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Laura Shirley, Associate Solicitor Advocate

Licensing and Regulatory

Direct Dial: 01905 746 473
Mobile: 07890 625 156

A bit about me

When you’re facing a regulatory investigation or enforcement action, don’t underestimate the benefit of an experienced and knowledgeable guide to navigate you through the process. Specialising in corporate criminal defence work, my experience covers health and safety, environmental, food safety and hygiene, trading law and road transport matters. I regularly defend proceedings brought by the HSE, EA and local authorities.

I am a qualified solicitor advocate, with an excellent court success rate. I will help to explain the regulatory investigation process fully to you, discuss all the potential outcomes and help you define what success might mean, and work as hard as I can to achieve it for you.

Want to know more?

If you’re facing a regulatory investigation, come and see us as soon as possible. Getting advice early can have a big impact on the outcome of your case.

Tell us everything – anything you say will be confidential, but we need to know the whole story so we can give you proper advice and get the best result.

If you’ve got any concerns, ask us – no question is a bad question, and it’s better for you to understand the full picture.

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Regulatory Law: Review of 2018 and looking forward to 2019

There have been many important developments in regulatory law (particularly health, safety, environmental and corporate…

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Major fine for WHSmith after customer fell through trapdoor in shop

WHSmith had to pay fines and costs of more than £473,000 for health and safety…

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Pub turns food hygiene rating into five stars

A Stourbridge pub came back from being fined £17,000 for 12 food hygiene offences to…

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Health and safety failure leaves worker with head injuries and broken ribs

A worker suffered head injuries and broke three ribs when he slipped and fell heavily…

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£44,600 penalty for brewery after man fell through pub trapdoor

A delivery driver injured his knee, arm and rib after falling through a pub trapdoor…

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Driving school minibuses

There is often much confusion over whether teachers are entitled to drive a school minibus.…

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Birmingham worst for food hygiene standards

Birmingham topped the list of local authorities with poor food hygiene according to consumer watchdog…

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Custodial sentence for breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

The owner of a wedding venue has been jailed for 20 months following a sentencing…

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HSE Prohibition Notices – Supreme Court decision widens the scope of appeal

A landmark decision by the Supreme Court earlier this year confirms that evidence gathered after…

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Health and safety prosecution

Laura Shirley, an Associate in our Regulatory Team, has secured another excellent result for her…

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Will ‘scores on the doors’ ratings have to be shown in England?

A £5,000 fine for the owner of a Welsh restaurant who failed to display his…

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Custodial Sentence for owner of pizza shop

The owner of a filthy, mice infested pizza shop in Walsall has been jailed for…

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£800k in financial penalties following death of scaffolder

A principal contractor and a civil engineering subcontractor have been fined more than £800,000 after…

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Hundreds of new drivers banned for using mobile phones whilst driving

In March 2017 the punishment for using a mobile telephone whilst driving was doubled to…

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Birmingham restaurant fined £50,000 for using wooden serving boards

A Birmingham restaurant has been fined £50,000 for serving food on unhygienic wooden boards. Birmingham…

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Property developers jailed after death of carpenter

Following on from an article in July, a property developer, who appeared on the Channel 4 show…

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Property developer convicted of manslaughter following a worker’s fall

A millionaire property developer and his site foreman have been found guilty of gross negligence…

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Property Agents beware … increasing financial penalties for failure to manage HMOs

Property agent ESRA Property Services Ltd was fined a total of £16,000, with an additional…

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Gas safety considerations for residential landlords

According to the Gas Safe Register website, unsafe gas appliances have been found in a…

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Peanut allergy case is legal landmark for food safety

A restaurant owner has been imprisoned for the manslaughter of a customer with a peanut…

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