Court & Tribunal Representation

If your business has been investigated by any enforcement agency then it is possible that criminal court proceedings could follow or you may be required to appear before a tribunal to consider the suitability of your business to hold its licence.

It is strongly recommended that you seek court representation to achieve the best possible case outcome and that you do so promptly.

In criminal proceedings, summonses or charges may be brought against a sole trader or partners in a business. Where a limited company is prosecuted, directors may also be pursued as individuals as well. In serious cases, very substantial fines and other sanctions up to and including imprisonment can be imposed.

We can assist in proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court by advising you about:

  • the strength of evidence and defences
  • whether pleas of guilty or not guilty should be entered
  • court procedure
  • likely prospects of acquittal or likely sentence if convicted
  • costs and other orders such as confiscation (POCA).
Examples of prosecuting authorities include HSE, Environment Agency, Trading Standards, local government, Police, DVSA, DEFRA, HMRC and many more.

We can also advise and assist in relation to representation before many other tribunals or regulatory bodies outside criminal proceedings, where action may be taken for breaches of licences by the regulatory authority.

For advice and representation in relation to all regulatory-related matters please contact Tim Ridyard and Tim Norris in our specialist team.


How can we help?

If you have an enquiry or you would like to find out more about our services, why not contact us?

0333 220 9071

Alternatively, make an enquiry or request a call back by filling out a form.

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