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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On 15 May 2020 our employment, data protection and regulatory experts came together to deliver a webinar to prepare businesses for the 'new normal'. Here we answer your questions.
A key part of the Government's plan to get the UK's workforce safely back to work is the newly published COVID-19 Secure guidance. Following comments that the safety of the nation's workforce will be enforced through "spot checks" of workplaces we look at what this might entail and how businesses can prepare for them.
We take a look at the measures businesses can put in place to protect themselves against the risk of criminal or civil proceedings being brought against them by trespassers entering vacant sites during lockdown.
This note summarises some key considerations for Local Authorities ("LAs") in light of the Care Act 'easements' and the Government's Action Plan for Adult Social Care ("Action Plan").
Another week and another competition update prepared by the competition team of DWF Poland. The most recent update covers (i) guidance on cooperation – prepared by the Italian Competition Authority, (ii) further antitrust guidance for manufacturers, wholesalers under CMA scrutiny over price hikes during the COVID-19 crisis, (iii) business as usual – Merging companies won't get an easy ride due to COVID-19, (iv) Austrian call for suspension of State Aid rules.
Another competition weekly update prepared for you by the Poland competition team includes (i) further guidance on cooperation – this time prepared by the Mexican Competition Authority, (ii) further antitrust guidance for medical companies regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, (iii) credit holidays given by banks under scrutiny of the Polish Competition Authority, (iv) court hearings before the EU courts are cancelled, (v) measures protecting strategic industries from foreign takeovers, (vi) Pay-TV operators call for flexible state aid rules.
After the Nation's public and press has focused heavily on the risks within social care, this week the Government published their COVID-19 adult social care action plan. This article examines the key theme of PPE provision.
A draft act on granting public aid for the purpose of saving or restructuring entrepreneurs has been submitted to the Parliament. The act will make it possible to obtain support from public funds by entrepreneurs in a difficult economic situation and who are taking corrective measures. State aid in the form of financial support in the form of loans, capital entries and relief in the repayment of certain public receivables will be able to be granted for liquidity support for the period needed to prepare a recovery plan and to finance restructuring measures. Significantly, therefore, financial aid may also be granted to companies that are already in financial difficulty but have not yet started any restructuring procedures. The aid will be granted from the State budget upon written request by the minister responsible for the economy, who may, however, delegate its granting to the Industrial Development Agency.