Public & Regulatory

Members of the Public & Regulatory Team provide a wide range of advisory and advocacy services in all courts and tribunals in relation to disputes involving central and local government and the regulation of the activities of those bodies and privately owed corporations.

The team has extensive experience across all aspects of local government law and are regularly instructed to act for local authorities in a wide range of matters from anti-social behaviour orders to weights and measures. Members have developed a formidable reputation for cutting edge work, delivering unique and innovative solutions to legal problems facing local authorities. Individual barristers are regularly invited to speak on local government law at conferences, seminars and in-house training sessions.

Members of the team are recommended in Chambers & Partners in Health & Safety and Public Inquiries and have been involved in some of the leading and most high profile cases of recent years including: the defence of Balfour Beatty PLC for corporate manslaughter in the Hatfield Rail Crash Trial; representing British Telecom PLC in respect of work related fatalities; defending Metropolitan Police Commissioners Lord Condon and Sir John Stevens for Health and Safety offences, and representing the owners following the partial collapse of a large office building in Victoria.

Iain Daniels and Ronald Thwaites QC were instructed to appear before the Leveson Inquiry on behalf of British Telecom. Nick Stewart QC is an expert on the new Bribery Act and has lectured on its ramifications across Europe as well as in the UK.

Clifford Darton regularly represents Southern Water in both civil and criminal proceedings.

Work undertaken includes:

Anti-social behaviour orders

Building control – dangerous and neglected premises, public health
Consumer protection – under age sales, property misdescription, trade mark infringements
Control of diseases
Costs – recoverability, conditional fee agreements

Environmental law – waste, pollution, noise, abandoned vehicles, removal of equipment, injunctions
Financial Services, insider dealing, insolvency, Directors Disqualification Orders
Food Safety – closure notices, misleading labelling, selling and importing unfit food, emergency orders
Health & Safety cases
Highways – defective highways, obstructions, unlicensed street trading
Housing – safety enforcement, possession, right to buy, service charges, disrepair
Judicial review
Licensing – evidence, drafting policies, enforcement, appeals
Money laundering, confiscation & forfeiture
Planning – enforcement, appeals, inquiries, controlling outdoor advertisements
Policy and procedure – jurisdiction, delegated authority, discretionary powers, abuse of discretion
Weights & measures
For further information, contact:

Faisel Sadiq & Iain Daniels, Team Leaders, or Kevin Morrow, Practice Clerk, on 020 7400 9600