Richard Reichman

CMA to issue consumer protection penalties of up to 10% of global turnover – greenwashing becomes more costly

The government has announced that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will be given game-changing new powers to deal with consumer protection breaches. BCL partner Richard Reichman explores why those changes  are being implemented and what it means for greenwashing.

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BCL top ranked in Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2022

BCL Solicitors LLP has once again been ranked as a top tier firm with leading individuals in our fields by Chambers & Partners in the 2022 edition of Chambers UK – a Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession.  This is one of the leading independent directories of UK legal services, identifying the leading firms and lawyers in the UK.

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BCL Solicitors LLP recognised as a leading firm in The Legal 500 UK 2021-2022 Guide

BCL Solicitors LLP are pleased to be once again recognised as a top-tier firm with an extensive team of outstanding individuals in the new Legal 500 United Kingdom 2021-2022 Guide with a total of seven leading practice areas identified and 14 lawyers commended for their standout contribution in their respective practices.

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Greenwashing claims face CMA enforcement action in the new year

Against the background of the UK’s aim to achieve net carbon neutrality by 2050 and an increasing awareness of climate change and other ESG issues impacting consumer choices BCL partner, Richard Reichman explores why regulators are beginning to take greenwashing seriously and what it could mean for businesses that make such unsubstantiated claims.

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The Litigation Privilege Predicament – The State of Qatar v Banque Havilland SA

Managing an organisation’s response to a regulatory crisis is a complex process. An important factor to be considered is whether a party can rely on litigation privilege in relation to any investigative materials which are produced. If so, potentially sensitive materials are protected from disclosure to a regulator or other third party.

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You receive a Health and Safety Improvement or Prohibition Notice: when, why, and what to do next

What powers does an inspector have to serve an improvement notice or prohibition notice?

Sections 18 to 26 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act set out the enforcement powers available to a Health and Safety Executive (‘HSE’) or local authority inspector (‘Inspector’).  Sections 21 and 22 give an Inspector the authority to serve an improvement or prohibition notice (‘Notice’).

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Covid Inquiry: what is it and will prosecutions follow?

Why is a Covid inquiry taking place?

Since March 2020, there have been calls for an inquiry into the government response to the Covid pandemic.  An inquiry could provide a forum for understanding what happened and why.  This is, in part, to give closure to those affected (which unusually is almost all of us to some degree) while also providing recommendations to help prepare the UK for the next pandemic, an inevitability according to many experts in the scientific community.

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Tesco receives highest ever food safety fine of £7.56 million for out of date food offences – a regulatory compliance warning for all businesses

On 19 April 2021, Tesco Stores Limited was fined £7.56 million at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to twenty-two out of date food offences which occurred at three of its stores in 2016 and 2017.  The level of fine is unparalleled in food safety prosecutions and one of the highest safety regulatory fines in recent memory.

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