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Regulatory & Compliance

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Advising, supporting and guiding clients – every step of the way

Stuart is a Regulatory Compliance and Investigations lawyer. Handling some of the UK’s most complex and sensitive topics for his clients, Stuart specialises in health and safety, food safety, environmental and anti-bribery legislation.

Widely regarded as a crisis management expert, Stuart is also a Solicitor-Advocate.

“Our clients are at the heart of everything we do. Whether it is advising them on how to comply with their regulatory obligations or defending them when they are being investigated for non-compliances, we are there, right alongside them, advising, supporting and guiding them at every step of the way.”

A solutions first approach

Stuart’s extensive experience over the last 20 years includes acting for a number of national and international household names, helping them understand their regulatory obligations, assisting them investigate when they have concerns about non-compliance, representing their interests when they are under regulatory investigation and defending them when they face further action brought by a regulator.

The most rewarding part of it all for Stuart, is finding the best solutions to often very difficult problems.

Stuart’s mandates are usually high profile, media sensitive, complex cases – so it’s important to balance many different factors to get the best possible outcome. This can be challenging, but, Stuart says, “working as part of the client team, supporting and challenging them at every step of the way gets the right result for everyone in the end”.

Stuart describes his working style as “hands-on, no non-nonsense, totally focused on what is best for his clients with a sense of fun”.


“Stuart Ponting has excellent knowledge of corporate law in regard to health and safety. He was fully aware of current trends and legislative developments that could have had a potential impact on the company. Stuart was always very quick to respond to our needs with a willingness to go above and beyond.”

Legal 500

“Stuart Ponting and Claire Burrows are a well organised and coherent support team, whose service has never been anything but exemplary to me.”

Legal 500

“Stuart’s sound legal and commercial advice is consistently of the highest quality and he is always available to assist at short notice, notwithstanding the challenges of operating across various jurisdictions and time zones.”

Chambers & Partners

“Stuart Ponting is exceptional – a great mix of experience, knowledge and nous all combine to enable him to deal with most regulators in a way which provides a positive outcome. He is the only external lawyer on speed dial in my car- nuff said”

Legal 500

“The health and safety team at Walker Morris LLP is wise, sharp, sparky, full of commercial and creative solutions, has outstanding market knowledge, and is ready to roll its sleeves up and be on site late at night or at unsocial hours.”

Legal 500

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