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Trading standards

Investigations by Trading Standards can be a distressing time, especially as it is not always clear how the investigations have been started, or even why!  The consequences can be severe and include substantial fines or imprisonment.

With such little clarity, it is understandable that any issue is likely to impact on your personal and professional life. For peace of mind, it is important to seek specialist advice to help guide you through proceedings to ensure minimal disruption.


Trading Standards & The Law

Trading Standards is an umbrella term for regulating Trading Standards.  It is usually aligned with local authority standards departments, working with a number of bodies including the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Legislation covers many different potential offences and is of specific relevance to any business concerned with the supply of goods and services or manufacture.

Trading Standards conduct various investigations, all of which can lead to prosecution, and include:

  • Breaching copyright
  • Dealing in counterfeit goods
  • Breaching trademark regulations

More specifically, a number of areas could become the subject of prosecution by any party under Trading Standards, at any given time:

  • Weights and measures
  • Licensing
  • Food labelling
  • Advertising and sales
  • Product safety and recall
  • Food safety
  • Supply of age restricted products to minors
  • Trade descriptions


Prosecution & Sentences

Whilst there are severe penalties served for non-compliance with Trading Standards, ranging from a formal caution, financial penalties or even imprisonment, it is the potential for reputation damage and its consequences that must also be taken into account.

The advice is to always take a proactive approach to Trading Standards, and here is where the help of an experienced solicitor can prove invaluable to you and the longevity of your business.


Need a Trading Standards Solicitor?

If you are faced with an investigation or prosecution from Trading Standards, knowing where or how to start to prepare your case can seem impossible, especially with the bewildering array of complex legislation involved.

The good news is that Lawtons Solicitors are specialist in this field, fully versed in the workings of Trading Standards and ready and available to help and support you and your business – so you can be safe in the knowledge that your rights are protected and your business operations will be defended with maximum authority.



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