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.
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.
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.