Compliance with rules and regulations is critical to ensuring the lawful running of business, whether big or small, whatever the industry sector. Poor compliance can lead to reputational and financial damage and the consequences can include compensation claims, fatal accident inquiries and even criminal prosecutions.
Compliance also includes a wide range of areas, such as planning, the environment, energy use, land use, competition and procurement. Our team of experts in this area provide specialist advice in every critical area of compliance.
With former prosecutors and journalists in our team we also specialise in crisis and reputation management – helping you when things go wrong.
The expertise we have built up over the years also means we can help long before anything goes wrong – to help prevent things from going wrong. We are able to look at the risks to you and through bespoke advice and training help you to run your business smoothly, in accordance with the law and avoid critical incidents.
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Health & Safety
Health and safety is critical for businesses, charities and educational institutions. It is an area where it is essential to be aware of the growing body of new rules from within the UK and from the EU. Our specialist team provides you with advice and will keep you up to date at all times with changes in the regulations and we clearly explain the implications.
We provide a comprehensive service to organisations of every shape and size, whether in the private, public or voluntary sectors. We help you to ensure you are compliant with the regulations and have effective measures in place for health and safety management. The team can even provide bespoke training.
You can rest assured that we are there to support them in every eventuality including criminal prosecutions and fatal accident inquiries.
Our licensing team acts on behalf of private individuals and for some of Scotland’s largest public and commercial bodies, including, local authorities, universities and colleges, major retailers, hotels, clubs, public houses, charities and restaurants.
Licensing can be a complex area of the law which is applied differently by the various Boards and Committees throughout Scotland. Our experience acting for clients across Scotland means that we are ideally placed to provide you with high quality legal advice and the strategy that should be employed to achieve your desired outcome.
When it comes to a hearing before a licensing Board or Committee our team of experienced solicitors are able to persuasively present arguments on your behalf and are known for achieving excellent results for clients.
We have particular expertise in:
- Preparing and submitting civic licensing applications, including late hours catering licences, public entertainment licences, theatre licences, cinema licences, skin piercing and tattooing licences, street trader and market operator’s licences.
- Preparing and submitting liquor and personal licence applications.
- Providing advice on what to include in civic and liquor licence applications, including how the relevant licensing Board or Committee is likely to approach the application or any specific aspect of it.
- Representing clients at licensing hearings.
- Representing clients at appeal hearings in the Sheriff Court.
- Providing training to clients and their employees on licensing, including gambling law, the civic and liquor licensing regimes and relevant legislative changes affecting clients.
- Dealing with the transfer of existing licences and the negotiation and revision of missives for the sale or lease of properties.
- Providing advice on objections to licensing applications and appearing on behalf of clients at Board and Committee hearing in support of objections.
Our Professional Regulation Group acts for a broad range of bodies in the professional, health care, social care, parliamentary, financial and sporting areas.
Increased media and public scrutiny of the professions and sporting bodies has put this sector firmly in the spotlight, with protection of the public one of the key themes. We use our significant expertise to advise and guide clients through the expansion and development of the law in this area, this includes providing robust advice on the regulatory and statutory frameworks which govern these bodies and on issues such as misconduct, challenges to decisions and appeals.
We investigate cases of alleged misconduct, draft charges, undertake advocacy at hearings, tribunals, arbitrations and also in court. We draft rules, sanctions guidance, provide expert legal advice on disclosure, data protection/freedom of information and many other areas.
We are at the forefront of legal developments, successfully representing our clients in significant cases which are contributing to a body of decisions and principles. We also draft and revise registration, conduct and appeal rules for disciplinary hearings and advise on registration.
We act for regulators and representative organisations across the full spectrum including the Architects Registration Board, the General Dental Council, General Medical Council, the General Pharmaceutical Council, the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland (ICAS), Royal College of Nursing, the Scottish Social Services Council, the General Teaching Council for Scotland, the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and many sporting bodies.