Trading standards investigations
Our specialist team of trading standards solicitors has many years of defending businesses facing Trading Standards investigations and prosecutions. Our areas of expertise include advising our clients on safe products, trade descriptions, fair trading, sale of age restricted products and consumer rights in sectors ranging from food to DIY products.
Trading Standards are governed by a variety of pieces of legislation and the type of investigation that is being undertaken can vary enormously. Our team has wide-ranging experience of many different trading standards investigations and we can support you through every stage with the aim of avoiding a potential prosecution.
We can help you ensure that what is required of your business is fair and assist you in reaching compliance to ensure minimal disruption to your business. We can assist you in obtaining appropriate testing and provide guidance and support in relation to the powers of the regulators to enter premises, seize goods and gather evidence. Representation can also be provided at interviews under caution and, in the event that a decision is taken to prosecute your business, we can advise you on those court proceedings.
Some of our recent cases have involved:
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- Advising in relation to an international shoe retailer’s advertising
- Advising in relation to the trade description of a unique sealant product
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