These days businesses are subject to regulation from many different sources.
The Health and Safety Executive, Trading Standards, VOSA, Environmental Health, Environment Agency, Office of Fair Trading, Ofgem, PhonepayPlus, FSA (Financial Services Authority), SFO (Serious Fraud Office), HMRC (HM Revenue and Customs), the Gambling Commission, the list seems endless.
Compliance can have a positive effect on business but intervention by a regulator can be very costly, cause massive disruption, and in extremis threaten the very existence of the business and the liberty of the directors. Corporate manslaughter is now a very real consideration in certain circumstances.
We offer specialist advice to ensure that in the first instance your business is compliant.
Should the worst happen however we have many years’ experience defending companies and individuals who are subject to investigation or prosecution.
Transport operators are subject to their own unique regulation by way of operator licensing enforced by VOSA and the Traffic Commissioners. We have extensive experience advising and representing HGV and PSV operators faced with a Public Inquiry. We also offer compliance auditing for maintenance and driver's hours and defend tachograph prosecutions.
Certain types of regulation such as alcohol and entertainment licensing can provide a business opportunity. Our expertise representing leisure operators all over the country can help clients to obtain a trading advantage which can be invaluable in a competitive market. Our team have recently obtained new licences in breach of the cumulative impact policy in both Nottingham and Weston Super Mare. We can also make applications for Temporary Event Notices (TENS), Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) changes, major and minor Premises Licence variations, new Premises Licence applications, and notification of interest.
We have expertise in all aspects of the leisure market licensing pubs, clubs, restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, bowling alleys, off licences, and lap dancing venues.
Our expert team is on standby to help premises subject to closure orders, review applications and prosecutions for underage sales.
Betting and Gaming is a specialist area and we can advise on all aspects including casino operation, betting shops, FOBTs, family entertainment centres, bingo halls, and online gaming.
Whatever your regulatory needs you can be assured of sound business focussed advice whether it be helping to develop your business or protect it.