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Crime & regulatory

Our crime and regulatory team provide expert legal advice in the criminal courts for individuals, businesses and public bodies throughout the South West. We understand that criminal convictions can have devastating consequences, both personally and professionally, and we are committed to guiding you through these difficult times with sensitivity, dedication, and compassion.

Our team has extensive experience in providing tailored, specialist and pragmatic advice in a broad range of matters. We represent individuals as well as organisations across a variety of sectors. We are recognised for our expertise in dealing with the police and other regulators and understand the pressures faced by individuals and businesses under investigation.


We have particular expertise in advising clients within the agriculture sector, and as a key NFU panel firm, we have a thorough understanding of the unique challenges faced by the farming community. We can assist you with regulatory matters including prosecutions and criminal investigations by agencies such as the Environment Agency, Trading Standards, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the police.

Health and Safety

Our team has expertise in advising those under investigation by HSE and the police in respect of alleged breaches of health and safety law. We have a strong track record representing clients in respect of workplace fatalities and serious injuries.

Early, specialist advice in this area is critical to the outcome.


Our lawyers have a wealth of experience providing advice to the care sector, working with registered providers and individuals on inquests, safeguarding inquiries and investigations, including those instigated by the Care Quality Commission/Care Inspectorate for Wales. Our care sector expertise extends to representing both providers and individuals.

General crime

We can help individuals dealing with issues relating to general crime, road traffic matters (including inquiries before the Traffic Commissioner) animal welfare matters, Housing Act matters, planning law breaches and enforcement and inquests.

What our clients say

In the South West, there is no firm to rival their expertise.Legal 500 2024

Strong, able team with a friendly approach.Legal 500 2024

“I have found them to be proactive in tackling litigation issues, anticipating points and providing solutions for the court. Always supportive and providing clients with a clear understanding of the path forward.Legal 500 2024

The team at Clarke Willmott have always proven to be reliable, efficient and thorough. Their client care is excellent.Chambers 2024

Support to your business

Our team of experts can also support your organisation through bespoke training and general compliance advice. Please contact us directly to discuss how we can work together to place you in the best possible position to protect your business from the threat of regulatory action.

Our team is experienced in providing support and litigation to clients at all stages of the regulatory and criminal process. We can assist clients in interviews and during investigations, as well as represent them in court or other proceedings. We keep our advocacy in-house where possible.

Contact us today for expert legal advice and support in navigating the complexities of criminal and regulatory law.

Your key contacts

Bridget Sanger

Senior Associate

Bridget defends, represents and advises companies and individuals investigated and/or prosecuted in the criminal courts, with particular specialism in regulatory work surrounding agriculture and regulatory work surrounding care homes
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Sam Harkness


Sam specialises in criminal and regulatory litigation, advising clients across a diverse range of sectors throughout the criminal and regulatory process, with a broader litigation practice in property, probate and agricultural matters.
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