Trading standards prosecutions

We have defended many individuals and companies accused of trading standards breaches and many other regulatory offences. We have a team of lawyers with considerable expertise in trading standards and we have dealt with some of the largest cases that have been brought against people in the Crown Court. 

Trading standards prosecutions can be brought by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) together with the local authority regulatory body for trading standards. They can also be brought by the Food Standards Agency. These bodies can investigate and prosecute in number of areas and this can affect wholesale or retail businesses. The potential offences include dealing in counterfeit goods, breaching copyright and breaching trademark regulations. These investigations can have a hugely detrimental effect on business and it is important that your rights are protected from the outset. We have a team of lawyers with specialist regulatory experience who can advise you and assist you in defending these prosecutions. Contact our trading standards solicitors on 0203 816 9274 or complete our online enquiry form.

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Types of trading standards prosecution

  • Food safety
  • Food labelling
  • Product safety and product recall
  • Trade descriptions
  • Counterfeit goods
  • Advertising and sales
  • Weights and measures
  • Licensing
  • Consumer credit and contracts
  • Supply of age restricted products to minors

Trading standards investigation

If you are facing an investigation or prosecution in respect of trading standards we appreciate that often the complex legislation can be bewildering, particularly if you believe that you have done nothing wrong. The detrimental effect on you and your business can be wide reaching. You may be a manufacturer, a distributor, a retailer or another party to the investigation and in all circumstances it is important to obtain specialist advice. You may not know how the investigation started; this could be through a test purchase or a complaint made by a member of the public. That is little comfort when facing these proceedings. You need to know that your rights are protected.

Our experienced team of fraud and regulatory lawyers has the expertise and knowledge to look at the required level of detail to defend you. Contact our expert regulatory solicitors on 0203 816 9274 or complete our online enquiry form.

We're widely accredited for our work - regulatory & criminal justice

  • Legal 500

It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf. Over the years our regulatory and criminal justice team has been recognised by industry awards and accredited for their excellence.

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