He is the go-to lawyer whose renowned knowledge of motoring laws has secured the acquittal of hundreds of clients, including a string of celebrities ranging from David Beckham to Jeremy Clarkson.
But the latest legal success achieved by Nick Freeman, whose track record has earned him the nickname “Mr Loophole”, marks one of the more unusual in his 25-year career – as his client had already pleaded guilty.
The Crown Prosecution Service has now been forced to do a U-turn and drop the speeding case after Mr Freeman’s practice stepped in and exposed fundamental flaws in police traffic video evidence taken at the time of the alleged offence.
On the advice of another firm of solicitors and counsel, his businessman client had initially pleaded guilty in court to a charge of speeding, where the alleged speed was in excess of 101mph in his Bentley Continental last summer on the M5 in Worcestershire.
But when he instructed Manchester-based solicitors Freeman and Co to represent him at a subsequent hearing for sentencing, it became clear from viewing footage taken by the motorway patrol car that there was no evidence to link the defendant to the speed alleged.
“What this revealed to us was a lack of correlation between the written testimony of the officers and the video evidence,” said Mr Freeman.
“The on-board video shows that between the start and stop of the speed check, the patrol car lost sight of the target vehicle and tracked a number of other vehicles before following the Bentley again at a far slower speed.
“At no point is there any video evidence at all to link my client’s vehicle with the 101.77mph speed alleged by the prosecution.”
He added: “Although I have been involved in similar cases before, they are a rarity and underline the absolute importance of obtaining the correct legal advice.
“Without question, had the video evidence not been carefully scrutinised, then this man would have faced a huge fine and inevitably been disqualified which in turn would have had a detrimental impact upon his livelihood.”
Freeman and Co made a successful application for the original guilty plea to be rescinded and the case was adjourned for trial.
At the 11th hour before the hearing was due to be heard tomorrow (August 12), the CPS decided to discontinue the prosecution.
They concluded that there was now insufficient to provide a realistic chance of conviction.