Prosecution, Enforcement & Asset Recovery Services

Our team comprises extensive Trading Standerds operational experience with the specialist legal and accredited financial investigator skills to offer a comprehensive prosecution, enforcement and confiscation service.

When a breach requires prosecution

We have a wealth of experience in dealing with a variety of consumer protection and Fair Trading, Food, Product Safety, Animal Health and Welfare; Age-Restriction offences; and Weights and Measures Trading Standards matters. The team is experienced in investigating and prosecuting large scale fraudulent trading cases, notably lettings agents, renewable energy and counterfeiting


Our team have a combined 70 years of Trading Standards experience including specialist financial investigation and prosecution. Their work is supported by respected subject matter experts in Essex County Council’s Trading Standards Service, and ELS’ civil and criminal litigators and advocates with higher rights of audience.


We conduct cases at all levels in the criminal court from the Magistrates to the Court of Appeal, as well as cases in the civil courts for enforcement orders under Part 8 Enterprise Act 2002. Our Accredited Financial Investigator undertakes financial investigation under Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. We support cases in all stages of the investigation through to the confiscation of criminal assets, ultimately enabling the prosecuting authority to recover incentivisation.

speak to our specialist

Natasha Taylor, Head of Advocacy

Natasha Taylor

Advocacy Legal Services Manager

Natasha’s experience includes all aspects of criminal law, child protection, environmental, education, mental health, discrimination matters, licensing and public inquiries.  Due to her wealth and depth of experience in the public sector, Natasha has been involved in a number of influential projects, including being invited ...

Contact Us

To find out how we can help you and your organisation, please get in touch by phone or email, or visit us at our Chelmsford office.


ELS is the inhouse service of Essex County Council.  Essex Legal Services Limited is the trading vehicle of ELS

For general legal requests and advice on new matters our Duty Advice Service (available to subscribers only) operates between 9.00am and 5.15pm. contact us on : 0333 013 9993.  Or if you want to subscribe please call: 0333 013 2305.


ELS, Seax House, Victoria Road South, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1QH
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