BUSINESS REGULATION

Business Regulation

The landscape in which businesses now operate is highly regulated. Health and safety and trading standards regulations affect almost every business. Property businesses, security businesses, transport businesses, entertainment businesses, financial services providers, food businesses and many other types of enterprise are subject to sector-specific regulation.

Many business activities require a licence, sometimes for both the business and for individual workers. Breach of the conditions of a licence, or other breach of regulations can bring investigation and action by local authority trading standards, planning, or housing departments; by the Health and Safety Executive; by the Environment Agency; or by a variety of other government bodies. Action can range from investigation, through civil or regulatory proceedings, to a criminal prosecution.

Members of Foundry Chambers advise and represent businesses and individuals on all aspects of business regulation. We assist businesses in developing compliance policies, and in conducting internal investigations. We represent individuals in applications for licences, in licence reviews, and in licensing appeals. We advise individuals and businesses who are under investigation for alleged breach of regulations. And we represent corporate and individual defendants in regulatory proceedings in civil and criminal courts. Some members of chambers are able to act on a direct access basis in appropriate cases.

Our members are frequently instructed in commercially sensitive cases. We appreciate that many cases involving action for alleged breach of regulations can lead to reputational damage. Many investigating and prosecuting agencies now combine regulatory action with restraint or confiscation proceedings. We have particular expertise in dealing with this aspect of regulatory enforcement.

Much of our members’ expertise derives from their experience in acting for the bodies charged with enforcing business regulation. To them, we offer counsel experienced in all areas of local authority work, as well as members with skills in health and safety, intellectual property, insolvency and other regulatory prosecutions and investigations.

‘A set with an illustrious track record, Foundry Chambers has over the years handled criminal matters of great importance and built up a strong reputation for its appellate work’.

Chambers and Partners (2021)

‘A strong criminal set“ with “competent and skilful counsel’

Legal 500 (2021)

‘experienced in the handling of a wide range of financial crime matters’.

Chambers and Partners (2021)

‘this set offers a quality service to both solicitor and lay client’.

Chambers and Partners (2020)

With ‘a strong reputation for serious crime and fraud’ Foundry Chambers has ‘a strong backbone of good criminal counsel covering all aspects of crime’.

Legal 500 (2021)

BARRISTERS WITH THIS EXPERTISE

Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC

LORD CARLILE OF BERRIEW CBE QC

Year of Call: 1970. Appointed QC: 1984.

John McGuinness QC

JOHN MCGUINNESS QC

Year of Call: 1980. Appointed QC: 2001.

Alexandra Healy QC

ALEXANDRA HEALY QC

Year of Call: 1992. Appointed QC: 2011.

William Hughes QC

WILLIAM HUGHES QC

Year of Call: 1989. Appointed QC: 2013.

Richard Jory QC

RICHARD JORY QC

Year of Call: 1993. Appointed QC: 2013.

James Waddington QC

JAMES WADDINGTON QC

Year of Call: 1983. Appointed QC: 2015.

Jason Sugarman QC

JASON SUGARMAN QC

Year of Call: 1995. Appointed QC: 2017.

Anu Mohindru

ANU MOHINDRU QC

Year of Call: 2004. Appointed QC: 2020.

Alisdair Smith

ALISDAIR SMITH

Year of Call: 1981

Mark Seymour

MARK SEYMOUR

Year of Call: 1992

Warwick Tatford

WARWICK TATFORD

Year of Call: 1993

Neil Griffin

NEIL GRIFFIN

Year of Call: 1996

Sarah Selby

SARAH SELBY

Year of Call: 1998

Nicholas Dunham

NICHOLAS DUNHAM

Year of Call: 1999

Henrietta Paget

HENRIETTA PAGET

Year of Call: 1999

Paul Sharkey

PAUL SHARKEY

Year of Call: 2000

Mike Newbold

MICHAEL NEWBOLD

Year of Call: 2004

Tom Hoskins

TOM HOSKINS

Year of Call: 2007

Ellis Sareen

ELLIS SAREEN

Year of Call: 2008

Benjamin Waidhofer

BENJAMIN WAIDHOFER

Year of Call: 2008

JAMES PARTRIDGE

JAMES PARTRIDGE

Year of Call: 2009

Jessica Tate

JESSICA TATE

Year of Call: 2012