George Green’s regulatory solicitor, James Lowe, can help you or your business if you have to deal with an investigation or a prosecution.
Not being compliant with the Regulatory Law involves a risk of receiving substantial fines and custodial sentences that in the event of conviction has never been higher.
The need for early instruction of experienced regulatory solicitor in such cases has never been greater.
Our regulatory law solicitor, James Lowe has considerable expertise of dealing with these matters for clients across a wide range of business sectors, which can assist you regardless of where you are based.
What is Regulatory Law? When do I need 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. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Health and Safety (including Covid 19 Security enforcement)
- Environmental law
- Fire safety
- Food Safety and Hygiene
- Trading Standards and consumer protection
- Insolvency Service investigations/prosecutions
Many organisations are not aware that if something goes wrong and the law is breached, that most regulators have wide powers to investigate the business, its directors and other employees.
These investigations are conducted in a similar way to a criminal investigation by the police with regulators having many of the same powers.
Regulatory agencies can commence a criminal prosecution against an organisation and individuals. We are seeing more directors and other employees prosecuted than ever before.
If you or your business is facing a regulatory investigation or prosecution you should seek urgent advice from a regulatory solicitor and should not try to handle it alone. Get in touch with our regulatory solicitor, James Lowe for more information.
Regulatory investigation: Will I know if an inspection is commenced?
If a regulator suspects that you or your business has breached regulatory laws they will normally write to the Company Secretary or a director at the registered office to invite the company to an interview under caution. This is also referred to as a PACE Interview.
During a regulatory investigation, they may also visit you or your business to:
- ask questions;
- gather information;
- obtain documentation;
- serve notices requiring you or the business to take certain action or prohibit certain activities.
It is advisable to seek the swift involvement of a regulatory solicitor if any of the above occurs. Most people would immediately telephone a solicitor if a policeman visited to investigate them for a criminal offence. This is no different.
Our regulatory solicitor, James Lowe is happy to have an initial telephone consultation to discuss whether this is something that requires our involvement to best protect you and your business. If you have legal expenses cover under your insurance policy, we can liaise with your insurer to ensure that you are able to instruct your chosen solicitor.
Contact us today to discuss how our regulatory solicitor can assist you and click on our services to see other areas where George Green Solicitors can help you.
Chambers and Partners, Health and Safety (UK Wide) 2018 Guide- "James Lowe of George Green LLP represents businesses and individuals across a spectrum of different industries, including retail, food and healthcare. A source says: "He is one of the best regulatory lawyers I have worked with, and is very good at understanding the client's business perspective."
Chambers and Partners, Health and Safety (UK Wide) 2017 – “James is held in high regard and described by market sources as “very diligent in everything he does” He represents businesses and individuals across a spectrum of different industries including retail, food and healthcare”
Chambers and Partners, Health and Safety (UK Wide) 2016 - “James Lowe is praised for the way in which he “takes a genuine interest in finding the solution for the client”
“James is extremely personable and client friendly”
“You have done a fantastic job”
“I instructed James on many occasions over a period of 7 or 8 years. James consistently provided first class expertise and service on a range of regulatory topics. He became our preferred advisor on regulatory law. His ability to bring about a positive outcome to any scenario really is top drawer. James has a sixth sense for knowing what needs to be done, and this makes him extremely easy to work with.”
“James always offers sensible practical advice with a rapid response time”.
“James represented me in a regulatory dispute with a local authority, he was professional, personable, and had a deep understanding of the sector. I would have no hesitation recommending James”.