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Regulatory requirements are increasing, both nationally and internationally, and understanding and implementing the plethora of guidance and regulations relevant to running your organisation is daunting. At the same time, civil and criminal enforcement and recovery powers are being extended across the full range of UK and EU regulation and compliance. Failure to comply can be costly and severely damaging to your brand, reputation and sales. It could lead to dawn raids, unexpected visits from the Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency, Trading Standards and ultimately the Police, time-consuming regulatory investigations or prosecutions. Many of the sanctions for breaches of regulatory offences are criminal or quasi-criminal with company directors and officers facing personal liability. We help you navigate the relevant regulatory framework, provide thorough, balanced and pragmatic advice on regulatory risk management to assist you in the management of regulatory investigations.
Our expert regulatory team, which includes a number of criminal lawyers, undertakes both prosecution and defence work giving us a unique understanding and ability to negotiate for clients involved in an investigations and enforcement action. We work closely with our civil litigation colleagues who advise on any commercial disputes or civil claims for compensation that often follow with a regulatory investigation. We work closely with our clients to relieve the pressures that inevitably arise in a regulatory investigation and prosecutions.
Purdah is a term which refers to the pre-election period when specific restrictions apply principally around the activity of those working in central and local government.
In this session James and Rachael looked at some very recent developments in the case law around sham job applicants and what action you need to take now in relation to modern slavery statements. Looking forward, they explained your obligations so far as gender pay gap reporting is concerned.
A 12 week public consultation was launched by the cabinet secretary for the Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, on 13 September 2016 titled ‘Local air quality and noise management in Wales’.
Hear from data protection expert, Helena Wootton, who takes a look at the implications of the referendum result on Privacy Shield from a UK perspective, providing you with practical practices in ensuring legal certainty.
Thank you for your help in all of this. You've been a wonderfully calming influence and have taught me a great deal about what is required in a situation like this and how to approach things. Hopefully it is a lesson learnt I won't need to put into practice again but if I ever should need to I feel much better equipped now in how to handle things smoothly and correctly.
Whilst I hope we do not have to work together again in circumstances such as this, on a personal note can I please thank you for your support and guidance on this matter. From the outset your help has proven to be very professional, timely and informative.
Always very supportive and very professional. A very good specialist firm.
They are very professional and exceptionally helpful, offering excellent advice regarding which course of action to take and which to avoid. This has been invaluable, helping us to secure a successful outcome.
Representing a government body in a prosecution involving a local landowner who had damaged a site of Special Scientific Interest - The Court imposed a total financial penalty of almost £1,000,000 on the defendant.
Representing an interested person at the new inquests into the Hillsborough Disaster.
Advising and representing a hospital trust investigated for corporate manslaughter following the death of an elderly patient shortly after her re-admission to the hospital after a fall at home. We liaised closely with the Trust and Police to assist in their investigations and the CPS determined that it was not appropriate to bring charges against the Trust or any of its individual staff members.
Representing a lorry driver employed by a large haulage company charged with causing death by careless driving. Our work including significant pursuit of unused material, expert evidence, defence witnesses, argument and admissibility of evidence; the driver was acquitted and the order for costs made in his favour.
Defending a major manufacturer and importer investigated by the Environment Agency for non-compliance with the Producer Responsibility (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2005 - including advising them during the interview under caution, making representations against the prosecution and appearing at numerous court hearings.
As of 7 March 2017, firms authorised by the FCA are subject to a stricter regime in terms of obtaining, and providing, employment references.
The Sentencing Council have released their Definitive Guideline on the Reduction in Sentence for a Guilty Plea, which sets out the approach to be taken by the courts.
The EU Commission has recently published its communication and accompanying Staff Working Document entitled 'Building a European Data Economy'.
Following the judgment in Dewhurst v CitySprint UK Ltd, there is a risk that contractors are in fact workers within the meaning of the Employment Rights Act 1996 and entitled to the protections that the legislation affords.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest.
With eye-watering financial penalties and the risk of disastrous damage to reputation, are you confident that your systems and processes would withstand the consequences of a breach?
Our Information Compliance Audit is a one day on-site audit carried out by one of our expert data protection lawyers.
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