Our Regulatory, Compliance and Investigations team provide advice on environmental and food regulations, retail law, bribery, advertising, transport, care and safe guarding and nuclear decommissioning. We also work on private prosecutions where the police and the CPS do not prosecute, along with general crime.
As a leading regulatory compliance law firm, health and safety regulation is one of our key strengths. We are very well respected and are ranked by Chambers as the number one legal team in the UK. We work with many FTSE 100 companies and have provided expert advice after incidents including the Didcot power station collapse and the Bosley flour mill explosion. When disasters strike we implement our crisis response service which brings together specialist consultants including lawyers, PR specialists, clinical psychologists, IT forensics specialists and industry bodies as well as consultants specialising in safeguarding online reputation. Find out More >
We deal with matters ranging from abuse and safeguarding issues to more general health and safety incidents. When we take on a case or investigation for a client we understand the multi-agency approach and can successfully manage the emotional and employee well-being aspects. We introduce our crisis response service, help clients through the entire process and also respond directly to the press. We are also experienced in challenging inspection gradings and have helped a number of clients to get on a better footing in relation to the external reflection of their business.
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We are one of the few regulatory compliance law firms in the UK that can truly offer clients a full legal service when it comes to food regulation. We help clients from the initial launch of a new product and throughout the product life cycle. When clients face a product challenge, whether that be a marketing or food standards issue, we have successfully challenged adverse rulings. Where possible, we try to avoid court at all costs and make sure our clients' brands are protected. Where a piece of food regulation is particularly challenging, we will talk directly to the Regulators and the Public Affairs Consultancy. Find out More >
We know that environmental regulation is at the forefront of our clients' agenda and that in recent years they have had to deal with increasingly complex obligations in relation to environmental compliance. Our specialist environmental team have extensive experience and represent clients who are under investigation by the Environmental Agency and local authorities. Find out More >
The demands of shareholders, investors, employees and regulators, plus the modern day corporate governance approach to business ethics, all demand a transparent and comprehensive response to any internal investigation that relates to regulatory or compliance issues. For our clients, we manage an investigation throughout all stages. This has a number of benefits including legal privilege and providing clients with a real route cause analysis of a failure so that lessons can be learnt and changes implemented. Find out More >
Haulage and coach companies have an obvious need for transport regulatory advice, however where we find our expertise is of most importance is to those clients who don’t necessarily operate vehicles as their primary business, such as retailers, manufacturers, construction companies and utility companies, who all have a requirement to transport their goods. Our team help clients with all aspects of operator licensing, ranging from applying for an operator licence, making any changes to an operator licence or if things go wrong assisting the company when they face losing their licence. Find out More >
A private prosecution is a prosecution started by a private individual, or entity who/which is not acting on behalf of the police or other prosecuting authority. In recent years more and more individuals and companies are pursuing this course of action. This is due in part to resource constraints experienced by the police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). If you are considering a private prosecution then our private prosecution team at DWF can help.
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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is available to the road haulage industry, but when can a Transport Manager be furloughed?
Another week of the ubiquitous pandemic in the EU and the growing economic problems of Member States have brought more news and activities related to competition law. These include, among others: (i) the increasing need for cooperation between entrepreneurs and the corresponding change in the approach of antitrust authorities introducing guidelines in this respect to facilitate cooperation in accordance with competition law, (ii) Member States adding additional powers for Competition Authorities and regulating the prices of certain goods and services; (iii) changes in the manner of conducting merger clearance proceedings, or (iv) approval of subsequent state aid programs for companies affected by the effects of COVID-19.
DWF, the global legal business, has appointed Ted Harrison as a Partner in the Financial Services sector
Yesterday, new government guidance was issued for care home admissions during the COVID-19 outbreak. The care sector will be expected to play a vital role in accepting patients from hospitals during this pandemic, ensuring hospitals have enough beds to treat acutely sick patients.
We take a look at how businesses must adapt to changes in regulatory behaviours throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ASA published its regulatory approach in the context of COVID-19; Katharine Mason, Director in our Regulatory, Compliance and Investigations team spent a weekend absorbing ads and considering what steps advertisers need to take to remain responsible
This article outlines what we expect that the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, will include within the Wage Subsidy to be announced today. It looks at what other Governments have done and what the UK might implement.
In the recent case of TAQA Bratani Limited and others v Rockrose UKCS8 LLC  EWHC 58 (Comm), the English court provided clarity on whether the Braganza Duty and a duty of good faith (under a relational contract) could be implied into the terms of Joint Operation Agreements ("JOAs"). Specifically, the court considered whether a non-operator's unqualified right to terminate the operator's appointment should be fettered.