Alison Lambert is regularly instructed to prosecute all types of Regulatory Crime by Trading Standards Departments, Local Authorities and Police Authorities. She also has extensive experience in confiscation proceedings pursuant to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and is therefore able to provide a complete service to clients from pre-charging advice, through trial, to confiscation proceedings. This is particularly important for Trading Standards and Local Authorities.
Alison’s Trading Standards practice includes, but is not limited to, offences under the Fraud Act 2006, The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (and associated Regulations), The Consumer Protection Act 1987, The Trade Marks Act 1994 and The Food Safety Act 1990. She also has experience of undertakings and applications for Orders under the Enterprise Act 2002.
Her practice places particular emphasis on all aspects of Local Authority prosecutions and enforcement and covers all areas of Local Authority work including Right to Buy fraud, tenancy fraud, planning enforcement, fly tipping, noise abatement, animal regulations and anti-social behaviour. She also regularly accepts instructions concerning injunctions against anti-social behaviour and firearms appeals from Police Authorities.
Alison conducts hearings in all areas subject to Local Authority Licensing including the licensing of hackney carriages, private hire vehicles and liquor licensing. Her experience extends from conducting review hearings before licensing sub-committees to appeals and trials before the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.
Alison also has extensive experience in the County Court in civil cases, conducting trials, possession hearings and applications for injunctions.
In 2014 Alison was appointed as Standing Counsel to the Essex Fire Authority.
- Trading Standards
- Local Authority enforcement
- Right to Buy fraud
- Tenancy fraud
- Taxi Licensing
- Liquor Licensing
- Police work
- Fire Safety
- R v John Miller (2019): Alison was Prosecution Counsel for Norfolk County Council Trading Standards Department. The case involved offences of Fraudulent Trading and Money Laundering. The defendant undertook contracts to build eight extensions where he failed to complete the work to a satisfactory standard or at all and within a reasonable time. The victims paid the defendant the entire contract price (over £220,000) and were left with remedial work which totalled £120,000. After a trial lasting nearly four weeks the defendant was convicted by unanimous verdict and sentenced to four years custody. Confiscation proceedings are ongoing;
- R v Smart Save Solutions Limited and Carl Smith (2017): Alison was Prosecution Counsel for Essex County Council Trading Standards Department in a case involving mis-selling of solar panels. The defendants pleaded guilty to one count each of contravening the requirements of Profession Diligence contrary to regulations 3 and 8 of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. A confiscation order and compensation were obtained;
- R v Ansell, Ansell, Davey and Plant (2017): Alison was Prosecution Counsel for Suffolk County Council Trading Standards Department. The case involved offences of conspiracy to defraud, offences under the Fraud Act 2006 and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The defendants were involved in a conspiracy to import and sell counterfeit DVDs from China on eBay. The value of the fraud was £700k. The third defendant was also involved in creating and selling fraudulent eBay accounts to enable sellers to run multiple accounts under assumed identities. The first defendant was sentenced to three years nine months custody, the second and third defendants were sentenced to three years five months custody each and the fourth defendant received a suspended sentence;
- R v Smart Save Solutions Limited, Carl Smith and Edward Cooke (ongoing): Alison is Prosecution Counsel for Essex County Council Trading Standards Department in a case involving mis-selling of solar panels;
- R v Oakpark Asset Management Limited, Oakpark Properties (UK) Limited, Overill and Overill (2017): Alison is Prosecution Counsel for Essex County Council Trading Standards Department. The case involves offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and the Companies Act 2006. The defendants are letting agents who have pleaded guilty to offences whereby they took deposits from tenants and failed to deposit them in a Tenancy Deposit Scheme. They are awaiting sentence;
- R v Eric Moss (2015 and 2011): In 2011 Alison was Prosecution Counsel for Suffolk County Council Trading Standards Department. The case involved offences under the Cattle Identification Regulations whereby Mr Moss had failed to properly register cattle. In 2015, Alison prosecuted Mr Moss for further offences under the Cattle Identification Regulations 2007, the Animal By-Products (Enforcement)(England) Regulations 2011, the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the Welfare of Farmed Animals Regulations 2007. On conviction a lifetime ban from keeping any type of farm animal was obtained;
- R v Wood and Wood (2014): Alison was Prosecution Counsel for Basildon Borough Council in an elaborate and sophisticated benefit fraud involving an overpayment of benefit in the region of £150k. Confiscation orders were obtained for nearly £80k;
- Re: Rochdale Child Sex Ring (May 2012): This case concerned the prosecution of nine taxi drivers who sexually exploited and trafficked girls as young as 12 in the Rochdale area. Alison was instructed to address disclosure and conduct the public interest immunity hearings in respect of one of the victims.
- R v Barrington Charles Armstrong Thorpe (2012): Alison was Prosecution Counsel for Essex County Council Trading Standards Department in a case concerning the sale on the internet of tooth whitener. The quantity of hydrogen peroxide within the product was found to exceed the legal limit by between 65 and 102 times. The offences were brought under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and the Cosmetic Products Regulations 2008. Mr Armstrong Thorpe was convicted by a jury and sentenced to 8-months imprisonment;
- R v Robert and Samantha Martin (2011): Alison was Prosecution Counsel for Epping Forest District Council in the largest benefit fraud ever prosecuted by Authority. Alison secured guilty pleas from both Defendants to benefit fraud of £130,000. The case subsequently appeared on the BBC Saints and Scroungers programme;
- R v Mark Blayney and Anthony Banister (2010): Alison was sole Prosecution Counsel in a 4-week trial before the Crown Court at Chelmsford in February 2010 representing Essex County Council Trading Standards Department. The Defendants were convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud by “clocking vehicles”. The second Defendant was also convicted of being knowingly a party to a fraudulent business. A confiscation order was obtained against the first Defendant in the sum of £400,000 which included £65,000 compensation for the victims;
- Essex County Council Trading Standards Department v Wallati Singh  EWHC 520 (Admin): For an individual to establish a defence under s.92(5) of the Trade Marks Act 1994 in respect of trademark infringement offences it was necessary for that individual to show that he had an honest and reasonable belief that the use of a sign, in the manner in which it was used, was not an infringement of a registered trade mark. In this case stated matter Alison represented Essex County Council Trading Standards Department regarding the application of the defence under s.92(5).
Legal Commission’s Expert Legal Panel on Taxi Licensing.
Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Richardson and Clarke: “Sexual Offences, A Practitioner’s Guide”. Alison wrote the chapter on Third Party Disclosure.
Contributor to Consumer and Trading Standards: Law and Practice 2017 (Lewin and Kirk QC) – Unfair Trading Chapter.
I am very keen on outdoor pursuits and enjoy rock climbing, hiking and mountaineering.
I am also an avid bookworm.
Alison is qualified to undertake Direct Access instructions.
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