Regulatory, Compliance & Investigations

Businesses today face increasingly complex legislation. The government and independent agencies can demand corporate investigations if it is suspected that a business and its employees are in breach of any regulation. We defend and do everything we can to protect both.

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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.

Health & Safety »

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.

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Steffan Groch Video

Health, Social Care & Education

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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Vikki Woodfine Video

Food regulation

We are one of the few 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.

Environmental »

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.

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Simon Stuttaford Video

Corporate investigation

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.


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. 

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Joanne Witheford Video

How we can help

We can help you go further with a range of products, training and sector expertise.

Some of our experts

Steffan Groch

Partner and Head of Regulatory - Head of Sectors

I head up DWF's national Regulatory team as well as leading the firm’s ‘go to market’ sector expertise. I am also Chair of the UK Health and Safety Lawyers Association.

Hilary Ross

Executive Partner (London) - Head of Retail, Food & Hospitality

Recognised by The Lawyer as one of the UK’s Top 100 lawyers, I advise clients on compliance and challenges across the EU in relation to products, systems and safety.

Simon Stuttaford

Partner - Head of Nuclear & Joint Head of Environment

I am a Partner at DWF and Head of Nuclear and Joint Head of Environment. I have advised on commercial arrangements in the UK nuclear sector (primarily decommissioning) and have experience in licensing and nuclear regulatory issues. I also have broad environmental experience (both contentious and non-contentious) and have acted for a range of clients covering a variety of sectors.

Paul Matthews

Partner - Head of Regulatory (Yorkshire and North East)

I am a Partner in the Regulatory team and a corporate defence specialist who provides up-front regulatory compliance advice and representation to businesses and senior managers in relation to investigations and prosecutions by regulatory bodies.

Dominic Watkins

Partner - Head of Food Group

I am Head of DWF’s internationally renowned food sector group as well as being Head of Regulatory in London.

Vikki Woodfine

Partner - Head of Road Haulage & Logistics

Best known as the “Lorry Lawyer” I am also Head of the Road Haulage & Logistics group at DWF and specialise in health and safety defence work and road transport law.

Joanne Witheford

Senior Solicitor - Deputy Head of Road Haulage & Logistics

I am a regulatory lawyer specialising in health and safety, manslaughter defence and road transport law.

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