All businesses are governed by the same regulatory framework through numerous obligations and duties that are set down in law. This can include health and safety within your workplace, how to dispose and manage your businesses waste and how to run your business.
An investigation and prosecution can take place where there are alleged breaches of your duties and obligations or where there has been a failure to meet the required legal standard. Such breaches and failures can be criminal offences and can result in a prosecution through the criminal courts.
A criminal conviction is a serious matter for your business and can easily cause substantial reputational harm or adversely affect your ability to tender for public sector contracts.
Our regulatory solicitors have a detailed understanding of the regulatory authorities and the procedures that they govern. Our proactive team aim to avoid prosecution where possible and if this is not possible, they aim to achieve the best possible outcome.
Our expert lawyers excel in many areas of criminal regulatory work, including;
- Asset Forfeiture
- Alcohol Licensing
- Bribery Act and Corruption Investigations
- Care Quality Commission Investigations
- Company Directors Disqualification
- Corporate liability and Corporate Manslaughter
- Data Protection
- Deferred Prosecution Agreements
- Environment Agency Investigations
- Health & Safety / Industrial Accidents / Accidents in the workplace
- Housing Act Prosecutions
- National Minimum Wage Investigations
- Road traffic and Motoring Offences
- Trading Standards Investigations
In each instance, receiving expert advice is essential for individuals and businesses from the outset. To ensure the best possible outcome for you and your organisation, our regulatory legal solicitors act quickly and decisively to provide informed advice and representation, so you are fully aware of your rights and always understand the available options.
Your first contact with regards to being investigated may be a letter from the relevant authority (for example the Environment Agency, Trading Standards etc.) inviting you to attend a meeting or an interview under caution. If you receive such a letter it is vital that you contact an expert solicitor to assist you as what you say during that interview may significantly effect the investigation and its outcome.
At Lupton Fawcett we will liaise with the relevant authority prior to the interview to obtain as much detail as possible about the alleged offences so that we can discuss this with you prior to the interview and ensure that you are fully prepared.
By having us as your legal representative you get the benefit of solicitors who understand what is involved in investigations and unlike many firms, are fully conversant with Police Station procedure.
Enforcement action can be used by regulatory authorities (such as the Environment Agency or Trading Standards) under which they can serve you and your business with a Notice setting out the failures that are under investigation and the requirements that must be satisfied to reach the minimum standard for compliance. If the Enforcement Notice is not followed then you can be prosecuted for a further criminal offence.
If you receive an Enforcement Notice then you should seek immediate expert advice and contact our solicitors on the numbers below.
Regulatory and Corporate Defence solicitors
Our experienced team can help no matter what situation your business is facing. Contact our Leeds, York or Sheffield office today to find out more or for immediate assistance please use our 24/7 mobile number 07971 520407.