represented at the Magistrates Court and got an excellent outcome for us. At all times the service was professional and I can heartily recommend Anton as an advocate."
When it comes to solicitors that specialise in motoring I cannot speak highly enough of Rothera Sharp. Anton’s attention to detail and professionalism is truly first class and the support from Georgina and the team helped us through a stressful process. The successful outcome was in no small part due to their experience in this field, many thanks.
Mr S W Begnor
"I instructed the firm to assist in obtaining an Operator's Licence for my Company. The Team knew what the Traffic Commissioner wanted and made detailed representations on my behalf to secure the grant of my Operator's Licence. I can highly recommend Rothera Sharp concerning issues with the Traffic Commissioner's Office."
Nigel Haines, Phil Haines Coaches Ltd
"Your service throughout has been efficient, courteous and professional. I would not hesitate to recommend to any of my family, friends and acquaintances."
Robert Ball, Technical Author
"Anton did a fantastic job and handled my case in a very professional manner. I would not hesitate to recommend him and the team at Rothera Sharp."
Sam Sehmi, Sehmi Engineers
"I have worked with Anton on numerous occasions and find his dedication and commitment to his profession outstanding. He has an in depth knowledge of the industry and an unquestionable ability to apply his legal knowledge to real operational situations. Anton's ability to work closely with the business under pressure is a key skill and I have no hesitation in recommending him."
John Matthews, Head Of UK Fleet & Procurement MSOE MIRTE EngTech at XPO Logistics
"On product knowledge, they are on top of their game i.e extensive knowledge of road transport law & a constant willingness to help."
Chris Ruane, Public Authority Development Officer at The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport
"I’d like to say that Anton represented us at a Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry and did a fantastic job in helping us prepare. He also secured the best possible outcome with only a formal warning for the company and our driver. I can certainly recommend his services."
Dan Fordham, Danfords Construction Equipment Ltd
"Rothera Sharp helped us to get penalties for carrying clandestine entrants substantially reduced. We would not hesitate to recommend their services in dealing with the UK Border Force."
Franciso Munoz, Car Volum, Valencia
"A second to none advocacy service from Anton secured a great outcome for my case. They were courteous and most efficient to deal with. I am so glad I contacted them."
"The Police were going to interview under caution with a view to prosecution but Anton persuaded them to take no further action. I have never had the need for motoring solicitors before but if I or someone else that I know ever needs this in the future, I will absolutely recommend your services. Thank you very much for all that you have done."
Mrs V Hinton, Office Manager
"Anton obtained an excellent result getting the charge dropped; needless to say both our employee and Head of HR are very happy with the outcome, many thanks indeed!"
"With Olivia's expert advice, Lorraine's detailed preparation and Anton's clear representation at court, the team at Rothera Sharp were able to keep me on the roads! I would not hesitate to recommend their services in any motoring offences case."
"Anton’s persistence helped secure our operator’s licence. His representation at public inquiry and help throughout was exceptional. The service was worth every penny!"
Susan Briggs, Rapid Travel Ltd
"I was delighted with the representation that Anton provided and I would have lost my licence without his help! Thank you also to Laura for her exemplary service."
Mrs J H
“I would like to extend my sincere thanks for your recent representation at Derby Magistrates Court. From the very start your firm "got it right". Laura Newton gave honest and accurate legal advice, a direct contact number and an estimated cost. Other firms, failed to return calls, had no one to give advice and were no competition to your initial service. Then, thank you to your confident presentation in Court, I received a superb result that enabled me to continue driving. All in all I have been completely satisfied with your service. Thank you.”
Mr V Legaye
"I highly recommend efficient, proactive and highly competent Mr Balkitis and his excellent team of skilled legal experts that support our Company in the UK"
Frederic Giustetti, Vice President of Operations, Transfreight Automotive Logistics Europe
"Anton Balkitis frequently represents the operators of both goods and passenger vehicles in court proceedings. Clients remark: "He has a commercial understanding of real-life issues and will always provide a balanced view."
"Anton Balkitis heads the firm's road transport regulatory team. He advises both domestic and international operators on a range of compliance matters. Clients describe him as "extremely knowledgeable on all matters of road transport law," adding that "he always has time to discuss and go the extra mile.".
"Anton Balkitis represents national and international goods and passenger service vehicle operators on a wide variety of road transport law matters. One impressed client reports: "He is very legally knowledgeable and has the commercial understanding to ensure we make the right decision that will work for our business."
"Clients point to Anton Balkitis, First ranked in Chambers UK 2007, as "a first port of call" for road regulatory matters and add that "his representation in court was exemplary."
"Advises commercial operators, professional drivers and private motorists, and is a panel solicitor for the Road Haulage Association and the Freight Transport Association."
"Very approachable and communicative, which helps immensely when dealing with a diverse range of people and business scenarios."
"He is highly thought of as a great choice of counsel in defending allegations of regulatory and criminal breaches. He can be relied upon for his "excellent service," according to highly satisfied clients."
"...has first-class knowledge, not only of the law but also of the industry. This gives him a great advantage when interpreting our needs and advising us on the best way to achieve a successful outcome."
"He wins praise for the thoroughness of his research and the absolute dedication he shows to clients."
"helpful, prompt and knowledgeable on all aspects of transport”…and “…eloquent in helping to mitigate liability, and clearly knows what he is doing."
"Demonstrating a ‘high understanding of client business requirements’... provides ‘superior service’ to clients dealing with public inquiries, prosecutions and appeals of court judgments as well as challenging the decisions of the Office of the Traffic Commissioner."
Legal 500 2017
"Specialises in road and freight transport law with regulatory advice at the core of the practice. 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."
Legal 500, 2018
"Rothera Sharp Solicitors’ ‘exceptional’ department is particularly renowned for assisting commercial vehicle operators on a wide spectrum of transport law-related issues such as civil penalties, prosecutions and traffic commissioner public inquiries. Anton Balkitis and Olivia Maginn come highly recommended."
Legal 500, 2016
"Outstanding' team wins praise for its 'comprehensive knowledge of the road haulage industry'...'Anton Balkitis is lauded for his 'exemplary' representation of clients."
Legal 500 2015
"Industry knowledge is at the highest level.' 'Extremely knowledgeable...very impressive."
Legal 500 2014
"First class knowledge, not only of the law but also of the industry."
Legal 500 2013
'...has ‘first-class knowledge of the industry’; "excellent"
Legal 500 2012
"Probably the most experienced transport firm in the country'. Anton has 'a wealth of experience on all aspects of transport law and has achieved excellent results for his clients in regulatory investigations and prosecutions."
Legal 500 2011
The firm is “…a ‘first-choice’ practice” for Road Transport Law
Legal 500 2010