Sarah Wheadon

Partner, Regulatory , Regulatory Crime and Motoring Offences

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023 8082 0485 / 07881 343975

I am a regulatory solicitor and experienced advocate having qualified as a Solicitor-Advocate (All Higher Courts) in 2002.

I help clients to navigate the criminal and regulatory law that impacts on business life. I act for all types of organisations and individuals, including directors.

My advisory work includes advising clients on compliance with regulations affecting their business, undertaking legal ‘health checks’, drafting policies and procedures and providing training.

My objective is to help my clients stay on the right side of the right side of the criminal law to minimise the risk of something going wrong and the possibility of a criminal investigation and prosecution (which inevitably mean key people in the business being taken away from their usual roles), adverse publicity, hefty fines and a potential impact on future business.

When something does go wrong, I work with my clients to achieve the best possible outcome and support them through the process.

As well as compliance and defence work, I also prosecute for private prosecutors. I believe that acting for prosecutors and defendants assists with how I approach cases and is of benefit to my clients.

I am a Recommended Lawyer in the Legal 500 2021 guide.

 

Notable Work highlights

Data protection

  • Drafting privacy notices, data protection policies, retention policies, cookies policies, legitimate interest assessments, records of processing activities.
  • Advising clients on responding to data subject access requests, including reviewing documents and advising on exemptions from disclosure. Also advising on requests for erasure of personal data and other data protection rights.
  • Advising clients on responding to correspondence from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) following data breaches or complaints.
  • Advising clients on actions needed following a data breach, including whether the thresholds for reporting the breach to the ICO and notifying affected individuals have been met. Advising on the content of reports to the ICO and notification letters.
  • Advising clients on making and responding to Freedom of Information Act requests.

Environmental

  • Assisting Trethowans’ corporate team on transactions involving environmental due diligence and warranties.

Food safety

  • Advising business investigated by local authority in relation to alleged food hygiene offences. Advising client on responding to requests for interview under caution and putting forward case as to why enforcement action should not be taken. A prosecution was avoided.

Health and safety

  • Advising client investigated by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following allegation that contractor had been exposed to asbestos. Reviewing client’s relationship with contractor, the policies and procedures in place and relevant documents. Assisting the client with a detailed response to a Notice of Contravention that had been served. The client avoided an improvement notice and prosecution.
  • Advising client on whether an accident was reportable under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013.
  • Advising client on powers of health and safety inspectors.
  • Advising a client investigated by the HSE following a farming accident. Advising the client in relation to answering written questions under caution. Following submission of the client’s answers, no further action was taken by the HSE.

Professional memberships

“exceptionally able and dedicated” and “absolutely first class”. - Chambers and Partners

Areas of Expertise

Health and safety, data protection, environmental, food safety, fire safety, consumer protection/Trading Standards
Animal welfare law
Driving offences
Regulatory legal compliance advice
Regulatory investigations (by enforcement authorities such as the Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency, local authorities and Trading Standards) including representing clients at interviews under caution
Representing clients at the Magistrates’ and Crown court
Advising and representing private prosecutors

Areas of Expertise

Health and safety, data protection, environmental, food safety, fire safety, consumer protection/Trading Standards
Animal welfare law
Driving offences
Regulatory legal compliance advice
Regulatory investigations (by enforcement authorities such as the Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency, local authorities and Trading Standards) including representing clients at interviews under caution
Representing clients at the Magistrates’ and Crown court
Advising and representing private prosecutors