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.
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Latest Regulatory News, Insights or Events
Coronavirus and the regulatory burden of care home management
David Edwards highlights the importance for care homes to continue their compliance with the Care Quality Commission's regulatory system during the coronavirus pandemic and outlines the principle areas for consideration.…
Businesses risk criminal prosecution if they contravene government’s job retention scheme
Harrison Drury's executive chairman, John Chesworth, warns that businesses flouting the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) may face investigation, prosecution or even jail. John highlights the risk to businesses…
Witnessing documents during the coronavirus pandemic
George Wilson, associate solicitor in Harrison Drury’s commercial property team, reinforces the importance of following the correct guidance for witnessing documents and how to still meet legal requirements during the…
Coronavirus COVID-19: Can athletes still be tested during the pandemic?
Matthew Astley and Hannah Pike, from Harrison Drury’s sports sector team, provide guidance for athletes who may face anti-doping testing during the coronavirus pandemic Stringent measures have been put in…
What ‘promoting professionalism, reforming regulation’ means for healthcare professionals
David Edwards, director and head of the healthcare sector team, highlights what healthcare professionals need to be aware of following the government’s response to the consultation on reforming regulation. Between…
Protect business data when buying or selling a business
Solicitor Kerry Southworth and paralegal Alice Halpin, from Harrison Drury’s corporate team have partnered with regulatory team to offer guidance on data protection during merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions. Data…
Senior promotion for Harrison Drury’s regulatory specialist
Harrison Drury has promoted senior associate David Edwards to the role of director. David, who joined the firm in 2012, is an experienced solicitor in regulatory law and also heads…
British Airways data breach fine – What you need to know
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is set to impose a record financial penalty, of £183m, against British Airways (BA) for last year’s breach to its security systems. David Edwards, head…
Health and safety on construction projects – What do I need to do?
David Edwards, head of the Regulatory and Compliance team at Harrison Drury, gives an overview of recent developments around the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) and what this could…
Will tighter regulation of medical devices hamper health innovation?
David Edwards, head of Harrison Drury’s healthcare and regulatory teams, explores how a recent investigation into unsafe medical devices may affect the healthcare sector and patients. The UK’s Royal College…