We have brought together skilled advocates with established practices.

Local Authority
Apex is one of the few chambers in England and Wales that can legitimately claim to be nationally recognised for its criminal regulatory work. Apex is regularly instructed by local authorities across England and Wales as well as for the Health and Safety Executive, Welsh Assembly Government, Natural Resources, Scambusters and the Illegal Money Lending Unit. Apex is a proud member of the Trading Standards Institute and is a regular partner used by the TSI to provide training for officers.

Our barristers regularly provide advice, training, and lectures on developing areas of law and new legislation (Bespoke Training tab). In particular, our team prides itself on its knowledge of intellectual property prosecutions under the Trade Marks Act 1994 and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and consumer related cases, including illegal money lending and fraud.

We are able to assist with the development of Enforcement Policy to ensure those cases that are prosecuted are protected against Abuse of Process applications and the sort of criticism levied in cases such as R v Adaway.

We place particular importance on ensuring that any case prosecuted by one of our experts is properly assessed for a potential Proceeds of Crime Act application and can even link trading standards departments with officers authorised to produce Section 16 statements. In addition we recognise the role that money laundering and conspiracy charges can play in trading standards cases and are able to provide Barristers with extensive expertise in prosecuting such complex cases.

We regularly prosecute large multinational corporations on behalf of local authorities and provide advice on all aspects of the ‘due diligence’ process.

Our dedicated team is even able to provide assistance and representation when cases fall outside the criminal process with experienced advocates covering Judicial Review and Case Stated matters in the Administrative Court. We also advise and represent in cases involving important civil remedies that concern trading standards, for example under the Enterprise Act 2002 and Crime and Disorder Act 1998.