Welcome from the Head of the Regulatory Group

St Philips Regulatory provides nationally-recognised specialists across the spectrum of regulatory law. Our team deliver the highest standards of advice and advocacy combined with a straightforward, client-focussed approach that inspires confidence and loyalty.

The Group covers all levels of work, from advice on compliance to representation in the appellate courts, from the relatively straightforward to matters of the utmost gravity and complexity.  Members of the Group consistently achieve recognition and praise from the principal legal directories.

Instructions to defend are received from a broad range of lay and professional clients, from national firms acting on behalf of well known public limited companies to niche and high street practices acting on behalf of smaller businesses or individuals.  We understand the potential reputational damage, both corporate and personal, that enforcement proceedings can bring and provide advice that demonstrates a commercial awareness and an understanding of the sectors in which our client’s operate.  Counsel are frequently retained when proceedings are being contemplated and are valued for their early and incisive advice which can head off an issue before it becomes a problem.  Regardless of the nature of the work or the source of the instructions, a transparent and realistic approach to fees is adopted.

The Group receives instructions to prosecute on behalf of a number of prosecuting authorities, including but not limited to the Health and Safety Executive, the Environment Agency, the Food Standards Agency and several Local Authorities. We are proud to have 11 Group members on the List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates.

HMRC frequently instructs those members of the Group on the Attorney-General’s Panel of Civil Counsel in a range of matters which include heavy and significant appellate litigation across the UK as well as seeking advice on matters such as the drafting and application of legislation.

Several members of the Group have originally come from a criminal law background and are adept at dealing with issues arising concerning disclosure, legal professional privilege, public interest immunity, restraint orders and confiscation proceedings.