Brea Carney-Jones

Solicitor

Biography

Brea is a solicitor in the regulatory department at Stephensons specialising in environmental, health and safety and food safety regulation. Brea also deals with health and social care regulation, professional discipline, houses of multiple occupation and motoring offences.

Environmental regulation

Brea provides advice and representation to individuals and companies in relation to environmental investigations carried out by the Environment Agency (EA), local authorities and other environmental regulators. In particular, Brea provides advice on investigations, civil and criminal enforcement action, and appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber).

Brea has specific experience of assisting individuals and companies in relation to initial investigations by the EA or a local authority, including advice and representation at interviews under caution (known as PACE interviews), and criminal investigations and prosecutions, including representation at Court.

Brea is a member of the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA).

Health and safety regulation

Brea represents companies and individual directors facing investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Brea advises and defends businesses and organisations across a variety of industry sectors including agriculture, construction, engineering, hotel and leisure, manufacturing, social care, retail and transport. In particular, Brea has experience of acting on behalf of businesses in relation to the following:

  • Construction management;
  • Fire safety;
  • Provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other work equipment;
  • The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR);
  • Removal of asbestos; and
  • Working at height.

Brea advises businesses at all stages of an investigation, including interviews under caution (PACE interviews), written submissions and criminal prosecutions before the Magistrates and Crown Court. Brea also deals with appeals against prohibition notices to the Employment Tribunal.

Food safety regulation

Brea provides advice and representation to individuals and businesses facing food safety and food hygiene investigations and prosecutions by local authorities. In particular, Brea provides advice in respect of the following:

  • Food safety and food hygiene investigations and prosecutions;
  • Interviews under caution;
  • Hygiene improvement notices, prohibition notices and emergency prohibition notices/orders;
  • Food condemnation orders; and
  • Food hygiene rating appeals.

Ofsted and CQC regulation

Brea represents registered providers and managers facing enforcement action by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted). In particular, Brea provides advice on compliance, challenging inspections, enforcement action, and appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Care Standards Chamber).

Brea has specific experience of assisting providers and managers in relation to:

  • Drafting representations in relation to inspection reports and ratings;
  • Challenging enforcement action taken, including: warning notices and notices to cancel, suspend or impose conditions on registration;
  • Challenging notices to refuse registration; and
  • Appeals to the First-Tier Tribunal.

Brea also represents care home providers and managers in respect of coroner’s inquests.

Brea has acted as a judge at the Great British Care Awards and the National Children and Young People Awards.

Professional discipline

Brea represents and advises a wide range of professionals across a number of sectors before their professional regulators. Brea has assisted professionals with cases before the General Medical Council (GMC), General Dental Council (GDC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Social Work England (SWE) and the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA).

Brea advises professionals at all stages of fitness to practise proceedings before their professional regulator, including initial referral and investigation, interim order tribunal hearings, fitness to practise panel hearings and appeals, and sanction review hearings.

Brea also assists professionals facing inclusion on the Adults and/or Children’s Barred List by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Brea is a member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL).

Houses of multiple occupancy

Brea advises landlords, managers, and letting agents in relation to houses of multiple occupancy (HMO) issues. In particular, she provides advice and representation in relation to enforcement action, rent repayment orders, and appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). Brea has experience in dealing with various local authorities across England.

Brea advises landlords at all stages of an investigation, including interviews under caution (PACE interviews) and criminal prosecutions before the Magistrates Court.

Motoring offences

Brea also advises clients in relation to a range of motoring offences, including drink driving, drug driving and failing to provide a specimen. Brea also has experience of representing clients at risk of ‘totting up’ and facing disqualification from driving.

What clients say

"Brea has been an amazing solicitor, she resolved our issues without any repercussions for us. We would like to thank her for all her help, support and assistance for getting us through our matter. Without her, we would have struggled with all the legal aspects of our matter. She has given us great advice and we would highly recommend her as a solicitor. We have appreciated all her time, effort and speedy responses that she has given us to help us resolve issues with the council. Would highly recommend Stephensons."

Great British Care Awards - Judge