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Trading Standards Investigation Dropped and Restraint Order Discharged

01 September 2014

Slater and Gordon’s Business Crime & Regulation Lawyers successfully represented a leading privately run finance and leasing company and its directors, in relation to allegations made by Trading Standards and latterly the Police, that contracts for the supply of office equipment had been improperly amended to extend the duration of the contract.

Our clients agreed to attend a voluntary interview at which we represented them and drafted detailed prepared statements for submission to the investigating officers setting out why the investigation was misguided.

Following the interview our clients were served with a Restraint Order. We immediately took the view that this had been unlawfully and obtained an urgent hearing date at the Crown Court to challenge the Restraint Order.

Although contested by Trading Standards, the Court found that it had no power to apply for the Restraint Order as it was not the lead prosecutor.

In addition to discharging the Restraint Order, the Court ordered Trading Standards to pay the costs incurred by our clients in having the Restraint Order discharged.

We later made detailed written representations to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). These were accepted and the CPS formally notified our clients that no further action was being taken and that the investigation against our clients had been discontinued.

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