No organisation or commercial activity can avoid the increasing impact of regulatory issues, as the red tape affecting businesses operating in the UK / EU is now more prevalent, complex and difficult to comply with than ever before.
Any incident leading to an investigation of an alleged regulatory breach can have a catastrophic effect on your business, ranging from loss of management time and remediation costs to criminal and civil proceedings. The resulting damage to public reputation, brand image and customer relationships can be material.
The Penningtons Manches Cooper regulatory team has market-leading international expertise in the commercial and litigious aspects of regulation, spanning a wide range of sectors. We work very closely with clients of all types to assess and reduce exposure to litigation risk. We start by identifying your obligations under the appropriate regulations and then assist with the creation of risk assessments and strategies to ensure you comply - all with the minimum interference necessary to your key business objectives.
Following an adverse event and / or investigation by regulatory enforcement authorities, it is vital to swiftly deploy specialist expertise to protect the interests of the business and its human capital. We have a wealth of crisis management experience, advising the most senior executives how to handle the immediate aftermath of such situations.
We facilitate constructive dialogue with investigating authorities, whilst always prioritising protection of your rights and ensuring effective communication to your key stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers and the local community.
Acting for a research body threatened with prosecution as a result of a failure of a ventilation system in a Category 3 high containment laboratory.
Advising a leading global distributor of construction products on the development of its corrective action / product recall policies, establishing the systems and standards applicable to mitigate the costs and risks associated with product safety incidents.
Acting for a listed car dealership group on potential environmental regulatory issues arising from groundwater and soil pollution from hydrocarbons, solvents and other pollutants; and advising on an environmental liability indemnity insurance policy.