Trading Standards

trading standards
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If your business is under investigation by Trading Standards, Cartwright King’s trusted Trading Standards Lawyers offer fast, efficient and effective legal advice and representation to protect your rights and your reputation. Benefit from our years of experience of successfully defending businesses investigated by Trading Standards.

For immediate action, get in touch with a Cartwright King Trading Standards Solicitor now.

How Cartwright King Can Help You

Cartwright King’s Trading Standards Solicitors provide the legal support you need at every stage of your case. From initial investigations to prosecution proceedings, we will do everything we can to build the strongest defence possible to protect your business interests, minimise disruption and limit action against you. We can help with:

  • Preparing you for HSE Interviews Under Caution and PACE interviews
  • Representation at the Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court
  • Appealing decisions against you in the Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court 
  • Investigating body liaison to protect your interests 
  • Preparing written statements to protect your business from unwanted media scrutiny

Speak to a Specialist Solicitor Now

If you suspect that you are going to be investigated, or you are already under investigation by Trading Standards, fast action is needed on your part to get the right legal advice.

Get in touch with Cartwright King immediately to speak to a specialist Trading Standards Solicitor, which gives you the opportunity to explain your situation and find out how we can best support you.

There is no substitute for speaking to one of our specialist solicitors to get the right advice, and ensuring that you are well prepared when facing a Trading Standards investigation. 

For immediate action, call us or email us for an initial discussion. 

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

  • Get to know you 
  • Understand your situation
  • Advise you on legal fees
  • Agree how you want to proceed

Why Choose Cartwright King for Trading Standards Investigations?

You want your case to be in the hands of experienced, tactful and trustworthy solicitors when facing a Trading Standards investigation. 

As a nationally renowned law firm with a reputation for defending against regulatory criminal investigations, we’re well positioned to properly present your case and represent you. 

We listen, we understand and we genuinely care about the best interests of your business. That’s why we offer sound, reliable legal advice to ensure that you understand your rights when you’re under investigation. 

Cartwright King can defend you against a wide range of issues, giving you peace of mind that your case is in good hands.

Working with a specialist Cartwright King solicitor gives you the assurance of having access to legal counsel who will advise you at every stage of your case. We know that Trading Standards investigations can be damaging to your business publicly. 

That’s why we will do everything we can to clear you of wrongdoing or minimise any action against you.

We are committed to defending your legal rights and your business reputation, ensuring that you are treated fairly throughout your case. When you need us most, we will be there to offer sound, sensible legal advice and sure guidance.  

We are a trusted, resourceful Legal 500 top tier law firm with specialist solicitors that are calm under pressure, giving you defence counsel that you can count on.

Legal Fees

Legal fees will be charged in accordance with the work required for your case. Costs will be agreed with you before any work starts and you will be given clear information detailing the cost commitment.

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Frequently asked questions.

Who are Trading Standards?

Trading Standards are a government service that makes sure that consumers are protected from unfair trading, allowing them to successfully support businesses that are legitimate.

The body exists to enforce fair trading, monitor product safety, make sure age limits and restrictions are correctly in place, combat illegal activity and also make sure all weights and measures are enforced.

The Trading Standards Office (TSO) has a duty to investigate complaints from consumers and prosecute or hold business accountable for illegal activity.

What can Cartwright King defend my business against?

If your business is facing, or is already under investigation by Trading Standards, Cartwright King can offer legal advice on a wide range of issues including, but not limited to:

  • Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading
  • Trade descriptions
  • Trademarks and copyright infringement
  • Misleading prices and advertising
  • Manufacturers, importers, wholesalers and suppliers liabilities
  • Supply chain problems
  • Consumer credit and contract terms
  • Product safety
  • Product recalls
  • Labelling
  • Animal welfare
  • Ages restricted sales
  • Food and risks to public health
  • Action under the Enterprise Act 2002
  • Closure Notices and Closure Orders

What powers do Trading Standards have?

Trading Standards Officers have numerous powers and sanctions they can impose on your business including, but not limited to:

  • Investigating alleged criminal offences using many of the same powers as the police
  • Prosecuting individuals and businesses in the criminal courts
  • Demanding the production of documentation
  • Making test purchases to gather evidence against you
  • Powers to seize and detain goods and documentation
  • Powers to enter your premises with or without a warrant
  • Power to inspect and test products
  • Prohibition of placing items on the market

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