Regulatory & Compliance
Investigations and Court proceedings brought by statutory bodies, local authorities and professional regulators, have the potential to severely damage businesses and individuals, both financially, and in terms of their general reputation.
Proceedings brought for health and safety breaches, speeding and motoring offences, planning offences, trading standards offences, food hygiene breaches and so on, can impose serious criminal sanctions on both businesses and individuals.
Additionally, healthcare proceedings can severely curtail or remove the right of a medical professional to practice in their chosen field, with the obvious severe financial and reputational consequences of that.
Our expertise includes defending businesses and individuals from investigation and prosecution by a wide range of organisations, including:
- Statutory bodies – Police and Crown Prosecution Service, Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency
- Motoring prosecutions– Representation for business owners, key employees and other individuals in proceedings for speeding and motoring offences; representation for businesses subject to investigations by VOSA
- Local authorities – Planning Departments, Trading Standards, Environmental Health, Licensing
- Healthcare regulators – General Medical Council, General Dental Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Care Quality Commission, Veterinary Medicines Directorate
In today’s highly regulated society, it has never been more important for businesses to have the right legal systems and procedures in place to ensure they are compliant with the raft of legislation imposed upon them.
This includes having access to specialist and expert legal advice at the earliest possible stage of an investigation, and in any subsequent prosecution.
Harrison Drury makes it possible for businesses and individuals to mitigate risk, avoid prosecution and reduce financial exposure from regulatory investigation and prosecution. We also make it possible for businesses and individuals to reduce or remove the reputational damage caused by regulatory investigation and prosecution.
Harrison Drury is also able to offer businesses a dedicated insurance-backed product to help eliminate legal costs resulting from such proceedings – this makes it possible for businesses to avoid incurring potentially significant financial cost on legal fees throughout an investigation and/or prosecution.
Not only does this product enable businesses to ring-fence their legal costs on an annual basis for defending regulatory proceedings, but it gives them access to specialist legal advice at each stage of the proceedings, for example initial investigations, site visits, interviews and court hearings – cases can be won or lost at this early stage.
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