Food Hygiene Prosecution

The ‘Food Safety Act 1990’ and ‘Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006’ are the UK’s governing food hygiene and safety laws and both contain extreme criminal offences if breached.

The main offences often include:

  • Rendering food injurious to health.
  • Selling, to the purchaser's prejudice, food which is not of the nature or substance or quality demanded.
  • Falsely or misleadingly describing or presenting food.

Magistrates' courts may impose a fine of up to £5,000 per offence and/or a prison sentence of up to six months. For offences under sections 7 and 14 of the Food Safety Act 1990, the maximum fine a magistrates' court may set for each offence is £20,000.

We specialise in the defence of individuals involved in criminal investigation or prosecution by food authorities. We have extensive experience in dealing with the environmental health department or the trading standards department of a borough, county or district council across England and Wales.

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As soon as any individual or corporate body becomes aware that they are the subject of a trading standards investigation or prosecution it is vital that they obtain immediate specialist legal advice.

Professional Defence Lawyers specialise in Trading Standards prosecutions, so contact us today to get the expert defence you need.

Proceeds of Crime

If an individual or company is found guilty of a trading standards offence then the court may consider an application under the Proceeds of Crime Act. The basic principle is that if anybody has benefited financially from any unlawful activity then the court has the power to try to assess the amount of that benefit and make an order that it be repaid.

At Professional Defence Lawyers we have extensive experience of dealing with applications under the Proceeds of Crime Act and are able to deal with any such application by any client facing a trading standards prosecution.

What Our Customers Say

“Professional Defence Lawyers were brilliant throughout our defence. They performed magnificently and helped massively reduce the fine we expected to see.”

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We are expert solicitors acting for the defence in proceedings for Trading Standards. We have been practicing in this field for over 20 years now, so please don’t hesitate to contact us free on 0800 634 7022 today.

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Rob BimpsonProfessional Defence Lawyers is a dedicated defence firm of specialist Lawyers headed by Rob Bimpson and Tim Chapman. Both are Solicitors who have been qualified for over 20 years.

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Case Studies

We represented a manufacturing company who had a large factory with extensive machinery. An employee of the company expressed a breach of safety guidelines which had been put in place…


"PDL successfully defended us in court and achieved a not guilty verdict when one of our employees was injured. PDL were able to see that the worker didn’t follow the strict H&S procedures we have put in place and their expertise in this area helped us to prove our innocence."


"Our corporate client faced a Health and Safety Executive prosecution. An in depth investigation was carried out into a large number of allegedly defective heaters which our client had manufactured… "


"Professional Defence Lawyers were able to massively reduce the extent and level of seriousness of the health and safety prosecution we faced. They were outstanding throughout, and significantly reduced our financial penalty"