There is nothing more rewarding than working with clients to put measures in place to prevent or mitigate the effect of a serious event that would have significant financial and reputational impacts on their business.
Companies may not appreciate the rising cost of regulatory non-compliance; for instance, regulations like GDPR carry massive financial penalties for companies that fail to comply with new data privacy and security standards. The same can now be said for breaches of health and safety law.
For over 20 years I have worked with the corporate sector (micro to multi-national) and individuals, advising on regulatory risk and enforcement and achieving positive outcomes for my clients, in high-profile national and international cases.
By always making a point of understanding my clients’ businesses I am able to help them identify and resolve potential risks that could lead to enforcement action.
Outside work, I am married to an Aussie and have three incredible daughters.. I am an England Athletics Middle Distance Coach, hoping to discover the next Steve Cram or Laura Muir.
Avoid thinking “it can never happen to us”; in an uncertain and risky world, the likelihood of a significant event happening is higher than ever. Be prepared.
Identify the key risks to your business which would have the most serious impact if they were to arise. Be meticulous in your planning, training and testing.
If a major event occurs, don’t panic; think clearly and respond appropriately, above all “control the controllables!”
You have been recommended to me as a solicitor with considerable experience in regulatory investigations and prosecutions. Would you be able to act on my behalf?
Yes, providing there are no conflicts with any other parties that may be involved.
The police and HSE are on site asking for us to provide documents and interview witnesses; what should we do?
Stay calm. Are you able to send me copies of the documents sought so I can review them and advise whether you need to disclose them? Can you put the lead investigator on the telephone so I may speak to him/her about the event and their requests?
How long is the investigation likely to take?
The reality is that a thorough investigation will be carried out to determine whether the event occurred through a material breach of regulation. This can be wide ranging and will take time, so be prepared. I will liaise closely with the regulatory body conducting the investigation to ensure that it is concluded as quickly as possible, with as little commercial and reputational impact on your business.