Regulatory investigations and prosecutions
Rules and regulations
Businesses often feel burdened by the raft of rules and regulations which various regulatory bodies impose on them.
With penalties for operating outside regulatory rules increasing, our dispute resolution lawyers advise businesses on a variety of disputes arising from alleged non-compliance.
Working alongside other specialists, our lawyers will advise on steps to prevent unnecessary disciplinary action and, where inevitable, we will aim to mitigate any adverse effects on your business.
We advise clients on investigations and disciplinary proceedings brought by:
- Financial Services Authority
- Local Authorities
- Trading Standards
- Environment Agency
- Department of Work & Pensions
- other regulators
We offer a dynamic defence to potential regulatory breaches. Early action is vital and we help clients from the moment of notification. We pro-actively work with you to provide a strategy to discourage a prosecution and minimise damage to either you, or your business’ reputation.
Our lawyers help you prepare appropriately for interviews under caution. Should a prosecution follow, we advise, prepare and represent you during the court proceedings.
Health and safety prosecutions
Every business is responsible for safeguarding the health and safety of anyone affected by its activities, such as employees, customers or visitors to their premises.
The risks to health and safety can differ widely between sectors and individual businesses but whatever the nature of your business, putting procedures in place to avoid health and safety breaches is essential. In the most serious cases, health and safety failures can lead to injury or even death, as well as to potential fines and imprisonment - including liability for corporate manslaughter in some instances.
Prosecutions can be made against organisations, the management and/or employees for failing to follow the myriad of health and safety rules and regulations. If you or your company are faced with an investigation on health and safety issues, it is important to seek legal advice as early as possible to ensure your interests are protected.
Our dispute resolution lawyers are experienced at representing clients at the investigation stage of such matters and can help influence the direction they take. We can also represent you during official interviews, interviews under caution and represent you if a matter proceeds to court.