Regulatory Law

Regulatory law
Legally reviewed by: Laura Smith

Investigations for regulatory law violations can be disruptive and damaging to your business. If your company is under investigation or facing prosecution, Cartwright King’s specialist regulatory solicitors will defend your rights, helping to clear your company of any wrongdoing and protecting your reputation.

Get in touch today to talk to a regulatory law solicitor.

Benefit from top legal representation for regulatory law investigations

Experienced legal representation from top solicitors counts for everything when faced with a regulatory law investigation. With your business reputation at stake, Cartwright King is your frontline defence in protecting your best interests.

How Cartwright King will defend you

At every stage of a regulatory law investigation, Cartwright King will be right there representing you. We will deal with the authorities on your behalf, while providing you with sound legal advice to resolve your case successfully. You can rely on us to take the lead in protecting the best interests of your company to keep your reputation intact.  

We have successfully defended entire companies, directors, professionals and individuals because we understand how regulatory law cases work. You need a law firm that can represent you at any stage at a moment’s notice, from the police station through to the Higher Courts. That’s exactly what our advocacy services give you! We’ll be there when you need us most, anywhere in the UK. You won’t get passed off, we’ll push to defend you all the way.

What makes Cartwright King right for you?

Regulatory law investigations require an immediate response. When you instruct us, we will act fast, getting up to speed with the situation and taking steps to protect your reputation and keep you free of criminal charges. You need business defence solicitors that know what they’re doing and can represent you at every stage of an investigation.

You can rely on the legal know-how of our top business defence solicitors to help you navigate regulatory law investigations unscathed, protecting you from fines, reputational damage and criminal charges. 

Call or email us now for legal representation. 

It all starts with a free initial phone discussion

Starting with a free initial phone discussion, Cartwright King offers you total support with regulatory law investigations, anywhere across the UK. 

There’s no substitute for speaking to a specialist solicitor when your business is put under the microscope. For immediate action, call us or email us for your free* initial discussion. 

The discussion is completely informal and confidential, and is an opportunity for us to:

  • Get to know you 
  • Understand your situation
  • Agree how you want to proceed

*Please be aware that this is a ‘get to know you’ call and no advice will be given.

For immediate legal representation, call us or email us and we’ll get back to you for a no-obligation, confidential discussion about your circumstances.

We're here for you.

Frequently asked questions.

What is a regulatory case and why do I need legal representation?

Your business, however large or small and whatever the sector, is governed by a regulatory framework. From safety within your business, to how you manage your business’s waste, every aspect of your working world is regulated through the application of duties and obligations set down in law.

A regulatory case exists where there is an allegation of breaching these duties or obligations or a failure to meet the required legal standard. If accused of breaching your duties or obligations, you could face a criminal investigation and prosecution by regulatory authorities such as Trading Standards or the Environment Agency

If you stand accused of violating regulatory laws, you will need legal representation to help defend against the accusations made. A regulatory solicitor is best-placed to help you understand the accusations made against, scrutinise the evidence and advise you on your legal rights.

How do I know if I’m under investigation?

Usually, you or the company secretary will receive a letter from the investigating regulatory authority inviting you to attend a meeting or appointment for an interview under caution. The letter may indicate what piece of legislation you have breached e.g. “Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974” and have the letters “PACE” in the heading.

Interviews under caution are a vital tool for regulators to gather evidence against you or your business and must be managed very carefully. The interview itself is undertaken using the same powers available to the police under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, often simply referred to as a “PACE interview”. 

If you were at a police station being asked questions about your potential involvement in the commission of a criminal offence you would want legal advice. Well, a PACE interview by a regulatory authority is just the same- so take legal advice as soon as possible.

What is Enforcement Action?

A regulatory authority like the Health and Safety Executive or a Local Authority Environmental Health team may use enforcement action against businesses and individuals to ensure compliance with duties and obligations. 

This will involve serving the business or individual with a Notice setting out what the failure is, what is required to reach the minimum standard for compliance and usually a timescale in which action must be taken. In almost all circumstances, failure to comply with the steps required in a Notice is a criminal offence.

However, in most cases there is a right to appeal against the enforcement Notice. Timely advice on your rights of appeal may save costs and disruption later.

What industry sectors does Cartwright King work with?

Our lawyers have experience in dealing with regulatory issues for businesses of all sizes in some of the most challenging business sectors, including:

  • Construction
  • Civil Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining and aggregates
  • Light and heavy industry
  • Social Care and Care Homes
  • Farming, Agriculture and Agri-chemicals
  • Retail
  • Public events, displays and attractions
  • Showmen
  • Restaurants, catering, hotel and leisure
  • Transport and distribution
  • Sports and entertainment
  • Pharmaceuticals

What areas of regulatory law does Cartwright King cover?

  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Director’s Duties
  • Breaches of Duties and Regulations
  • Abatement Notices
  • Interviews Under Caution
  • Enforcement Action, Improvement No and Prohibition Notices
  • Appeals against Notices
  • Health and Safety
  • Corporate and Gross Negligence Manslaughter
  • Environmental Law
  • Waste Management
  • Waste Packaging
  • Environmental Health
  • Food Safety
  • Closure Notices and Orders
  • Trading Standards
  • Weights and Measures and Counterfeiting
  • Planning Law
  • Coroner’s Inquests
  • Fire Safety
  • Competition and Markets Authority (formerly OFT) Investigations and Prosecutions
  • Department for Business Innovation and Skills
  • Professional Discipline
  • Local Authorities
  • Other Regulatory Bodies

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