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Fare Evasion Solicitors

Transport For London (TFL) has an aggressive prosecution policy when it comes to Fare Evasion. We are seeing more an more examples of clients being summoned to court over unpaid fares of as little as £3. The most common example of fare evasion involves the use of another person’s Oyster Card to get the benefit of reduced or free travel. Other examples can include travelling on a ticket which does not cover the entire journey or simply being without a valid ticket.

When might you be accused of Fare Evasion?

  • Using another person’s ticket (Student Oyster Card, Freedom Pass or another type of discounted travel card)
  • Deliberately pass through the ticket barriers without paying
  • Intentionally travel further than your ticket allows you to
  • Travelling in a first-class carriage, when only purchasing a standard ticket

What happens if you're accused of fare evasion?

Transport for London usually writes to an individual who they suspect of fare evasion, asking them to respond to the allegation. They will then consider whether to initiate a prosecution. If they decide to prosecute you, you will receive a Court Summons in the post, providing a date when you must attend court. The form will ask you whether you intend to plead guilty or not guilty and will give you an option to enter your plea by post.

In cases where longer term avoidance of fares in suspected, for example using someone else’s reduced fare Oyster Card over a period of time, Transport for London (TFL) may want to interview you under caution. It is advisable to seek the representation of a solicitor in this situation.

Call us on 020 7837 3456 for private 24/7 Emergency Legal Advice and a confidential consultation.


Will I get a Criminal Record for Fare Evasion?

If you were to plead guilty at court or to be found guilty after a trial, this is a criminal conviction.

For someone who has no previous convictions, it is, of course, a great shock to be facing a court appearance. A criminal conviction can negatively affect job prospects, particularly in certain fields and can impact visa applications to some countries.


What can BSB Solicitors do?

We have a great deal of experience in this area and have had consistent success in settling these matters out of court, avoiding a criminal record. We offer a fixed fee service, which includes:

  • consultation and advice
  • guidance in providing supporting documents
  • writing a letter of representation to TFL offering to settle out of court


If you have been invited to attend an interview regarding an allegation of Fare Evasion, we strongly recommend you have the benefit of a criminal defence solicitor’s presence.

Please contact our office on 020 7837 3456 and speak to Nathan Seymour-Hyde or Rabia Mir for further details.


Testimonials : 

"I would definitely recommend BSB Solicitors. Hannah was extremely professional and helpful. She immediately made me feel at ease at our first meeting and always provided very clear instructions and advice throughout our email communications. I am very pleased with the conclusion of my case."


JT September (2017)


BSB was my first choice when I faced the likelihood of prosecution after I failed to show a valid bus ticket when travelling in Central London. The consequences for me as regards my right to work in the UK were extremely high, and so this situation was cause for lots of stress.


Hannah fielded my call in a very professional, courteous, and sympathetic manner, and helped plan a response to TfL over the course of just three working days. After a brief waiting period, I received good news that the representations made were considered proportionate to a warning and a fine only. This was a great result and I could not be more grateful.

AAR (August 2107)

"BSB Solicitors are a company you can definitely put your trust in. I have had the privilege of working with Nathan, a true professional, who has used all his knowledge and effort, to reach the best possible solution for me, in record time. I am not only grateful, but honoured to have met such a person, and I can say with all my heart, that no matter the case, you can truly rely on this law firm, and you can expect the most favourable result. "

 A.K (July 2017)


"I am so pleased that I have chosen BSB Solicitors to help me with my case. Nathan has been extremely professional and his confidence has put my mind at rest. Most importantly I got the result that I wanted! Thank you once again, Nathan- you've been amazing! Thoroughly recommend! "


MS (July 2017)



"I would like to place on record my sincere thanks for the highly professional and thorough service that I received from BSB Solicitors. They immediately made me feel at ease and left no stone unturned in order to achieve a successful conclusion to my case. As someone unfamiliar with any type of legal proceedings they made sure I was updated through every step of the process and, ultimately, helped me to achieve a satisfactory conclusion. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone I know who was looking for legal representation in any matter. "

CV (July 2017)



"I decided to use my mother's Freedom Pass just to save money which was a terrible mistake. I had been using it for a few weeks when I was stopped by a ticket inspector. I then received a letter from Tfl saying that I was summoned to court for fare evasion. I was lucky to find BSB Solicitors and meet Hannah who helped me with my case. From start to finish, my claim was dealt very professionally. She did an excellent job and she gave me all the information I needed. I would highly recommend BSB Solicitors and Hannah to anyone in the future."

 T. T. ( June 2017)

“I was summoned to court for fare evasion by TFL, for using my fathers Freedom Pass which I was guilty of. I was faced with the prospect of receiving a hefty fine and a criminal record. As you can imagine, any criminal record on a 27-year-olds CV would be detrimental to many future opportunities.

After contacting several firms, I was greeted with a strong sense of optimism by everyone at BSB Solicitors. They
were honest, kind, warm and efficient. Furthermore, their consultation fees, in comparison to several others was also the most honest I'd come across. Having felt very positive about my initial interaction with Nathan and his colleagues, I immediately booked a consultation the next day.

I arrived early and was greeted with smiles and a lot of reassurance. Nathan took a statement, we spoke about my
situation in depth. He was very honest and though the odds may have been against us, he was able to come up with a good plan of action. Throughout the process there was great communication between us and a week or so later, he informed me I was able to settle out of court with no criminal conviction.

I cannot stress enough how good, Nathan and BSB Solicitors have been. I would recommend them to anyone facing a similar situation. Thanks, Nathan and BSB Solicitors”.

N.A (April 2017)



I used my partner’s freedom pass for 3 months to cover my travels in between zone 1 and got stopped by a ticket inspector. They sent me a letter with a clear intention to prosecute. I approached BSB and Nathan got back in touch straight away. He showed his professional and knowledgeable insights in this type of case and reassured me with a mitigation plan. After a thorough face to face consultation, he helped to draft a letter to respond to TfL. He even went further in answering queries by TfL. They agreed on an out of court settlement when I thought it was impossible. I would not hesitate to recommend Nathan and his excellent service.


( March 2017)