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Trading Standards Prosecutions

ABV Solicitors have in depth experience in this niche area of regulatory criminal law, which involves prosecution of a business or individual by agencies including Local Authority Trading Standards Departments and The Office of Fair Trading.

These prosecutions can involve a variety of issues including trade descriptions, trademark and copyright infringement, sale of counterfeit goods, product safety and unfair commercial practices breaching the Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

The investigation will often involve test-purchasing, entry of premises with or without a warrant, seizing and detaining goods and documentation, and interviewing at a local authority office or a police station.

It is liable to result in prosecution in the criminal courts although, on occasions, trading standards issues can be addressed by formal or informal agreements or undertakings as to future conduct.

The early involvement of an experienced Solicitor is particularly important in trading standards investigations. This can often lead to a case being resolved without the need for court proceedings. Even if there is a prosecution the early involvement of our team can lay the foundations to a successful defence.

Contact our Regulatory department for a consultation.

Notable Cases

R v T – Winchester Crown Court

Investigation conducted by Trading Standards into a business selling over 100 vehicles where the odometer was falsified together with other malfunctions. Vehicles were sold all over the Hampshire region and beyond. Extreme lengths were deployed by the defendants to source the vehicles, alter their identity together with official documents and arrange their sale.

R v G – Harrow Crown Court

Investigation conducted by Trading Standards where the Defendant is said to have been selling mobile phones and other accessories in breach of Trade Mark offences and electrical safety regulations. Complex confiscation proceedings which followed where the Council sought to include past sales from many companies belonging to the Defendant in the benefit figure. The turnover of the companies amounted to millions of pounds.

R v Y – Wolverhampton Crown Court

Large Trading Standards prosecution concerning a well-known company based in the Midlands. Allegations include the company being involved over a systematic period of time in a commercial large-scale fraud. A vast number of consumers were said to be misled and were provided quotes for work which represented gross overcharging designed to dupe and mislead vulnerable adults.

Fife Council v S & C – Kingston Crown Court

Prosecution concerning a number of Trade Mark Act offences in respect of counterfeit goods sold on Ebay which were sourced from China and Hong Kong with a value of at least £600,000. The case involved complex pre charge Restraint Orders.

Surrey County Council v G & Others – Guildford Crown Court

Large scale, multi handed Hallmark and Trade Description fraud together with a number of Money Laundering offences. The fraud consisted of the sale of hundreds of items of counterfeit jewellery in markets but predominantly on Ebay. The value of the fraud is said to be in excess of £ ½ million.

Luton Borough Council v R & Others – Luton Crown Court

Multi handed Trade Marks Act conspiracy relating to a vast quantity of counterfeit goods and Money Laundering. The prosecution agency was the Trading Standards department at Luton Borough Council. The case involved complex pre charge Restraint Orders.

London Borough of Tower Hamlets v P – Snaresbrook Crown Court

Numerous Trade Mark offences relating to the distribution of a vast amount of cosmetic products from various markets including Petticoat Lane.

Key Individuals

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Deepak Vij

Director

Akhtar Ahmad

Akhtar Ahmad

Director

Amirah Ajaz

Amirah Ajaz

Solicitor

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