Mark Ruffell - Transport Law

Mark Ruffell - Transport Law profile

Mark has represented operators, transport managers and finance companies in hearings held by Traffic Commissioners. He is able to advise hauliers directly who are applying for a licence or are facing a public inquiry arising out of concerns over conduct or road worthiness. Mark is able to bring his extensive experience of dealing with planning applications to assist in contested applications for operating centres.

Mark is able to represent approved driving instructors and trainee instructors when appealing to the General Regulatory Tribunal against decisions made by the Registrar of Approved Driving Instructors.

Mark has represented Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle drivers in the Magistrates' and Crown Courts. 

Mark has represented numerous clients for Road Traffic Offences, from speeding cases through to cases of death by dangerous driving. He is aware of the potentially serious impact that such cases have upon clients and their families.

Mark regularly advises hauliers in relation to incidents where Border Force have become involved at points of entry into the United Kingdom.

Mark is a member of the Association of Road Transport Lawyers.

Examples of typical cases include:

  • Defended a motorist charged with causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drugs
  • Successfully represented a transport manager who had been disqualified indefinitely so she could regain her good repute.
  • Advised a European Haulage Company concerning problems encountered when Border Force seized a lorry that was carrying controlled drugs that had probably been hidden by a driver who was not an employee.
  • R. v. L.: (Defence): Represented L who was accused of causing serious injury by dangerous driving to three cyclists with a potential sentence of 3-5 years. He was acquitted at trial and convicted  of driving without care and attention and was sentenced to a fine and a period of disqualification. Martin driver who
  • Advised a European Haulage Company concerning problems encountered when Border Force seized a lorry that was carrying a clandestine entrant.
  • Successfully represented a bus company that had to appear before a Traffic Commissioner accused of fronting, an inadequate maintenance regime, lack of financial standing and an invisible transport manager.
  • Successfully represented a finance company whose vehicle had been impounded after it was being misused by the company that had lease purchased it. Bristol TC.




Year of call: 1992
  • Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Winchester
  • Legal Adviser to the GPhC, ACCA, NMC, GCC and CiLEX
  • Disciplinary Panel member of the Taxation Disciplinary Board (TDB)
Areas of specialism:
  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Business and Commercial
  • Courts Martial
  • Criminal
  • Ecclesiastical / Religion
  • Inquests and Inquiries
  • Public Access and Direct Access
  • Regulatory and Disciplinary
  • Transport Law
Additional languages:
  • French
  • Bachelor of Divinity (B.D. Hons. Lond., A.K.C.)
  • Diploma in Law (University of Westminster) 1991
  • Called to the Bar 1992 (Middle Temple)
Professional associations:
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Ecclesiastical Law Society
  • Ecclesiastical Judges’ Association
  • Western Circuit
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Association of Road Transport Lawyers
Outside Interests:
  • Mark is a former FA level 1 football coach and team manager, as well as being a Churchwarden and Borough Councillor.
  • Former member of a Licensing Authority’s Licensing Committee.
  • Member of Local authority crime and disorder panel from 2002-5.
  • Advisor to the Shadow Parliamentary Front Bench on Home Affairs from 1999-2001 (Mode of Trial Bill and Private Security Industry Bill).
  • Member of Local authority internal employment tribunal chairman from 1993-4.
Notable Cases:
  • R. v. Midmore [2017] EWCA Crim 533; Criminal Law Week 2017; 2017 CLR 793 lengthy commentary on hearsay in text messages
  • R. v. Martin [2014] EWCA Crim 1940; [2015] 1WLR 588; [2015] 1CrAppR 11; [2015] Crim LR 83 - meaning of supply
  • S, Burt & Others [2005] EWCA Crim 3616; Archbold 2018 5-507- extended sentences