Regulatory & Prosecutions
Fly tipping, dog fouling, rodent droppings…. Let’s face it, it isn’t glamorous.
But you don’t need us to tell you how vital hygiene and health and safety are for public well-being. Helping our local authority clients to protect the public is an important part of our work.
nplaw’s highly experienced advocates represent our local authority clients in the Magistrates Courts, the Crown Courts and before tribunals, on prosecutions for breach of regulations on:
- food hygiene;
- environmental health;
- noise and other forms of nuisance;
- properties – their use and condition;
- fire hazards; and
- flood and water management.
We also represent our public sector clients on orders to enforce regulations and appeals against notices of breach. Examples of successful prosecutions we have recently undertaken include acting for Great Yarmouth Borough Council on:
- the prosecution of a 99p store for breach of three food offences and six safety offences after rodent droppings were found in the shop; and
- the prosecution of a landlord for a variety of offences after a house in multiple occupation was found to be so dangerous (the rear exit door was locked with no key available whilst the front door had a faulty lock leaving the property unsecure and the electrics, including the fire alarm, were defective) that the council had to close down the property to prevent its occupation.
We don’t just help to enforce regulations. We can also assist in framing and interpreting them. A large part of our work in this practice area involves clerking for and advising the local authority committees responsible for the grant of licences, such as liquor, takeaway, entertainment, music, table and chairs, late night hot food and drink and taxi licences. We also represent our clients on appeals against decisions to refuse the grant of or to revoke such licences.