Howard Catherall

Howard Catherall

Practice Areas

My work focuses on helping businesses and individuals who have a problem which needs resolving. My specialist areas of law are:

Transport & Logistics Law
Regulatory and Criminal Defence
Dispute Resolution

Transport & Logistics Law:

Since 2008 I have been recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’ in Transport Law by the Legal 500.

I advise and assist clients on the following:

• Operator Licensing Compliance
• DVSA and Police Investigations
• Criminal Court Cases
• Fixed Penalties
• Prohibitions
• Public Inquiries
• Driver Conduct Hearings
• Impoundings
• Condemnation / Restoration Proceedings
• Clandestine Entrants

Regulatory / Criminal Defence:

I am a Higher Rights Advocate, which means that I can represent clients in both the Magistrates and Crown Court.

In addition to defending road transport related allegations, I advise and represent clients who face investigation and prosecution for traffic offences and other criminal allegations, such as offences of violence or dishonesty.

Dispute Resolution:

My work in this area tends towards high value or complex disputes, often working with the transport sector and dealing with disputes arising overseas.

I always take a considered approach to resolving disputes, covering:

• Initial identification of action needed to minimise the damage
• Applying for an injunction (where appropriate)
• Settlement negotiations, such as mediation
• Court Proceedings


I am a Partner at Gotelee Solicitors, based in Ipswich and Felixstowe. I joined Gotelee in 2000 after training at a niche regulatory and criminal defence firm in central London.

I am a fluent Italian speaker, having worked in Italy for 3 years before embarking on a career in law and I have a sound working knowledge of French.


In the UK, clients are both local and national. I have personally represented clients in Courts from the Old Bailey to the Rhondda, from Chichester to Macclesfield, been before the Traffic Commissioner in Cambridge, Bristol, Birmingham, Eastbourne and Leeds, and mediated settlements in London and Manchester.

Overseas I have negotiated with French bankers and the French Tax Authorities in Paris and La Rochelle. I have excellent working relationships with specialist and reliable lawyers in Belgium and the Netherlands on road transport matters and in Paris for litigation in France.

I am happy to travel to meet with clients or have meetings via Skype.



“Thank you so much for all of your work. Your diligence and calm manner throughout really helped me deal with the stresses this all caused and I cannot thank you enough.” AT, Suffolk


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