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 Crewe, Alsager, Congleton, Sandbach, Nantwich 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
Please submit your information and a member of the Poole Alcock team will respond to you as soon as possible. If you have a quick question, please feel free to call 01270 625478.
Tim, the man, the myth, the legend.
I just wanted to thank you for the way your solicitor, Stuart Flood defended my cousin at Crewe Magistrates Courts recently.
Stuart did a tremendous job of keeping the case at the Magistrates Courts and in getting the best possible outcome we could have ever hoped for. All concerned were mightily impressed at his skill & professionalism. Stuart and the Probation Officer were a formidable team.
Thank you once again from all the family. One never knows whats is around the corner but with respect, hopefully we won’t be in need of your defence services again, however, if we do we will know where to come.
Mr Flood is a wizard in Court!
Amazing Team! I can’t thank Derek and Hannah enough for their guidance and expertise. Thank you both so much.
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.