We advise listed companies, small and medium sized enterprises, and other public and private bodies on a range of regulatory issues.

Our specialist lawyers can help with the following:

  • anticipating regulatory change;
  • defending against charges by regulatory bodies;
  • influencing policy makers to change outcomes (where feasible);
  • undertaking compliance audits;
  • delivering training; and
  • repairing damaged relationships with regulators.

We have successfully negotiated with various regulators ensuring that criminal sanctions are avoided and, in many instances, have assisted in building improved relationships between businesses and regulators.

The Hugh James regulatory team has worked with clients in a wide range of industries operating under different regulatory bodies including healthcare, food and drink, utilities, construction, military, retail, leisure and transport.

Our experience in this field means that we understand regulatory trends. We know that regulators are encouraged by central government to adopt a more proportionate approach to regulation, reserving prosecution for the most serious offenders and to consult with businesses and stakeholders in setting industry standards. More openness is encouraged in discussing compliance failures having due regard to the cost of compliance and legitimate business interests.

Regulatory investigations experience

The Hugh James regulatory team are acknowledged as leaders in this field and have a broad experience of representing corporate clients in investigations including the following:

  • Health and Safety at Work
  • Regulatory compliance including the Residential Care Sector, Food Safety and Fire Safety Breaches
  • Companies Act Prosecutions
  • Investigations by OFT e.g. consumer protection and unfair practices
  • Investigation by the Companies Investigation Branch of BERR
  • Asset forfeiture and confiscation
  • Money Laundering and the Regulated Sector
  • Environmental Protection
  • Data Protection
  • Copyright Protection
  • HMRC investigations
  • Financial Services Authority (FSA) investigations and enforcement
  • Road Traffic Prosecutions relating to the operation of business fleets
  • Trading Standards
  • Trade Marks Act

Regulatory investigations testimonials

Hugh James ‘puts in that bit extra for its clients’. Martin Jones heads the fraud team, and clients have ‘full confidence’ in his professional regulation and corporate tax experience.
The Legal 500 2015

Martin Jones at Hugh James specialises in white-collar crime matters, fraud and money laundering cases, and regulatory defence. The firm also handles defendant environmental crime and motoring cases, and prosecutes on behalf of VOSA.
The Legal 500 2013

Martin Jones heads Hugh James’ white-collar crime department. The team defends environmental crime and motoring offences, and prosecutes on behalf of the VOSA.
The Legal 500 2012

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