Trading Standards

Our trading standards barristers provide a full service to local authorities, assisting on all stages of the investigation and prosecution process.

Red Lion Chambers’ highly respected Business Crime & Fraud team includes a number of specialists in the field of trading standards litigation. Members are experienced in conducting both civil and criminal trading standards cases.

Our trading standards expertise includes:

  • prosecutions under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, and other unfair trading
  • prosecutions under the Trade Marks Act and intellectual property infringement
  • Fraud, including fraudulent trading
  • Money Laundering & Proceeds of Crime Act
  • product safety prosecutions
  • tobacco prosecutions, including counterfeit trading and underage sales
  • Financial Services Regulation, including consumer credit and consumer compensation
  • food safety and food standards
  • animal welfare

Our expertise in this field covers all stages of the process, including:

  • early investigative advice
  • initiation of prosecutions
  • assistance on preparing a case for court
  • conduct of hearings in the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court
  • asset recovery and Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings
  • advice on the appeal process

Members are often called upon to handle large-scale, high profile prosecutions on behalf of trading standards departments.

Drawing on expertise from across a number of specialist areas, our approach sets us apart from other chambers. Our trading standards barristers are known for their skill in liaising well with a variety of local government departments, as well as taking a supportive, pragmatic approach to providing advice and advocacy. Members are praised for their clear direction and ability to “think of everything”.