Our aim is to provide each client with a consistently high quality service in a timely manner at a reasonable cost. As we are a small independent practice we are able to provide clients with the same advisor throughout the duration of a matter. This allows us to really get to know our clients’ businesses so that we can provide appropriate advice that is tailored to their needs.
We provide legal and regulatory compliance advice to two main groups of clients. We provide advice directly to businesses and individuals across a variety of industry sectors and we receive referrals from other lawyers and professional advisors.
Prevention is better than cure and we work proactively with clients to help them become and remain compliant with their regulatory obligations. This might include providing advice about the labelling of a new product or helping a client navigate the regulatory requirements applicable to their business activities.
Despite the best of intentions, no business remains free of problems. They can be time consuming and costly if they are not handled correctly. When problems do arise we work with clients to react swiftly and effectively in order to minimise the time and cost involved in responding to the situation and to reduce the risk of reputational damage that can be caused to them, their business and their brand.
We advise Irish-based clients with regard to EU and Irish legal and regulatory issues. We also have experience of working with Irish clients that are looking to export their products to new markets. We have co-ordinated marketing projects to obtain advice on legal and commercial issues in countries around the world. We have developed a network of experienced contacts who have helped us in this regard.
We are experienced in providing advice on EU and Irish regulatory issues to companies based outside Ireland. For non-EU clients we have helped them better understand the EU and Irish regulatory regime and have provided specific advice on matters such as the composition and labelling of a variety of food and consumer products. We have provided Ireland-specific regulatory advice to EU-based companies and have acted as the Irish representative in pan-European and global projects providing advice on matters such as product safety crisis management and product recalls and health and nutrition claims.
We provide advice on contentious and non-contentious matters and we are very experienced in representing clients before courts and tribunals.
In addition to providing legal and compliance advice, we provide training and legal briefings to clients on a variety of regulatory issues. For example we have provided training on Irish health and safety law and practice and on professional skills matters such as dealing with investigations, giving evidence and the obligations of the expert witness.
Ian Thomas has given presentations at seminars and conferences in Ireland, the UK and in mainland Europe.
We know that it can be difficult for some businesses to keep up to date with legal and regulatory issues and we can provide regular updates on issues that affect a particular client or industry sector. We help clients understand how legislative changes will affect their businesses and assist them in taking the necessary steps for them to become compliant with their obligations.
Proposals to change the law can have significant implications for individual businesses and for whole industry sectors. Where this happens it is essential that comments and arguments are made as soon as possible to limit any adverse impact of the changes. We are available to help make submissions or representations in relation to public consultations or proposed legislative changes.
We can call upon our extensive network of professional contacts in Ireland and abroad so that we are always able to provide our clients with exactly the right type of advice they need to resolve their particular problem.
For further information about what we do please see the relevant sections of our website.