Regulatory & Compliance Law
We assist businesses in all areas of Regulatory & Compliance Law
Regulatory frameworks are complex and constantly evolving. This, along with the risk of reputational damage and the global shift towards criminal and quasi-criminal sanctions, makes regulatory compliance a continued focus area for all businesses.
Our team has a solid understanding in key legal and policy frameworks, as well as first-hand experience in working with regulators. We are also au fait with factoring in different sector and jurisdictional considerations for clients who operate across different industries and geographies.
We strive to offer not only legally grounded but also pragmatic and strategic solutions for our clients’ compliance and regulatory needs, from formal opinions to hands-on practical implementation.
Although our team can advise within any legislative framework, we carry specific experience in a number of regulatory fields including:
- Competition (Anti-Trust);
- Anti-Bribery and Corruption (in both the public and private sectors);
- Data Protection and Access to Information;
- Public Sector Procurement;
- Occupational, Health and Safety;
- Tax Regulations;
- Tobacco products;
- Financial Services;
- Provincial and Municipal By-laws and Regulations; and
- Constitutional and Human Rights law.
Being able to demonstrate compliance with laws through policies and procedures is becoming essential to companies wishing to gain new business.
- Louella Tindale , Caveat Panel Member
Frequently asked questions on Regulatory & Compliance Law
Regulatory compliance pertains to an organisation’s approach to the adherence of laws, regulations, guidelines or other legal instruments that are applicable to its business operations.
Regulatory compliance is ensured through a comprehensive compliance framework which includes policies and procedures, and ongoing staff education. Here are some steps to follow to ensure you are equipped for compliance:
- Identify the regulatory instruments that are applicable to your business;
- Determine the specific requirements that are relevant to your business;
- Formulate a compliance plan;
- Document your organisation’s progress in implementing the compliance plan; and
- Monitor changes to the regulatory environment and update your compliance plan to reflect these changes.
Falling foul of regulatory frameworks carries adverse legal consequences for businesses, such being subjected to auditing and inspection processes by regulatory agencies and the imposition of penalties (including criminal sanctions) and monetary fines. Persistent non-compliance can lead to brand reputational damage and staff attrition as employees lose confidence in organisations implicated in non-compliance.
As the regulatory environment becomes more extensive and complex and regulators gain more sweeping powers, businesses cannot afford not to have comprehensive and up-to-date compliance programmes in place.
- Raisa Cachlia, Caveat Panel Member