Effective corporate governance means taking a positive and proactive approach to compliance. We recognise that there are an increasing number of laws that businesses can fall foul of, which can result in a prosecution by both the Police or other regulatory bodies including:
- Local Authorities such as Trading Standards and Environmental Health
- Health and Safety Executive
- Fire and Rescue Authorities
- Serious Fraud Office
- Information Commissioner
- Environment Agency
Businesses can find themselves facing unlimited fines, costs orders, bad press and a loss of reputation in the event of conviction. Directors of companies can also find themselves being personally prosecuted if the act or default of their Company is, in some way, their fault. The best course of action, if you have any doubts as to your duties and responsibilities, is to seek expert legal advice and guidance.
Our expert Business Crime Team provides specialist legal advice in relation to a range of regulatory offences covering everything from initial discussions with regulatory bodies on your behalf through to accompanying you to any Interview under Caution. We can sometimes persuade the regulatory body concerned not to prosecute you or to reduce the number of charges you may face. At Court we can also offer mitigation on your behalf so that any punishment is minimised and defend cases for you where it is appropriate to do so.
Our Business Crime legal advice covers:
- Trading standards
- Food safety
- Environmental health
- Housing standards
- Benefit fraud
- Planning enforcement
- Private hire
- Health and safety
- Fire safety
- The process including investigation, prosecution and proceeds of crime
If you have an enquiry in relation to a business crime offence or simply want to speak to a member of our expert Team for further information and guidance, please use the request a call back or make an enquiry option to get in touch.