Priscilla Addo-Quaye

Associate Solicitor

Priscilla is an associate solicitor specialising in regulatory matters.

Priscilla graduated with a first class degree from Lancaster University. After successful completion of the graduate diploma in law and the legal practice course Priscilla joined Stephensons as a graduate paralegal in the commercial department in October 2009. She commenced her training contract with the firm in September 2010.

After qualifying as a solicitor in September 2012, Priscilla began her current role in the regulatory department. She was promoted to an associate of the firm in 2017. 

Areas of specialism

Priscilla advises self-employed business owners, SMEs and limited companies across a wide range of industry sectors in all matters pertaining to regulatory defence.

Priscilla provides advice to businesses and organisations in relation to investigations and prosecutions commenced by the following regulatory bodies:

  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
  • Fire and Rescue Authorities
  • Trading Standards
  • Local Councils
  • Environmental Health
  • Environment Agency (EA)
  • Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

Priscilla has developed a practice specialising in health and safety, fire safety, environmental law and financial services regulation. She also advises businesses in respect of breaches of licensing conditions.   

Priscilla understands the impact that alleged regulatory breaches will have on your business. She provides practical legal advice to limit the scope of potential damage to your business and its reputation. 

Priscilla is experienced in defending businesses during all stages of an investigation or prosecution. She provides advice and assistance in all aspects of regulatory defence including:

  • Compliance advice
  • Assistance in relation to improvement, prohibition and enforcement notices
  • Representing company directors, managers and employees at PACE interviews under caution
  • Representation at coroner’s inquests
  • Representation and advice during enforcement proceedings at Magistrates Court and Crown Court

Priscilla also has expertise advising on complex criminal matters pertaining to fraud and financial crime. 

Priscilla is a member of the Law Society Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme, Health and Safety Lawyers Association, Financial Services Lawyers Association and Women in the Law UK.

Notable Cases

U v HSE [2017] Acted on behalf of a food manufacturer facing enforcement action by the HSE following incident whereby employee’s hand and wrist became trapped in a machine.  Based on seriousness of offence Company was at risk of receiving fine between £30,000 and £110,000.  Court persuaded by sentencing submissions that substantial fine would adversely affect Company’s ability to continue trading therefore court awarded fine of £13,333 payable over six and a half years. 

K v HSE [2017] Acted on behalf of a self-employed scaffolder following scaffolding collapse incident.  Offences under Health and Safety at Work Act and Construction (Design and Management) Regulations committed. At sentence, court successfully persuaded by sentencing submissions that case was one of medium culpability and client avoided a prison sentence as a result.

S v Fire and Rescue Service [2016] Represented a company director and limited company in respect of various article breaches under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. Prosecution persuaded to drop charges against director and proceeded against company alone.

R v HSE [2016] Represented limited company and engineer alleged to have committed breaches under Gas Safety Regulations and Provision of Work Equipment Regulations which resulted in an almost fatal carbon monoxide poisoning incident. Newton hearing whereby court persuaded by expert evidence that failure of appliance safety mechanism made a significant contribution to incident.

G v Trading Standards [2016] Acted on behalf of a retailer accused of selling counterfeit goods.  Significant quantity of goods seized by Trading Standards. Following an interview under caution, matter was dealt with out of court by way of a caution.  Company director relieved court proceedings were averted due to reputational damage that would have ensued. 

M v Environment Agency [2016] Represented self-employed defendant accused of depositing controlled waste otherwise than in accordance with an environmental permit. No evidence offered by the Environment Agency at trial. 

What others say

Priscilla Addo-Quaye is ‘brilliant at eliciting trust in her clients and managing complex cases’.- UK Legal 500 2017

Priscilla was also recommended in the UK Legal 500 2016 as an ‘incredibly bright’ solicitor.

“Priscilla has been exceptional in how understanding she has been and how responsive she has been. I appreciate the way Priscilla has kept us informed at every stage and responded immediately when I have asked a question or needed clarification. Thanks so much” - View from a satisfied client

"I would recommend this firm, especially Priscilla who was reliable and very helpful and always kept me updated throughout my case." - View from a satisfied client