Regulatory & Criminal Defence Lawyer
Ashleigh Harold is an award winning specialist regulatory and criminal defence lawyer with extensive experience handling interventions from a wide range of authorities including:- the police, HSE, EA, Trading Standards, CMA, local authorities, Ofsted, BIS and HMRC.
Regulatory Legal Solicitor
Ashleigh advises both major corporations, directors and private individuals before an incident occurs on contingency planning and protocols to reduce the impact of an investigation through training and improved procedures. When an incident has occurred, she is available 24/7 to assess the circumstances and provide decisive advice on how the process should be managed to minimise problems.
Criminal Defence Lawyer
Ashleigh advises throughout all stages of the criminal process. She will negotiate with the regulators, represent clients called to interviews under caution, appeal enforcement notices, challenge decisions to prosecute and take cases to Judicial Review. Ashleigh also conducts her own advocacy in criminal and coroner’s courts. Ashleigh joins My Business Counsel having previously worked as a Legal Director for a top 50 law firm, Shakespeare Martineau. Prior to this Ashleigh worked for leading law firms Morgan Cole and Weightmans where she trained as a Business Defence lawyer qualifying in 2003.
Health and Safety Solicitor
Ashleigh has spent much of her career advising clients in relation to some of the most serious and high profile health and safety prosecutions. She has been commended as a regulatory legal solicitor for her client focused advice and resolve to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients.
Ashleigh has a busy practice with cases brought under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. Ashleigh is currently assisting a number of individuals whose privacy has been breached due to the interception of communications.
The legal and regulatory framework in which businesses are required to operate grows increasingly complex and diverse. Ashleigh’s recent practice includes the following areas:-
• Health and Safety
• Product Safety
• Competition Law
• Phone Hacking
Ashleigh has also been awarded the Best Regulatory Health & Safety Lawyer in the UK at the Health & Safety Awards 2017 by CV Magazine.
SECTORS: Corporate | Commercial Litigation | Litigation & Dispute Resolution | Regulatory Investigations and Defence
Richard Stockwell, Director of Westgreen Construction Limited
“I first became acquainted with Ashleigh Harold in late Summer of 2012 following a tragic incident in the workplace. From the very beginning Ashleigh provided us with faultless corporate and personal guidance. Ashleigh’s appointment surpassed her changing employers and she finally represented us as a Partner at My Business Counsel. Ashleigh’s depth of experience in Health & Safety law and proceedings is first class – with her case work often referred to as “the best we have seen” by barristers and QCs alike.
When one is confronted with a serious health & safety event you need support, reassurance, knowledge, experience, intuition, thoroughness and human understanding – Ashleigh comes with bundles of all of these attributes. You also need someone who can help translate the sometimes daunting experiences in a manner which you can comprehend and she routinely does this.
Ashleigh is an exemplary health & safety legal representative and I can think of no better legal ally to proactively or reactively support you and your business – a star of her profession.”