The UK has an extremely well developed system of regulatory governance. There are around 100 regulators tasked with creating rules, designing and enforcing regulatory standards, and punishing non-compliance. Substantial financial penalties are regularly imposed for regulatory failure, and criminal sanctions, including imprisonment, are widely available.
Our regulatory, risk and compliance lawyers provide strategic advice in relation to the central risk and compliance challenges organisations and business face in the UK.
UK regulators organise and network, and all the key sectoral regulators share best practice and common approaches through the UK Regulators Network. Mirroring the UK Regulators Network, we bring together specialist legal expertise across key regulated areas: energy, telecoms, finance, health and safety, environment, competition, anti-corruption and governance. This approach gives us insight into the practices of regulators across the UK, while allowing us to identify relevant trends and anticipate likely regulatory change.
We provide strategic advice and insight across the regulated sectors in the UK. We also evaluate the risk and compliance strategies of the clients we work with, alongside proposing improvements and ‘future proofing’ systems. We are expert at ensuring that our advice remains privileged and cannot be recovered by regulators or the courts.
We work with clients to respond to regulatory investigations and inquiries through: assessing the legitimacy of investigative requests; identifying areas of weakness in compliance; designing appropriate mitigation strategies; providing document review platforms and expertise; and acting in formal hearings by regulators.
Our team also shares its expertise through our Knowledge articles and webinar discussions. This includes a series of regulatory risk and compliance webinars hosted following the outbreak of COVID-19, where our team were joined by guest speakers from across the regulatory sphere to explore the impact that the pandemic has had on organisations and regulators around the globe.