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.
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 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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Ian Trenholm, the new Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission ('CQQ'), has warned that the body will be taking an increasingly tougher stance against providers and organisations who breach regulatory standards and will not shy away from enforcement action.
A cardboard box company based in Somerset has been ordered to pay £13,000 in fines and costs after an investigation by the Environment Agency ('EA') found that a worker at Ablebox Ltd dumped up to 50 buckets of waste ink down a drain, turning up to 4km of the River Yeo purple. The company had been warned previously about polluting the river. Upon inspecting the premises, the EA found inappropriately stored containers of waste ink and said "this prosecution served as a timely reminder to businesses to act responsibly".
Responding to a recent written parliamentary question, the government spokesperson Baroness Buscombe has outlined that existing health and safety law will apply to artificial intelligence and machine learning software. This, combined with the announcement that the government will ban the sale of all new petrol and diesel vehicles in the UK from 2040 (2032 in Scotland), means that designers and manufacturers of vehicles will have to sit up and take note. As manufacturers diversify into driverless technology, they need to be aware that they could now face substantial fines and even imprisonment if their technology causes harm.
A midlands bus company has been fined £2.3m after one if its drivers crashed into a supermarket building, killing a pedestrian and a seven year old child on board.
by Andrew Lothian
The last 18 months have shown a sharp rise in Private Prosecutions with cases now increasingly attracting media coverage. In this article regulatory expert Jeremy Bird highlights the recent developments and analyses the current landscape.