If you or your business are being investigated for trading standards allegations then it is essential that you receive specialist legal advice. A trading standards prosecution can be brought by a number of different Regulatory Bodies, against individuals and businesses. Potential offences that can be investigated include:
You or your business could become subject to an investigation by way of a complaint made by a consumer. Alternatively it may be as a result of a test purchase made by a Trading Standards official.
If you receive a letter from Trading Standards raising a concern about your business then it is important that you receive legal advice before responding. At Poole Alcock we can assist you in your response and make written representations on your behalf. Written representations can mean the difference between an investigation against you and your business leading to a prosecution or being concluded with no further action. Sometimes it may be appropriate to negotiate formal or informal agreements about future conduct of the business. This can prevent the investigation continuing and prosecutions being pursued.
If you have received an invitation to attend for an interview under caution, then it is essential that you receive legal advice and representation for that interview. Depending on the circumstances of the interview, legal aid may be available to you.
When cases progress to prosecution, the sanctions available to the Court include a financial penalty, and in some circumstances a custodial sentence.
We will be happy to discuss fixed fee representation to defend your case. Poole Alcock has expert regulatory defence solicitors based in offices across Cheshire, including Birmingham, Crewe, Chester, Alsager, Congleton, Sandbach, Manchester, Nantwich, Northwich and Wilmslow.
The effects of a trading standards investigation and/or prosecution can have a significant detrimental effect on your business. At Poole Alcock we can assist you in defending allegations that have been made against you and your business, regardless of which stage of the investigation your case is at. Legal Aid may be available, depending on the nature of your case, and your means. If Legal Aid is not available to you then Poole Alcock offer competitive rates for representation and advice.Contact Us Today
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I would just like to personally drop you a line to thank you for your considerable personal and professional effort today, I am well aware that its your job, however when I spoke to Scott before he assured me without reservation that you were the man for the job, he was absolutely correct, I would have no hesitation in recommending your services to anyone who may be in as an unfortunate situation that we were today.
Tim was easy to talk to and provided appropriate re-assurance
Your professionalism and commitment to my case was exceptional. Your attention to detail and also the time you spent preparing with me for the court date was above and beyond expectations.
The administration support and communication from Poole Alcock was exceptional throughout, with prompt return of phone calls and correspondence. I must thank Ruth Holloway in particular for her commitment and tenacity in successfully appealing the initial refund of my legal fees. Thank you.
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Thank you so much for all your preparation and work in the court this morning. I want to thank you and each of the solicitors that helped me over the last 18 months. I would also like to say a big thank you to the office and reception staff who have always been most helpful and polite to me.
The unexpected experience of a H&S Executive prosecution was facing my company and this proved to extend over a period of several months because of the slow process. I instructed Poole Alcock to handle the matter on behalf of the company and I found Dan Brooks, the Partner who heads up Criminal Litigation, to be extremely supportive and responsive from initial enquiry and instruction through to the hearing and thereafter. The process did prove to be stressful but Poole Alcock walked us through each stage and ensured that it went as smoothly as possible. I was specifically grateful for Dan’s advice on the day of the trial. Their advice proved to be accurate and their recommendations were offered sympathetically and in a measured way.
I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the services of Poole Alcock to any company facing similar circumstances.