Laura Newton specialises in transport and road traffic law, regularly representing clients nationwide.
She deals with all aspects of operator licensing, Traffic Commissioner hearing and civil penalties, providing expert advice and advocacy to operators, transport managers and drivers. She regularly appears in the press providing expert opinion to the industry.
Laura has vast experience in the criminal courts assisting those facing prosecution for motoring matters. She is able to help clients avoid conviction or disqualification with an excellent track record for success. She has previously worked as Magistrates’ Court Legal Adviser enabling her to have a unique perspective into the Criminal Justice System.
Laura is a member of RHA, FTA, East Midlands Freight Council and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
Qualifications & Experience
Laura has 10 years’ experience in the Magistrates’ Courts dealing with motoring prosecutions and regulatory law and more recently assisting businesses and professional drivers and defending many thousands of motorists. Laura qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and completed her degree in law at the University of Central Lancashire. She worked as a Presenting Officer in the Tribunal for the Home Office from 2006 and then as a Legal Adviser for Her Majesty’s Court Service for over nine years between 2008 and 2015. Laura joined Rothera Sharp as a transport solicitor in 2015 and became an associate in June 2017.
The Lace Market
Transport & Regulatory
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
Driving Licence Entitlements and Totting Up
Representation at Coroners' Inquests
Health & Safety
Environment Agency Prosecutions
Seeing friends and family
"Without the conscientious and professional service from Laura on my speeding case I would not have got the positive outcome I received . I am very grateful to Laura and the very professional Support I received from the firm".
"I owe you a huge thank you for helping me keep my driving licence. I found your relaxed and professional manner very reassuring throughout our meetings and through my hearing. Your preparations and advice was very balanced and I was grateful to you for realistic clarity on what outcomes were likely and best suited our case. Whilst I hope I don’t not need to come see you again I expect it would be a very pleasant, well managed, experience."
"Thanks for your help Laura in having my speeding prosecution discontinued. I'll certainly recommend you to friends."
"Right from the first meeting with Laura she made me feel comfortable about a negative situation. I had been worrying about my licence and she had put a lot of hope in me over the months leading up to the court date. She was always there to call in case of any questions and explained everything in a simple way. Laura was brilliant, she spoke so well and I would trust her on any case-a real professional! Thank you once again Laura, me and my family are really happy with the result I got."
"I found Laura Newton to be extremely helpful and professional at all times, I am almost certain that I could not have resolved my case with out her expertise! I would highly recommend this firm of solicitors to any one! once again thank you."
“Rothera Sharp were more than helpful when assisting me with my case. They took off a lot of stress from my part and handled everything very professionally. I will use them again in the future should I have any other legal matters that need dealing with.”
"Laura at Rothera Sharp used her expertise to prevent our son being convicted of a motoring offence that he did not commit. She guided us through every step; and although the police did pass it to the CPS and the courts she successfully had the case withdrawn. It cost us about 10-15% of what the fine and two years increase in insurance premium would have been and it was worth every penny.”
"Just a short note to say many thanks for your help and assistance with my court case. I am, of course, very pleased and relieved with the outcome. Regardless, however, I feel that you personally and your Company researched the case well, did everything necessary to achieve the result and were extremely diligent. The advice given was well presented, well thought out and knowledgeable. The potential outcomes were also explained in detail and I was made very clear as to my position. I would most definitely recommend yourself and your Company and I certainly know where to come if I need any legal advice in the future. It was a pleasure to meet you and to have your represent me. Thanks again for all your help and assistance."
"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."
"I had to deal with three professionals: Laura Newton, Olivia Maginn and Georgina Geddes. All of whom were fantastic! They put me to ease from the very start, right down to when I was being represented in court. Olivia delivered a fantastic case on my behalf and got the result I wanted and more importantly, needed. Thanks to everyone on the team. Highly recommended to all!"
"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
"Excellent service from Laura and the team - prompt, polite and with the desired outcome. I called a number of solicitors prior to instructing Rothera Sharp; I found Laura very knowledgeable and professional in her approach and chose her to represent me. Laura and the team took over the case and dealt with the court directly, which took a lot of the stress off me and allowed me to continue with daily life. I would definitely recommend Laura and the team!"
Motoring Law Client
"Laura, thank you. I wish to say that your service and help was excellent ! If I will have any friends in similar situation in the near future then you can be sure that I will send them directly to you."
"I must congratulate you on the very professional manner in which you considered all aspects of the case. I am very aware that without your professionalism the outcome could have been different."
"I would highly recommend this solicitor firm. They took my case on 3 days before the court hearing and I had a 5 hour drive to get there. They basically sorted everything out before the court date so I didn’t have to attend and all charges where dropped. Thank you very much to Laura Newton and the firm for the great result."
"From the first enquiry we spoke directly to Laura who was very helpful and we quickly resolved what was needed for the upcoming hearing. At the hearing we felt she really helped to mitigate the circumstances fantastically and the outcome could have been much worse had it not been for her assistance. Laura is very professional and thorough and we couldn’t be happier with the result. We would highly recommend the company and in particular Laura Newton."
"Laura has on two separate occasions supported a case for my partner and I. The first time she was great which is why we instructed her again on the second occasion. Laura is very thorough, takes you through the process step by step and is clear, professional and supportive throughout the time you have dealings with her. Laura presented herself to the Judge very confidently and had all areas of questioning covered with extensive details; by giving Laura as much information as possible for her to work with regarding your situation Laura will do her upmost to challenge where necessary and be compassionate where required. If we ever needed legal support again Laura would be the only person we would want to deal with. She is obviously a credit to the company."
"I just wanted to thank you for your hard work on my case, for your very professional help and getting me a good result."
"Thank you for all your assistance in gaining the positive outcome for me, at the court case yesterday. Your help in this matter is greatly appreciated."
"I was represented by Laura at trial for a traffic offence and thanks to Laura was found not guilty. I was extremely grateful for all her advice and assistance throughout and would not hesitate to recommend her services."
"Laura represented me in a road traffic accident, her professionalism and experience were very helpful in my case and I would recommend her to deal with prosecution following a road traffic accident and any transport issues."
“Laura represented me in relation to a charge of drink driving and had the prosecution withdrawn at the very first hearing, I would have no hesitation to recommend her.”
"Laura was a great help with a tricky Operating Licence issue . She was able to liaise directly with all concerned to produce a positive outcome for which I am very grateful."
“I would like to say ‘thank you’ for all the help you gave me in court on the verge of my licence being revoked. You did a good job and I could not have done it without you. To keep my licence was remarkable. Thank you very much.”
"Laura represented me for a high level speeding offence before the Court. She was able to persuade the Court not to disqualify me which was a great outcome. I really appreciated the support and I’m glad things went so well."
"Laura represented me in an application for early return of my driving licence. She helped make sure that the Judge understood my current circumstances and present my case thoroughly. I am now able to drive a year sooner than otherwise would be the case. I would recommend Laura to friends and family."
"Laura represented me at Court and was able to provide me with helpful advice and secure a positive outcome. I was pleased with the professional service I received and would recommend her to family and friends. I much appreciated that she was easy to talk to and communicate with.”
“Laura drafted a statement of mitigation on my behalf in relation to a hearing before the Traffic Commissioner, I was really pleased with the outcome of the case and would recommend using this service.”
“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 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
"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. Laura Newton is highly recommended"
Legal 500, 2017