Leading regulatory solicitors, Manchester and London
At Olliers we understand the impact a Regulatory Investigation can have upon the lives of an individual and their business or professional life.
Our Regulatory Team is known for its pro-active approach to ‘crisis management’ adopting a sure footed and holistic strategy from the outset.
We look to establish early dialogue with investigators, exploring all avenues with a view to achieving a swift resolution. Our primary objective is to nip an investigation in the bud and minimise the impact upon our clients.
We are frequently instructed prior to an interview under caution, often at the point of a ‘dawn raid’.
Our lawyers can advise you in relation to the following regulatory areas:
- Director Disqualification
- Environmental Damage
- First Tier Tax Tribunals
- Food Safety
- General Product Safety Regulations
- Healthy & Safety Prosecutions
- Insolvency Disputes
- Intellectual Property
- Trading Standards Prosecutions
- Olliers represented a substantial IT part seller with a multimillion pound turnover subject to a Trading Standards investigation into the authenticity of computer accessories. A significant number of items were seized and notices were served under schedule 5 of the Consumer Rights Act 2015. This was a complex investigation which subsequently focused on General Product Safety Regulations 2005. Following a lengthy and protracted dialogue with the Trading Standards Team and the Local Authority Legal Department the investigation came to an amicable conclusion with our clients not even being interviewed under caution.
- R v G – Represented a company director at Manchester Crown Court for trading standards offences. He was prosecuted for selling children’s chairs on ebay which didn’t pass the necessary safety standards and also used trademarked logos.
- R v H – Represented a individual alleged to have been involved in manufacturing and selling counterfeit goods in the Cheetham Hill District of Manchester. The case was discontinued after negotiations with the prosecuting authority and co-defendants.
- R v I – Represented a client for allegations of unlicensed pharmaceutical drug importation and sales, and money laundering. The client and her partner were alleged to be responsible for importing generic Viagra from India and selling it through various companies on ebay. This was a complex case involving large amounts of financial and transactional records.
- R v J – Represented a client prosecuted for unauthorised treatment of waste at his waste management plant.
- R v A – Environment Agency prosecution where the client was engaged as a director in an illegal and unregulated operation in handling or transportation of waste which was exceedingly hazardous.
- Representation of disqualified director facing Insolvency Service prosecution for breach of director disqualification.
- Acted for former partner in property investment business facing Insolvency Service prosecution for fraudulent trading in alleged ‘ponzi’ fraud.
- Acted for company directors seeking to register small payment institution with Financial Conduct Authority following revocation of ‘fit and proper’ status.
- Manchester Crown Court – acquittal of defendant prosecuted by Birmingham Trading Standards Illegal Money Lending Team.
- Acted for directors of company facing allegation of re use of company name following insolvency ‘phoenix’ offence – section 216 of the Insolvency Act 1986.
- Leeds Crown Court, acquittal of IT consultant facing NHS Fraud.
- Representation of detention officers following death in custody at Harmondsworth Detention Centre Heathrow.
- Representation of Prison Governor during police investigation following cell suicide at Merseyside prison (no charges brought).
- Representation of solicitor facing SRA investigation following mobile phone communication with defendant in custody
Olliers can accept instructions on a fixed fee basis or on an hourly rate basis. If you have a policy of insurance with legal expenses cover then we can work with the insurance provider so you have representation of your choice. If you are unsure as to whether your policy covers you then we are happy to assist you and look into this for you
Many clients that come to us think that if they are utilising the benefit of their legal expenses insurance then they need to use their insurer’s recommended ‘panel solicitor’. This is simply not true. Section 6 of The Insurance Companies (Legal Expenses Insurance) Regulations 1990 makes this explicitly clear. It is our experience that insurers sometimes refuse to accept that the regulations apply in an attempt to impose their own panel of lawyers so as to control the supply and cost of legal advice. If you encounter any difficulties with your insurance company insisting you use their panel solicitor we would suggest you contact us as we are extremely experienced at successfully challenging decisions of insurers as to freedom to choose your own lawyer.
Expert regulatory lawyers (Manchester & London)
If you are facing a regulatory investigation or the possibility of an investigation and wish to speak to one of our team please contact us at the earliest possible opportunity for a confidential discussions We are able to represent you wherever you are based across England and and Wales.
Our Regulatory Team is headed by our Managing Director Matthew Claughton and other members are Toby Wilbraham, Zita Spencer. Each of our specialists has substantial experience in dealing with a range of regulatory investigations and prosecutions as well as complex criminal cases.