Category: Regulatory

Workers Yellow Hard Hat

How Health and Safety Compliance Can Help Businesses

Laws relating to health and safety provide a legal duty for businesses to protect the health, safety and welfare of all employees- as well as any others who may be affected. Here, we offer an overview of the most common accidents and the regulations which aim to prevent them. Having good health and safety practices…

Legal Advice

What are the Regulatory Aspects of Advertising?

Laws are in place to protect consumers from false advertisements. False advertising is the use of misleading, false, or unproven information to advertise products to consumers. All marketing and advertising must adhere to regulations set out in UK law, as well as advertising codes of practice.  If information about customers or potential customers is stored,…

Human Trafficking

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 Offences and Sentencing

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 Offences and Sentencing The Modern Slavery Act 2015 consolidates and simplifies existing offences into a singular act of modern slavery.  This ensures that perpetrators receive suitable punishment. The act also requires businesses over a certain size to disclose actions made to ensure modern slavery is not underway in their business…

Cats and Dogs

Animal Welfare Law: Developments in 2018

The law relating to the welfare of animals is not usually a hotbed of innovation, but developments are on the horizon. Here, Amber Walker provides an outline of what’s new. Sentencing Powers Increase Maximum sentences in cases involving animal cruelty have increased as a result of legislation led by Environment Secretary Michael Gove. Those found…

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Not Out: England Cricketers Now Facing Professional Misconduct Proceedings

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales are in the spotlight once more- but again, not in relation to their cricketing prowess. Instead, professional misconduct proceedings have been brought following the recent criminal trial. The controversy surrounding the case is well documented, and the grainy CCTV footage has been circulated widely. In summary: Stokes was found not…

Tax and coins

Calls to HMRC’s Tax Evasion Hotline double

On average, 250 people call HMRC’s Tax Evasion Hotline every day. The hotline, set up in 2006, has attracted widespread public attention. A Freedom of Information request has shown that 40,695 people called the hotline in 2017/2018- more than double the number of reports handled during the previous year. It is estimated that in the…

Legal scales

Royal Mail Breaches Competition Law, Fined £50m By UK Communications Regulators Ofcom

The investigation initially followed a complaint made by Whistl (previously known as TNT) in 2014. Whistl intended to enter the wholesale mail delivery market, and stated that Royal Mail had abused its dominant market position. A £50m fine was issued to Royal Mail by the regulator, for breaches of competition law and discrimination against its…

Online Justice

Cybercrime Set To Double By 2020

With the rise of the internet, organised crime has quickly taken advantage of opportunities online. Cybercrime targets individuals, businesses of all sizes and corporate networks. The ranges of personal criminal offences encompass the harvesting of data (phishing), identity theft, hacking, financial crime and the distribution of indecent and extreme material. For businesses, hacking and Distributed…

Online Pharmacy Doctor-4-U Sells Opioids to False Repetitive Buyers, Fuelling Addicts Through Legal Loopholes

A number of online pharmacies have no alert systems to identify fake profiles made by someone making multiple repeated prescription orders to the same address. This means that addicts are seeking new alternatives to enable drug usage; people are taking advantage of this loophole- ordering hundreds of pills a month. Customers are able to make…

Human Trafficking

World Day Against Human Trafficking – 30th July 2018

World Day Against Human Trafficking is an annual event held today, 30th July. People trafficking and modern day slavery is a worldwide issue, with few countries immune. The event held by the United Nations aims to continue to raise awareness and increase prevention. In correspondence to this, West Yorkshire Police and National Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has spoken…