Mr Loophole makes daughter pay
Published 09/09/2010 | 13:14
A lawyer known as Mr Loophole for helping celebrity clients evade driving bans has refused to help his own daughter fight a speeding ticket.
Nick Freeman, who defends celebrities accused of traffic offences, said he wanted Sophie, 19, to learn her lesson from the punishment.
Mr Freeman, who lives in Cheshire, said he could have found a way to defeat the fine, but he decided the punishment would help teach her to drive safely.
Speaking in his column for the Manchester Evening News, Mr Freeman said: "Mr Loophole the lawyer was in conflict with Mr Loophole the dad.
"Every fibre of my parental instinct told me that Sophie had to understand the consequences of breaking the law and that speeding can be a serious and dangerous issue.
"I'm a hypocrite. I know."
Mr Freeman has famously helped a string of celebrity clients avoid driving bans, including Sir Alex Ferguson, Jeremy Clarkson and David Beckham, by finding unusual technical defences for their speeding.
His daughter was driving back from the family's apartment in North Wales when she was clocked doing 63mph in a temporary 50mph zone.
She was driving a Mini Cabriolet registered to her father's law firm. A letter arrived at the company's offices days later stating that its driver faced a £60 fine and three licence points.
Miss Freeman, who has been driving for 18 months, said she would pay the fine out of her own savings.