Fare Evasion

Are London Transport or the Rail Authorities ordering you to attend court to answer a charge of fare evasion?

Worried that you might get a criminal record?

Concerned about the consequences this may have on your future career prospects or your current employment?

We have a specialist niche in representing professionals and other individuals accused of fare evasion.

Our success rate in persuading London Transport and the Rail Authorities to drop any charges and negotiate an out of court settlement is very high.

Different rail authorities have varying policies over settling these type of cases. If you want the reassurance of expert advice in this area please contact us.

“Anyone charged with fare evasion should consider seeking legal advice for two reasons.
First, in the vast majority of cases we have been instructed in, particularly with first time offenders, we have managed to secure out of court settlements by negotiating with the rail companies.

More importantly, a fare evasion conviction is not a trivial matter. A conviction may lead to a criminal record. This could cause problems in later life for anyone working in or wishing to enter the professions or seeking accreditation from a regulated body”. BSQ partner, Roger Sahota 

In our experience too many defendants fail to grasp the possible implications of a conviction for fare evasion and either ignore correspondence until it is too late or fail to take legal advice to see if they can defend or divert a prosecution.

if you are stopped by a ticket inspector you could later face charges under railway bye laws for not having a valid ticket in a restricted area, for fare evasion with intent or even under the Fraud Act 2003. Even convictions for byelaw offences – which are non –recordable - may stay on your criminal record for life.

Having to reveal any conviction could present problems when applying for a job or professional accreditation,  a visa to travel abroad or with an immigration application. The case of Richard Burrows, a former MD of Blackrock Asset Management, reputedly earning over £1m a year, is an extreme example of what can happen. Burrows lost his job and was banned for life from any senior role in the financial services industry, after it came to light that he had evaded £43,000 in rail fares by not tapping in at his home station and paying a fare for a shorter journey at his destination.

Case Studies

  • Client A, a law student of previous good character. A was stopped on a bus and was using her mother’s travel card. A was summonsed to attend court and charged with fare evasion. If convicted, she may have been unable to practice as a lawyer. Following representations, an out of court settlement was agreed. The charges were discontinued.

 

  • Client B was a trainee chef. He was stopped leaving a train station having travelled without a ticket. Before instructing us she pleaded not guilty and the matter was set down for trial. With our intervention and assistance an out of court negotiation was reached and the case dropped.

 

  • Client C held a senior position in an investment firm. A conviction for fare evasion could have led to regulatory intervention and his dismissal. On the eve of his first court appearance we persuaded the prosecution to settle the case.

 

  • Client D. A finance professional working in Canary Wharf, had repeatedly used her partners student travel card when travelling to work. After representations, LT agreed to offer her a final warning. Taking into account the frequent use made of the card, D was asked and agreed to pay a substantial settlement to LT. 

 

  • Client E was a media professional travelling to work in Central London with a zone 1 travelcard although her journey began in zone 3. E was particularly concerned at the impact a conviction would have on her work permit renewal as a foreign citizen. After representations an out of court settlement was agreed.       

We offer a fixed fee service for out of court settlements.

Fare Evasion News

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