Regulatory and Licensing

Is it safe to have one drink before driving?

Motorists across the country are being advised of the dangers of driving under the influence of drink or drugs during the Christmas period. Police forces across the country have this week launched publicity and enforcement campaigns to raise awareness of...

Retailer fined for dangerous Christmas stock storage

JD Sports Fashion PLC appeared in Wolverhampton Crown Court on 19 th October 2017 charged with six breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 . During a routine pre-Christmas inspection, West Midlands Fire Service discovered that the JD...

Appeal rejected after allergy death

The Court of appeal has upheld the conviction of Mohammed Zaman, the restauranteur who was sentenced to 6 years’ imprisonment for gross negligence manslaughter following the death of Paul Wilson.  Mr Wilson died in his North Yorkshire home after...

Local company convicted of corporate manslaughter

Master Construction Products (Skips) Limited, previously known as MCP Skips Limited recently appeared in Birmingham Crown Court to be sentenced for corporate manslaughter. The Company admitted the breach along with a separate health and safety offence...

Health and Safety Executive releases annual statistics

Each year the Health and Safety Executive release their annual statistics report. Summarised below are some of the key findings from this year’s report: In 2016/17 there were 137 fatal injuries involving workers and 92 members of the public were...

Company fined for Health and Safety Breaches

S&E LPG Limited, a company based in Honeybourne, Worcestershire appeared in Worcester Magistrates Court on 5th October 2017 after an employee was caught in a gas explosion. The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety...

Local food warehouse fined over serious rodent infestation

An Oldbury based company Pearl Food Distribution Limited appeared at Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court on 7 th September charged with seven food hygiene offences . Inspectors had previously found droppings from rats and mice on packaged...

Businesses in Wales warned over food hygiene practices

All food business operators receive food safety and hygiene inspections from local authorities.  During these inspections, food business establishments are given a rating using a scale of 0 (lowest) to 5 (highest) based on how they store, prepare and...

Planning for the worst case scenario - would your business be ready to handle a serious injury in the workplace?

Very few businesses can say with any confidence that they would be ready and able to swiftly and calmly respond to a serious workplace injury to an employee in the terrible event that one should occur. Yet it is vitally important that they be able to do...

Abattoirs to Install Cameras Under New Government Plans

CCTV would be required in all abattoirs in England if the Government implement plans to further safeguard animal welfare . A number of cases in recent years have highlighted the treatment of animals at slaughterhouses and the Government has moved to...

What should I expect after contacting a regulatory solicitor?

Almost every aspect of your business that requires compliance with legal duties will fall under a regulatory framework and will be enforced by regulatory agencies such as the Health and Safety Executive ; the Environment Agency or local authorities. If...

Driving Offence in a Business Vehicle - Where do I Stand?

If you or your business are notified of an investigation or prosecution for a motoring offence , you should contact a driving offence solicitor as soon as possible.  For offences like speeding, the enforcement process may be started with a Notice...

Black Country Trader Prosecuted

A car salesman from Wednesbury was recently given a suspended prison sentence after admitting to the sale of dangerous and unsafe cars. Arslaan Asif, of Wednesbury Sales, in Holyhead Road, was charged with eight offences involving the sale of cars. These...

What should I do if I am served with a Noise Abatement Notice?

If a council receives complaints about nuisance it must investigate to determine whether there is a statutory nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 .  This can include smoke; noise from premises, vehicles, equipment or machinery; smells...

Requirements for disposing of waste as a business?

All businesses, including ones run from a home, have a legal duty under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and other legislation to safely contain and lawfully dispose of any waste that they produce. The obligations apply to any waste that is...

What are the legal office space requirements?

Employers must comply with numerous legal obligations in respect of health and safety law , including assessing workplace risks and managing workplace hazards . Health and safety laws are there to protect employees and members of the public against...

What is a PACE interview & what does it entail?

If a regulatory agency like the Health and Safety Executive , the Environment Agency , or a local authority, suspects you or your business of committing an offence, it is likely that an invitation to attend an interview under caution will be sent to you or...

WHAT DO THE STAR RATINGS ACTUALLY MEAN FROM THE FOOD STANDARDS AGENCY

A food business can receive a score from ‘0’ to ‘5’ following a food hygiene inspection from a local authority Environmental Health Officer. The score is intended to show the hygiene standards at the premises during the...