Members of our team specialise in a number of specific areas relating to regulatory and disciplinary work.
We have experience in advising both public authorities, private clients and of conducting and defending prosecutions in all levels of the Court system, including judicial review and case-stated.
The team specialise in:
Offences including waste management, pollution and noise.
- Financial Regulatory, Money Laundering and Fraud
Financial compliance matters, particularly in the context of money laundering and financial regulatory work. Our members have experience of FSA regulation and investigation work. With the introduction of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and its related legislation, this has become an increasingly complex and specialist area. We are able to advise clients in relation to investigations, prosecutions, freezing orders, letters of request, international co-operation arrangements and reporting requirements.
- Food Safety Standards
Contamination, fitness for human consumption and food hygiene/safety.
- Health & Safety and Inquests
Members act for individuals, partnerships and companies in relation to health and safety matters. These involve investigative enquiries by the Health & Safety Executive, local authorities and the Crown Prosecution Service, including advice and pre-charge. We defend prosecutions of this type, including corporate and individual manslaughter allegations and other regulatory offences resulting in death or serious injury or the risk of it. This area of law is particularly important as some offences now carry imprisonment and courts more readily consider Director Disqualification Orders. Prosecutions often follow inquests (and indeed are held with that in mind) and attendance at these is extremely important. The team frequently deals with such hearings, thereby providing the complete service.
Representation of local authorities in ASBO applications.
- Medical Regulatory/Disciplinary Work
Members regularly appear before the General Medical Council, the General Dental Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health Professions Council and on appeal before the Administrative Court. Members represent clinicians in hospital and Primary Care Trust disciplinary proceedings both at first instance and on appeal. Many members have considerable experience both in common law fields and in crime, ensuring that we are able to represent practitioners in parallel proceedings arising from the same allegations and in particular, criminal and civil proceedings for damages.
- Planning Breaches
Members represent enforcement agencies or defendants, this includes enforcement notices, breaches of TPO’s and listed building matters.
- Trading Standards and Licensing
Members prosecute and defend across the full range of this work, including trade descriptions, misleading price indications, weights and measures, distance and doorstep selling, trademark infringement, under-age sales, general product and toy safety, copyright and video classification.
Simon Morgan and Adrian Maxwell are also ranked as Leading Juniors in the VHCC Scheme, administered by the Legal Services Commission.
Our team regularly delivers lectures to solicitors and other professionals on recent developments in the law and practice. If you are interested in arranging a lecture then please contact our clerks.