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Magistrates brand Porsche-driving corporate lawyer caught speeding seven times in just eight months a ‘disgrace to your profession’

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Blamed the stress of his 17-hour working day

Porsche Panamera Turbo (Credit: Wikicommons – Alexandre Prévo)

A top corporate lawyer has been labelled a “disgrace to your profession” by magistrates after he was caught speeding seven times in just eight months while driving his high-powered Porsche and Mercedes cars.

Matt Fleetwood, chief executive at Manchester-based outfit Beyond Corporate, was clocked speeding five times on the same stretch of road on his commute to work in his Porsche Panamera Turbo, Manchester Evening News reports.

The 49-year-old — who previously held the position of managing partner in Fieldfisher‘s Manchester office, according to his LinkedIn — was also caught speeding on a further two occasions in his Mercedes S350 between November and July last year. He already had nine points on his driving licence.

Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how Fleetwood was caught at speeds of between 38mph and 49mph in a 30mph zone. He admitted seven charges of speeding but blamed his conduct on a change in the speed limit, claiming he had been driving on “auto pilot”.

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Fleetwood’s lawyer, Peter Grogan, reportedly said:

“Mr Fleetwood is deeply embarrassed by the number of offences. He has been regularly driving along that road for some 20 years whilst he drives to and from his work. The speed limit has been 30mph for most of that period and it changed to 30 about three years ago.”

He also claimed Fleetwood had been suffering from stress from working 17 hours a day and argued that a disqualification would have a detrimental impact on his firm as he had to travel in search of new business.

Unfortunately, the court didn’t agree. Banning him from driving for six months under the ‘totting-up procedure’ and fining him £3,300, the magistrates said:

“Well Mr Fleetwood, you stand there looking embarrassed and so you should. Someone like you driving with a heavy foot in your Porsche.”

Branding him an “absolute disgrace to your profession”, they continued: “A six month disqualification is the sentence — and believe me, it could be more.”

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37 Comments

Anonymous

Now, as they paint the cameras yellow and he clocked up all the points on the same road, you’d have thought he’d have the common sense to notice after he got the first PND that it would be an idea to slow down whilst passing the speed camera. Once is unfortunate, 8 times looks like carelessness.

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Anonymous

More like he just doesn’t give a fuck

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Anonymous

Yes, the “arrogant twat” red flags are there from his driving all the way round to his pathetic excuses to avoid a ban. Probably bought a Porsche to make up for his insecurities at being bald.

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Anonymous

Magistrates are also a disgrace. Jumped up control freaks.

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Anonymous

Hi matt

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Anonymous

“The speed limit has been 30mph for most of that period and it changed to 30 about three years ago.”

Assume that the speed limit was previously 50 rather than 30?

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Anonymous

Plebs. Don’t hate, procreate.

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Anonymous

Would be even better give the police seizure powers of vehicles

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Wage gimp

You would’ve thought that running some small-time chop shop doesn’t earn enough for a Porsche…

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Anonymous

Most of us could afford 600 quid a month on the tick if we wanted

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Anonymous

Assuming you have a margin of 30% (pretty standard), if you hold all the equity that only needs a million quid a year on the top line to make enough for a Panamera.

Given he’s a big-ish name in the Manc legal market, I expect Beyond Corporate turns over more than that.

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Worst headline ever

Anonymous Legal Cheek reader brands headline of this article about a Porsche-driving corporate lawyer caught speeding seven times in just eight months ‘convoluted’ and ‘tortuous’

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Anonymous

I genuinely could not understand it before reading the opening paragraph.

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Latham NQ

The only embarrassment is that he was driving himself. I’m only 24 but getting a chauffeur is one of the best decisions I ever made.

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Kirkland NQ

You’re paying someone to chauffeur you around instead of driving your own Lambo? Betacuck

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Anonymous

0/10

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Anonymous

His speeding might not bring the profession into disrepute but his cowardly attempts to avoid responsibility for his behaviour on the other hand a disgrace.

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Anon

Freshfields Manchester office? Lolz.

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Anonymous

“Fieldfisher‘s Manchester office” Try again

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Anonymous

Absolutely TOP, I am sure.

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Anonymous

Fieldfisher, forever bringing Freshfields into disrepute.

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Passerby

I’m fairly sure Freshfields doesn’t need the help.

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Anonymous

Just because you advise people in respect of the law, I don’t think that should mean you must personally adhere to it in an odd show of blind faith.

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Anonymous

Yes I too don’t see the point of adhering to the law with ‘blind faith’, I’m what might be called agnostic to the law

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Anonymous

Taxis and trains like the rest of us then.

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Anonymous

I think if you’re dumb enough to be caught on the same stretch within a year the points should double each time you are caught. Funny how so many high flyers in all walks of life have 0% common sense.

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Jock

Fresco burgers 20 for 4 quid!!

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Regional paralegal

The fuck does a magistrate even know about our profession ?

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Anonymous

How dare non-qualified people talk about the qualified.

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Power mad magistrate

WeLl Mr FleEtwoOd, yOu stanD tHere loOkinG eMbarRassEd AnD So yOu shOuLd. SOmoNe liKe yOu drIvInG wItH a HeaVy foOt in yOuR PoRsChE

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Archibald Pomp O'City

I say, those beaks were a trifle OTT. An “absolute disgrace to his profession”?

He may be bald as a coot, but at least he’s slim.

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Baldy bald boy of Baldsville.

Oh Matt, what have you done now?

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Me Myself and I

Above and beyond.

At Beyond, we are different. Not ‘just for the sake of it’ different, or ‘wow, look how different we are’ different. For us, being different is a happy by-product of our vision of a new way of doing law. We challenge the norm, take a step back and re-evaluate everything we have lived and known for decades. We don’t stand still, we look ahead, and we actually do things differently.

That says it all

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