Our Regulatory & Local Government Team is one of the most experienced in the country having worked extensively with various local authorities, police forces and regulatory bodies for over 30 years. We have also defended individuals and companies including national retailers on behalf of global law firms.
We work closely with our clients and can offer counsel at all levels to match the complexity and budget of each case.
We have recognised expertise in the recovery of monies following successful prosecutions.
Our expertise includes:
Trading Standards – Consumer protection, counterfeiting, unfair commercial practices, product safety, fraud, money laundering, proceeds of crime and restraint orders.
Health and Safety – Accidents and fatalities in industrial and commercial premises, care homes, schools and other public spaces, public safety including disease and asbestos exposure and breaches of fire safety.
A number of members of the team are on the List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates to prosecute on behalf of the Health & Safety Executive.
Food Safety – breaches in food hygiene including national restaurant and pub chains and also for the sale of goods unfit for human consumption.
Animal Welfare – Animal Health Act offences including unnecessary suffering, importation and puppy farming.
Licensing – Appearing before sub-committees and appeals to the Magistrates’, Crown Court and High Court concerning taxi licences, festivals and events, entertainment establishments, alcohol licensing including late night levy and HMO breaches.
Environmental – Fly tipping, noise abatement notices, statutory nuisance, safe disposal of controlled waste, fisheries, flood defence and representation for water companies regarding water pollution offences.
Planning Enforcement – Breach of condition notices, tree preservation matters, unauthorised encampments, unlawful advertising, injunctions, stop notices and temporary stop notices.
Police Law – SHPO applications, Proceeds of Crime, Closure Orders and Anti-Social Behaviour Orders & Injunctions, firearms applications and appeals, disclosure and LPP review work, disciplinary proceedings and Police Authority appeals concerning serving officers.
Inquests – We have represented various parties at Inquests with health & safety related issues and also concerning product safety. In addition we have been instructed in cases involving Police Officers at work.