For businesses across a multitude of industries, the time and costs spent in complying with ever-changing government regulations can feel restrictive.
However, in many areas, regulations are essential in promoting an ethical code of practice, maintaining a certain standard and protecting the rights of consumers, employees and the environment.
If your business is facing a regulatory investigation, it’s natural for you to be concerned about the potential fine you may face as well as the damage it could cause to your reputation. Obtaining advice and legal assistance from our specialist team of regulatory defence solicitors will ensure that your commercial interests are protected and a fair outcome is achieved.
Why choose Redkite Solicitors for regulatory defence?
All too often, we see businesses facing criminal investigations for regulatory offences after making genuine, honest mistakes that cannot be taken back. At Redkite Solicitors, we understand how detrimental an allegation of this nature can be to your company. That’s why our regulatory defence solicitors strive each day to help local businesses across Wales challenge the accusations they are faced with; allowing them to move forward and focus on growing their business.
With an extensive understanding of the investigation process, you can rely on our specialist regulatory defence solicitors to help you navigate through to a reasonable result. Where interviews are required, rest assured that a member of our dedicated team will be at hand with strategic advice and assistance when you need it the most.
As well as our expertise within regulatory law, our vast experience working with companies of all sizes across the country should provide you with the peace of mind that your case is in safe hands. In order to proactively advance your case, your dedicated solicitor will take swift action to build a successful defence, challenging the prosecution to ensure your business can recover from the allegation.
How can our regulatory defence solicitors help you?
With vigour and determination, our regulatory defence solicitors will advise and represent you through the following:
- Environmental offences
- Food Hygiene offences
- HMRC tax and accounting fraud investigations
- Health and Safety offences
- Risk management
- Trading Standards offences
We recognise how stressful it can be to face an investigation or allegation regarding a regulatory offence, so our team will always keep your best interests at heart through each stage of your case. As well as securing the best possible result through a well-crafted defence, our dedicated team will work proactively with your business to guide you through the compliance maze and assist with document management.
Regulatory Crime FAQ
Why do regulations exist in business?
Regulations exist to provide an ethical framework for businesses to ensure that minimum standards are met across all areas; such as trading, health and safety and employment. In order to enforce regulations, the government has appointed a number of regulatory bodies to promote good practice across a particular industry. An example of this is the Food Standards Agency, the department responsible for protecting public health in relation to food products in the UK. Though handling government red tape can be particularly time consuming to some businesses, the penalties for those who fail to comply can be severe: from hefty fines to prison sentences.
What is a regulatory offence?
By failing to comply with government regulations, your business commits what is known as a regulatory offence. Regulatory offences tend to be acts of professional negligence, as they usually involve a party failing to comply with the legal standards in a certain industry. This is why they are usually in a category of their own; as in most cases no direct harm is done to another individual, but a regulation put in place to protect the public has been breached.
What is the penalty for failing to comply with regulations?
The penalties you could potentially face for a regulatory prosecution will depend on the circumstances surrounding the offence, and each situation will be weighed out individually before a decision is reached., As an example however, an unlimited fine could be imposed on your business, or even a prison sentence of up to 6 months for a serious Trading Standards offence. It’s important to note that individuals within a business can be held personally liable for offences committed by their business, while the company faces another charge as a separate legal entity. To avoid facing penalties such as these, we recommend that you obtain the advice of a specialist regulatory defence solicitor as early as possible.
At Redkite Solicitors, we are experts in regulatory law. We understand the demands of regulatory bodies, and have significant experience defending businesses and individuals to success.
To arrange an appointment, get in touch with one of our regulatory defence solicitors today.