In a world of ever-increasing regulatory scrutiny, when something goes wrong, the repercussions can be serious including imprisonment or a fine.
Individuals and businesses may find themselves subject to investigations and criminal proceedings brought by a variety of regulators including:
- Health and Safety Executive
- Trading Standards
- Local Authority
- Fire Service Authority
- Environment Agency
We can advise you as any investigation unfolds, including attending formal interviews conducted by the Police and regulators (under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act) and provide you with strategic advice as the investigation progresses. Early input from our team is crucial to improving the chances of a positive outcome however, if formal enforcement action is taken, including criminal prosecution, we can advise and support you throughout the process.
As a result of the ongoing pandemic, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is now carrying out spot checks to ensure that businesses have policies and procedures in place to make them COVID secure. We can help if you receive an enforcement notice, or if the HSE takes some other form of enforcement action following the visit. Visit our Health and Safety page to find out more on our work with the HSE.
Be careful what you reference: when witness evidence waives privilege
Gabrielle looks at the recent decision in Scipharm Sarl v Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and its impact on privilege
Noel Wardle writes for P3 Pharmacy on whether pharmacies have to provide medicines in compliance aids
Do pharmacies have to provide medicines in compliance aids, and can they can charge for them?
Weighing in on the importance of attention to detail in service cases
Rory looks at recent judgments that have emphasised the need to follow correct procedure when serving documents in court cases
Noel Wardle wrote for Chemist & Druggist on the implications of the new Health and Care Bill mean for community pharmacy
The government has now published its proposed overhaul of health and care in England.
Noel Wardle quoted by Chemist and Druggist on how to make hub-and-spoke work for all independent pharmacies
Noel considers whether patients would be for or against their prescription being assembled at a hub, rather than a pharmacy.
Noel Wardle writes for Pharmacy Business on the balancing act of medicine supply
Do community pharmacies have to provide medicines in compliance aids, and can they charge for the service?
Adding claimants pre-service and amending outside the limitation period: pitfalls for the unwary
Sonia looks at a recent High Court judgment and its important guidance on the ability of claimants to be added to a claim before service
Damages-based agreements: an island of clarity in changing seas
Simon, Joe and Lauren look at a recent judgment which is a welcome island of clarity in the damages-based agreement sea of uncertainty.
Noel Wardle quoted by Chemist and Druggist on the issues that need to be considered before pharmacies adopt a hub-and-spoke dispensing model
Under current legislation, the hub-and-spoke model can be carried out by pharmacies owned by the same legal entity.
Noel Wardle writes for Chemist and Druggist on whether pharmacy professionals can be sued for COVID vaccine negligence
Noel Wardle writes for Chemist and Druggist on how pharmacists can supply the COVID-19 vaccine lawfully
Safeguarding search orders and the role of public interest: lessons to be learned from recent case law
Caroline looks at lessons to be learned from the recent decision in Calor Gas Ltd v Chorley Bottle Gas Ltd and others
Noel Wardle writes for Pharmacy Business on whether a notice to close a pharmacy can be withdrawn
Noel Wardle writes for Chemist & Druggist on the downsides of the new MUR legislation
French reform on provisional enforcement by Law and why it matters to civil and commercial disputes strategy in France
Simone looks at the French reform on provisional enforcement by Law and why it matters to civil and commercial disputes strategy in France.
“The reputation of the profession is more important than the fortunes of any individual member.”
We explore the approach regulators are taking to allegations of misconduct arising from incidents which have occurred outside working hours.
COVID-19: security for costs in an economic downturn
Caroline looks at a recent case where a party seeks to use COVID-19's economic consequences to support their security for costs application.
Claiming privilege in investigations: whose decision is it?
Abigail looks at the recent decision of A v B and another
Winds of change as GPhC releases draft FtP Strategy
Samuel looks at the recently published draft strategy for Fitness to Practise investigations from the GPhC
Noel Wardle writes for P3 Pharmacy on the risks of using volunteers to deliver medicines