Failure to comply with Trading Standards Law can result in criminal investigation, trading standards prosecutions and convictions.
Trading Standards Prosecutions can be brought by the Local Authority Trading Standards Department, the Office of Fair Trading or other bodies such as the Food Standards Agency. They have extensive powers to investigate and prosecute individuals or businesses. Penalties can be high and can include heavy fines and even imprisonment.
Trading Standards Prosecution covers a wide range of potential offences. We can help you or your business when facing prosecution for:
- Trade descriptions & copyright infringements
- Fair Trade
- Advertising practices
- Sales practices including online selling
- Consumer rights
- Consumer credit & contract terms
- Food labelling
- Food hygiene and safety
- Weights & measures
- Supply of age-restricted products to minors
- Product safety / recall
- Distance selling via websites, telephone sales, mail order
Legislation is often complex. Additionally, investigating officers may be assisted by police for an arrest and/or a search. Any questioning you may face will be under caution and governed by the provisions of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.
We recognise that this can be an incredibly stressful and distressing experience. Our dedicated team of specialist solicitors will be on hand when you need them most, to guide you through the various proceedings, explaining your rights and obligations. We will support you through initial investigation and interviews and be there to represent you if you are formally prosecuted and your case goes to Court.
If you or your business is facing a Trading Standards investigation, or you have received a summons to Court in respect of a trading standards matter, we strongly recommend that you contact us for urgent specialist advice, straight away.
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The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.