Defending Trading Standard Offences

A prosecution for or even just an accusation of committing a ‘Trading Standards’ offence can be extremely damaging to any business or individual. The present team at Ralli has been acting in the defence of alleged trading standards breaches for well in excess of 20 years. Experience counts for a lot.

A typical ‘trading standards’ investigation from a prosecutor’s point of view may well involve the law relating to: –

• Counterfeit goods
• Intellectual property
• Consumer rights
• Fair trade
• Food labelling and safety

But from a defendants point of view a prosecution can also lead to damage of reputation, loss of business, nervousness of creditors and bankers and pressure from other traders and suppliers. Some companies and individuals even find that the person running the show disappears leaving you at the front of the queue to be questioned, challenged and prosecuted.

We have acted for wholesalers and retail traders as well as those accused of large scale manufacture and/or distribution of counterfeit goods. Such goods typically will include: – designer label clothes, copy memorabilia and collectables. Our criminal team have a huge advantage over other firms in that they are able to work in-house with other internal teams specialising in partnership company law and business litigation.

Trading Standards

Trading Standards Advice from Ralli

If you are concerned that you’re trading activities may be under investigation it is imperative that you consult us at as early a stage as possible. Do not just leave things and hope that it will all go away! If you suspect that you might be ‘on the investigator’s radar’, you will need to take particular care with your advertising and general correspondence.

For help and assistance on queries relating to trading standards, contact our criminal defence team on 0161 615 0660 or get in touch by filling out one of our online enquiry forms.

Find out more on our Criminal Law Defence page.

I lost all faith in the British legal system and hold the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary in utter contempt. The case against me took more than four years from arrest to finally appearing in court. However, I was most fortuitous to meet Ralli Solicitors LLP, a firm of Solicitors a credit to the legal profession. The manner in which they set about defending me inspired confidence and helped me through my darkest hours. Ralli Solicitors LLP diligently examined the ‘evidence’ against me, painstakingly reading thousands of pages of emails, letters and documents with an unrelenting determination to prove my innocence. To simply say thank you does not adequately express the heartfelt debt of gratitude I hold. In addition to their professionalism the whole team were such nice people with compassion and an unbelievable dedication.
JG, Chartered Accountant and Business Adviser

I was referred to ralli solicitors by a friend and Lynn Mahon was appointed as my legal representative. Since our first meeting all aspects of my case were explained and dealt with in a professional manner and any queries I had were explained and my mind was put at ease. I would certainly recommend Lynn Mahon to anyone needing legal advice.
RB, Cheshire Businessman


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