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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The General Data Protection Regulations came into force on 25 May 2018. Six months on and businesses are still adapting to the changes and continue to face challenges with breaches and protecting their business from risk.
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.
The launch of the HSE's #DustBuster campaign and a recent prosecution involving asbestos at a primary school has seen asbestos become a hot topic for organisations and regulators.
DWF represented Yorkshire Water at a sentencing hearing at Leeds Crown Court. Yorkshire Water had pleaded guilty to a breach of s.2 of HSWA 1974 in respect of an accident in July 2015.
The Government has now published over 100 technical notices designed to inform individuals and businesses on how to prepare for a "no deal Brexit".
The recent Court of Appeal decision ( EWCA Civ 2006) in the extensive litigation involving Eurasian Natural Resources Corporate (ENRC) strengthens firms' ability to undertake confidential internal investigations – in particular into potentially criminal activity that could result in regulatory prosecutions.
By James Fox, Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution Middle East, DWF (Middle East) LLP, Dubai, UAE.
This article explores the evolution of the duty of candour and how it is anticipated the duty may develop in the Health and Safety arena. In an ever-changing legal, regulatory and public landscape, we consider what the future may hold for the duty and the implications this could have for clients and their legal advisors.