Our Regulatory, Compliance and Investigations team provide advice on environmental and food regulations, retail law, bribery, advertising, transport, care and safe guarding and nuclear decommissioning. We also work on private prosecutions where the police and the CPS do not prosecute, along with general crime.
As a leading regulatory compliance law firm, health and safety regulation is one of our key strengths. We are very well respected and are ranked by Chambers as the number one legal team in the UK. We work with many FTSE 100 companies and have provided expert advice after incidents including the Didcot power station collapse and the Bosley flour mill explosion. When disasters strike we implement our crisis response service which brings together specialist consultants including lawyers, PR specialists, clinical psychologists, IT forensics specialists and industry bodies as well as consultants specialising in safeguarding online reputation. Find out More >
We deal with matters ranging from abuse and safeguarding issues to more general health and safety incidents. When we take on a case or investigation for a client we understand the multi-agency approach and can successfully manage the emotional and employee well-being aspects. We introduce our crisis response service, help clients through the entire process and also respond directly to the press. We are also experienced in challenging inspection gradings and have helped a number of clients to get on a better footing in relation to the external reflection of their business.
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We are one of the few regulatory compliance law firms in the UK that can truly offer clients a full legal service when it comes to food regulation. We help clients from the initial launch of a new product and throughout the product life cycle. When clients face a product challenge, whether that be a marketing or food standards issue, we have successfully challenged adverse rulings. Where possible, we try to avoid court at all costs and make sure our clients' brands are protected. Where a piece of food regulation is particularly challenging, we will talk directly to the Regulators and the Public Affairs Consultancy. Find out More >
We know that environmental regulation is at the forefront of our clients' agenda and that in recent years they have had to deal with increasingly complex obligations in relation to environmental compliance. Our specialist environmental team have extensive experience and represent clients who are under investigation by the Environmental Agency and local authorities. Find out More >
The demands of shareholders, investors, employees and regulators, plus the modern day corporate governance approach to business ethics, all demand a transparent and comprehensive response to any internal investigation that relates to regulatory or compliance issues. For our clients, we manage an investigation throughout all stages. This has a number of benefits including legal privilege and providing clients with a real route cause analysis of a failure so that lessons can be learnt and changes implemented. Find out More >
Haulage and coach companies have an obvious need for transport regulatory advice, however where we find our expertise is of most importance is to those clients who don’t necessarily operate vehicles as their primary business, such as retailers, manufacturers, construction companies and utility companies, who all have a requirement to transport their goods. Our team help clients with all aspects of operator licensing, ranging from applying for an operator licence, making any changes to an operator licence or if things go wrong assisting the company when they face losing their licence. Find out More >
A private prosecution is a prosecution started by a private individual, or entity who/which is not acting on behalf of the police or other prosecuting authority. In recent years more and more individuals and companies are pursuing this course of action. This is due in part to resource constraints experienced by the police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). If you are considering a private prosecution then our private prosecution team at DWF can help.
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In this article we look at the recent decision by the Court of Appeal which addresses when Article 2 of the European Convention of Human Rights – the right to life – is engaged in the context of deaths in care homes, and therefore when the wider conclusion into the circumstances by which the person came by their death is required.
Next month (on 24 July), new regulations regarding the control of acquisitions of Polish companies by entities outside the EU, EEA and OECD come into force. The control will apply to acquisitions of shares giving min. 20% of votes in entities considered key to maintaining safety, order and public health. Lack of notification of the planned acquisition will be subject to severe sanctions (fine up to PLN 50 million or imprisonment from 6 months to 5 years).
This article looks at the recent surge of high profile private prosecution cases against public officials that have hit the headlines.
Andrew Jacobs, Head of Regulatory Consulting at DWF and Imogen Makin, Head of Financial Services Regulatory Investigations comment on the appointment of Nikhil Rathi as the new CEO of the FCA.
"Even in the pandemic, we want to make it possible for industry and medium-sized companies to work as safely as possible. Employers have a special responsibility for their employees to protect them from infections," said the German Chancellor and the heads of the federal states' governments on May 6, 2020, in a resolution to further relax measures to contain the COVID 19 pandemic. With the relaxation of measures, employers are faced with the increasing pressure of meeting their responsibilities to ensure the health of their employees.
The Scottish Parliament has passed regulations enacting its "deposit return scheme" despite opposition from trade bodies. From July 2022, every time a drink in a single use container is sold in Scotland a 20 pence deposit will be added to its price. We consider some of the additional requirements contained in the final form of the regulations.