Businesses are bound and regulated by many different areas of legislation, enforced by specialist regulatory bodies. Of course, these regulations serve important purposes; they provide important protections for consumers, for the environment and for the business’ own employees.
However, this doesn’t mean that regulations are always easy to follow. They can be complex, multi-faceted and in some cases hard to pin down with specifics, and this often makes a company’s regulatory obligations hard to navigate and to keep track of effectively.
For this reason, it is often necessary for businesses to seek the advice of a qualified and experienced legal expert in managing their regulatory compliance. In my career as a regulatory barrister, I have made this one of the key areas of the law on which I have focused, building up a large and varied portfolio of experience in helping companies comply with the demands of regulators as well as helping to defend them if regulators are taking action against them. I offer the same services as traditional regulatory solicitors, however I can also act as your regulatory barrister by representing you in court.
If you require services offered by typical regulatory lawyers as well as an experienced barrister then please contact my clerk and ask for Stuart Jessop on 0207 797 8408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The main areas of regulation in which regulatory solicitors can provide expert help and assistance are:
Stuart is able to advise and represent individuals, public bodies or commercial or other organisations on a range of information law matters including:
- Freedom of Information Act 2000
- Environmental Information Regulations 2004
- Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
- Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights
Health and Safety
Health and safety regulations govern many aspects of a business. Just a few examples include the nature of its premises, the way it operates at “ground level” and the training received by staff who are carrying out potentially risky activities. Health and safety responsibilities are also owed to members of the public and anyone else who may visit your premises. I can help you in responding to allegations of Health and Safety breaches. My regulatory practice also involves a significant amount of work with Food Safety issues (please see under ‘Consumer Law’).
The law is there to protect people, and over the past few years and even decades it has taken a lot of new steps to protect the consumer. For even the most caring and honest businesses, however, there is one downside to this extensive portfolio of protections; the resulting laws are complicated.
Food can be big business, whether it’s served for on-site consumption or packaged and sold for customers to take home. However, food is also something that absolutely must be entirely safe and suitable for consumption, and therefore it is an area which is subject to strict and sometimes complicated regulations.
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I met Stuart when I was on the opposing side in a recent licensing appeal. Since that time Woods Whur have instructed him in matters, in the most recent of which he won and had costs awarded in our client's favour. I would have no hesitation in recommending him.
Mr. P Whur, London
Mr Jessop is excellent at identifying the issue, asking relevant questions and setting out the way forward. He is friendly & approachable at all times and puts clients at ease. He elicits and analyses the evidence and advises clients clearly on the prospects of success. We recommend Mr Jessop to clients without hesitation.
Mr. G Hopkins, London
It’s not often you meet someone as tenacious as Mr Jessop. He is committed, efficient and persuasive and possess all of the qualities you could wish for from your lawyer. He is positive where others are negative, he shows dogged determination to deliver the right result for his client. I have no hesitation in recommending him - top class.
Mr. D Rogers, London
Stuart Jessop, counsel, has covered a number of difficult Licensing applications through Sanders Solicitors, including Hearings before Licensing Committees and Appeal Hearings in the Magistrates' Court. Clients have always been complementary of Mr. Jessop's advocacy and advice. He easily grasps the issues at hand and is readily forthcoming with advice on LW, Practice and Procedure.
Mr. C Turner, London
Stuart Jessop is a member of the Institute of Licensing and holds the Professional Licensing Practitioner’s Qualification (PLPQ) and has been ranked as a leading barrister (Band 3) for licensing in the independent publication The Legal 500 for 2015.