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I enjoy helping businesses and individuals facing regulatory issues from facial recognition to fatal accidents. If disaster strikes, my clients know I am only a phone call away. Having worked for international companies, SMEs, charities, schools and a range of individuals, I find regulatory investigations and prosecutions always throw up new and interesting challenges to be overcome.

Both at home and at work, my passion is fairness, from sharing the housework to ensuring my clients get a proper hearing.

Expert guidance through inquest with advice on negligence and insurance

Expert advice and guidance for a client from Ruth Sheret through an inquest and with insurance difficulties helped them after they witnessed a fatal road accident while driving in Birmingham. Although the client’s vehicle was not involved, an expert witness called their driving into question at a preliminary inquest hearing 18 months later – allegations which could have formed the basis of a compensation claim after the inquest if left unchallenged. The client’s insurer also refused a claim, leaving the client exposed to the risk of paying compensation out of their own pocket. Ruth represented the client at the final inquest hearing.  Following her submissions, the Coroner refused to hear evidence of the expert witness’s allegations, minimising the risk to the client. Ruth also persuaded the insurers that their initial refusal to accept our client’s claim was incorrect – the insurers paid our client’s legal costs. The client said: “Ruth Sheret was professional and kind from the moment she contacted me based on my initial query. She took all details and reassured me based on all facts on my case. Ruth had very short notice regarding getting evidence from various sources to the time of the inquest. Yet she acted quickly to ensure all information was available and looked over the details. She then explained this back to me in a very clear way, helping me to understand what had happened and what it meant for me. Once I'd given her the details, she took control and sorted everything out. To make matters more difficult, my insurers said that I was not covered for the incident. I would've just accepted this, yet Ruth had looked through my policy and contacted my insurers on my behalf, stating that I was in fact covered. This was a huge relief as I was going through a highly stressful time and her work in this matter resulted in the insurers admitting that I was in fact covered and reimbursing me. As well as being incredibly professional and conscientious, Ruth was also incredibly kind and reassuring. This was a very difficult time for me, which had gone on for a long time. Ruth reassured me with her knowledge of the law but was also a caring and empathetic person to be around. I honestly would not have got through it without her. Thank you so much Ruth."
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Discover my top tips

Do not separate health & safety or environmental issues from your core business. Regulatory compliance should not be viewed as getting in the way of general operations.

Risk assess and work out safe practices, then ensure your staff do actually follow them.

Train your staff to treat regulatory matters seriously. They are never just boxes to be ticked.

Read questions I’m frequently asked

How long will this take?
Regrettably, regulatory investigations and prosecutions take a long time to resolve, especially if there are concurrent proceedings in criminal, civil and coroners’ courts. Efficient handling of evidence and cordial working relations with all parties can reduce the delay.

If I wind up my company, will that avoid a prosecution?
No. It could even prompt the regulator to consider charging individuals. And unlike companies, individuals can be sent to prison.

How much will this cost?
Regulatory cases are factually complex. So, handling internal and external investigations and long running prosecutions can be costly. However, check insurance policies for legal costs coverage and remember the law protects your freedom of choice of legal representation.

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