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Former fraud squad officer to speak at Car Dealer Conference

Time 10:24 am, April 19, 2013


w400_3097425_logoA FORMER fraud squad officer has been signed up to speak at this year’s Car Dealer Conference.

David Combes, Car Dealer Club lawyer and managing director of the automotive law consultancy firm Lawgistics, will be part of a panel of industry experts at the conference who will answer dealers’ questions on how best to protect their businesses.

The addition of Combes to the expert panel at the conference – this year held in association with Pro-Align – is a major coup for Car Dealer.


The conference, which will be held at the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon on May 3, will teach dealers how they can make more profit. Speakers include Pro-Align, BCA, Glass’s Guide and Autotrade-mail among others. Meanwhile, in the afternoon, delegates will also be treated to the Car Dealer Clinic.

Here Combes will join other automotive experts – including Trading Standards, Iwan Davies from the University of Cardiff, Google, and the FLA among others.

Industry expert

Combes set up the well-regarded automotive law specialist Lawgistics in 2001 and is an expert in the field. He’s a qualified trading standards officer who for many years ran an investigations unit looking at commercial fraud within the motor industry. He was also a prosecutor for Bedfordshire County Council Trading Standards Department and the Consumer Protection Officer for Luton from 1976 until 1984.

Currently Combes is undertaking a doctorate on the new consumer protection regulations, and since 2011 his firm has helped hundreds of members of Car Dealer Magazine’s Car Dealer Club with a variety of legal issues. Free legal advice worth £195 is just one of a whole host of benefits on offer to Car Dealer Club members.


Combes commented: ‘I’m delighted to be on the panel at the Car Dealer Conference.

‘My message to dealers is that the law has completely changed due to the EU ruling in 2008. There is a lot of uncertainty among dealers at the moment – there’s not only the change in law but also a change in what dealers should be doing and how Trading Standards perceive what they should be doing.

‘Dealers need advice and they should be speaking to us first. My message is get good advice at the earliest stage possible before the problem becomes a disaster.’

Combes along with the rest of the panel will be able to answer any questions – so any dealers interested in attending the FREE Car Dealer Conference should follow this link to register.

To find out more about how Lawgistics could help you by becoming a Car Dealer Club member, click here


James Batchelor's avatar

James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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