Trading Standards work with Local Authorities to protect consumers and to investigate and enforce where appropriate, a wide variety of complaints.  These can range from issues relating to the sale of counterfeit goods; fair trading in terms of pricing, descriptions of goods and services, and terms and conditions; the sale of unsafe or dangerous goods; incorrect product labelling; incorrect weights and measures and under-age sales.

Trading Standards officers have broad powers.  They can enter any commercial premises for an inspection. They also have the power to require the production of documents relating to a business, and to seize and retain goods.

An investigation by Trading Standards can be intrusive and concerning to any commercial entity, be it a sole trader or a large multi-national corporation.  A successful prosecution can result in some circumstances, in a custodial sentence or a fine.

If you or your business have been contacted by Trading Standards about any complaint, they may wish to interview you under caution.  It is always advisable to seek expert legal advice at the earliest possible stage, and our experienced lawyers at Reeds can help.  Our lawyers fully understand the pressures that will be placed on you to protect your personal and professional reputation, and to achieve the best possible outcome from any investigation or prosecution.  We are on hand to provide you with astute and commercially focused advice, and to guide you through the complexities of this area of law throughout.

For more information, please contact any member of our specialist team.  Alternatively, click here to provide us with your details and a member of the team will contact you as soon as possible.

If you are already facing prosecution, you can instruct a member of our in-house advocates directly, through the benefit of our own integrated Chambers.  Our highly respected team of experienced barristers and solicitor advocates have been carefully selected by us based on their exceptional courtroom skills, absolute dedication, and balanced and clear judgement.  Our structure enables us to offer you an unparalleled and seamless service by combining the best practices and features of the independent bar with the support structure of an established law firm. For more information about this, please click here to be directed to our Chambers site.

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