Regulatory and Compliance

Lyn Dario, Head of Environmental & Regulatory, answers some of the questions you may have.

There are a large number of regulations in the food industry. We are a small but growing business and we want to make sure that all of our people are aware of these requirements – how can you help with this?

Our team offers a high level of technical legal input on food hygiene/food and safety compliance – including advising on HACCP, policies and procedures.

We can advise you on what steps you should take to protect your position when served with enforcement notices (whether under food, environmental or health and safety law).

In particular, we can advise on how to ensure that the reputation of your business is protected and that you can continue to grow your business in a risk-free manner and in a way that gives confidence to your customers and consumers.

We are always wary of health and safety inspections and investigations by regulators. What do we need to do and can you help us with this?

Yes, of course we can help.

For a start, we can work with you to review your activities and to help you to identify any gaps. Our experience tells us that it is often the non-core areas of your business where your exposure may be greatest – usually because no-one really appreciates the risks in what are regarded as ancillary or minor operations.

We can also provide support and representation during and following health and safety investigations. We can assist with the preparation of legally-privileged incident reports and with taking witness statements. We also have considerable experience in dealing with improvement and prohibition notices, and prosecutions.

We are conscious that there are environmental regulations around areas such as how we dispose of waste products. We want to make sure that we get this right. Where do we start?

Our team can make sure that you are doing everything right. We can advise on environmental compliance obligations and day-to-day issues, such as those arising from waste management or permitted activities. We can also provide advice and support through investigations and enforcements by the Environment Agency.

Every business has some impact on the environment. Even those businesses that may not consider themselves as having major environmental effects can be subject to a surprising amount of legislation. Waste, for example, is something we all generate. There is a whole series of cases which explain what constitutes waste – and in many situations the courts’ decisions may surprise you. For example, you need to ask yourself whether the material you have generated is really a by-product, or perhaps whether it has ceased to be waste (a particularly common problem when considering the import of materials for site restoration, for example).

Our team

Ian Dawson

Partner

Employment & HR

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 7735

Emma Greenwood

Partner

Corporate

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 8068

Rob Lucas

Partner

Head of Intellectual Property

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 8941

Lyn Dario

Partner

Head of Environmental & Regulatory

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 3779