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04th Sep 2018

David Beckham fights ‘unlimited fine’ speeding charge with loophole lawyer

Golden balls has enlisted 'Mr Loophole' Nick Freeman to answer a speeding ticket

Oli Dugmore

Golden balls has enlisted ‘Mr Loophole’ Nick Freeman to answer a speeding ticket

David Beckham is being defended against a speeding charge by a lawyer known as ‘Mr Loophole’, Nick Freeman.

The former England captain is accused of driving a Bentley through Kensington, London at 59mph in a 40mph zone after 5.30pm on January 23.

Beckham entered a not guilty plea, accepting he broke the speed limit but fighting the allegation on a technicality – that he received the penalty notice a day late.

His solicitor is Nick Freeman, a Manchester-based lawyer commonly known as Mr Loophole. He argued in court that his client was not served a notice of intended prosecution within the 14 day limit.

“I’m not disputing it wasn’t served. I’m saying it was served out of time,” Mr Freeman said. “There’s no issue in terms of driving or speed limit. There’s no issue taken with that at all.”

He said that Bentley had loaned the vehicle to the 43-year-old and the notice arrived a day past its time limit.

The former footballer was not present in court and when asked by the judge if his client would be attending proceedings Mr Freeman replied: “I don’t anticipate it.”

Mr Freeman said that if the case goes against his client and if the result is disqualification, he would “make it abundantly clear he cannot drive a car”.

District Judge Barbara Barnes told him the case was “an argument over the effective service of the notice of intended prosecution”, adding that any conviction could result in “an unlimited fine.”

Beckham will be tried at Wimbledon magistrates’ court on September 27, he denies a count of breaking the speed limit.