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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.

what we do...

  • Our clients – international public limited companies, national blue chip and public sector organisations, local authorities, insurers, surveyors, accountants, small and medium sized enterprises.
  • Our experience – we prosecute for a range of regulators including Natural England, the Health and Safety Executive, a number of fire authorities and the Care Quality Commission. On the defence side we represent private and public sector bodies across a wide range of disciplines and undertakings.
  • Wide sector experience – retail, food and drink, construction, health and beauty, pharmaceuticals, transport and logistics, security, construction and manufacturing.
  • Specialists in complex regulations – Control of Major Accident Hazard Regulations (COMAH), (), Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, Environmental (WEE) (including Waste Packaging Regulations and pollution control), consumer protection, product liability and safety, food safety and hygiene, food labelling and nutritional and health claims and corporate manslaughter.
  • Nine - strong team with decades of experience - solicitor advocates, barristers and experienced criminal solicitors based in Birmingham, Nottingham and Exeter, but with a national practice covering the whole of the UK and internationally.
  • Strategic approach - governance advice on your policies and procedures.
  • Operational - issue-specific advice; health and safety, environmental and freight, trading standards, managing and supporting you through investigations by regulators.
  • Crisis management - criminal and civil law advice on a dawn raid or other investigation; first line 'phone support', attendance on site, experience in defending clients in police stations and interviews under caution, advice and representation at interviews, court hearings, inquests, public inquiries - all at a moment’s notice.

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