My work focuses on helping businesses and individuals who have a problem which needs resolving. My specialist areas of law are:
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
• Public Inquiries
• Driver Conduct Hearings
• 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.
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.
The Legal 500 which is an impartial view on legal service providers stated (2015):
‘Howard Catherall at Gotelee Solicitors regularly defend clients accused of fraud and corrupt business practices’.
‘Howard Catherall is an able criminal solicitor with great people skills.’ Who has ‘great ability as both lawyer and advocate, represented the director of a national haulier accused of tachograph falsification’.
‘Howard Catherall is a heavyweight litigator for transport disputes’.
The 2014 Legal 500 quoted me as ‘intelligent and tenacious’.
When I’m not working I spend all of my time with my family, playing a little tennis (badly) and cursing the hand that dealt me a love of the Canaries, Cagliari Calcio and Welsh rugby.
"Approachable, very efficient, always willing to take my calls and update me."
"We were very pleased to have Jade as our solicitor, the service was excellent and we felt kept in the loop which minimised stress"
"I have used Tracey Hammond at Gotelee on a number of occasions and in my opinion, she is simply the most efficient conveyancing solicitor I have ever worked with. From the outset, she took the time to understand my specific business requirements and to date, she has exceeded all of my expectations."
- Dale Fiddy - Portobello Developments Ltd
"I don't think this house sale would have pulled together without Jo's determination and expertise. Excellent!"
"Jade Shelton was absolutely fantastic!! Professional and proactive at all times."
"This is by far the go-to firm for any issues. You are made to feel valued from the outset and they are so confident in what they do. Wouldn't recommend any other. Thank you Hugh and Max."
- Ros Jones
"Domini was very fast and efficient in carrying out her work for me - she was also very good at explaining things to me"
"Prompt, helpful, polite and very professional service"
"The ease that we could access and speak to Pat Smith - Thank you"
"We found Rachel Dawson outstanding, polite, professional and caring."