Ashfords Public Sector Prosecution and Regulatory Enforcement Services
Our team is nationally recognised and regularly represents public sector clients in all areas of the enforcement of criminal and regulatory offences.
Members of our team have been described as "incredibly hardworking" by Legal 500, and the team was described as “extremely thorough and gives reasonable, rational and all-round sound advice to its clients" by Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession. The department is ranked Tier 1 by both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.
- Environmental offences, including Street Scene.
- Trading Standards, including fraud.
- Planning and Housing, including HMOs.
- Education Act offences.
- Road Traffic Act offences, including blue badge prosecutions.
- Statutory Notice enforcement and prosecution.
- The Team has extensive experience in prosecuting a wide range of environmental cases, both in the public and private sector. These cases incorporate fly tipping, street littering, breach of consents and breach of statutory notices, as well as large scale environmental pollution.
- Bringing the successful prosecution of the Somerset levels flooding case - see links to articles: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/investigations/11217309/Somerset-Floods-Village-submerged-after-alleged-tampering-of-sluice-gate.html and http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-30581439
- The Team regularly prosecutes rogue trader fraud cases on behalf of trading standards for London Borough of Croydon. So far the Team has achieved a 100% success rate; offenders have been imprisoned and assets seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
- We have designed, trained and implemented a successful prosecution model for the London Borough of Croydon Council, bringing many prosecutions for dog fouling, fly-tipping and littering cases. The result has been an increase in low level environmental law enforcement that reduces the cost to the tax payer of cleaning up litter, that is cost neutral and politically popular.
- We have advised on Houses in Multiple Occupation ("HMO") licensing issues, including prosecutions and enforcement under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and brought prosecutions under section 35 Building Act 1984 for breach of building regulations.
- Nationally we prosecute a range of regulatory, fraud and other offences, including perverting the course of justice, on behalf of a Central Government organisation.