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Alan Fuller

Albion Chambers

Broad Street Bristol BS1 1DR

  • Overview

    Alan Fuller is a specialist advocate dealing with Regulatory Crime and is the Regulatory Team Leader. His experience and expertise is consistently acknowledged in the Legal 500 directory, where he is listed amongst a handful of such specialists on the Western Circuit. He has built on his extensive experience in the criminal courts to provide an expert advisory and advocacy service tailored to the needs of those working in this field. His approachable and accessible style makes him first choice for many Local Authorities dealing with complex and novel cases, including the South West Regional Trading Standards Enforcement team. He has also been appointed to the approved list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law (list B).

  • Regulatory

    Alan’s experience covers Trading Standards, Health and Safety, Food Safety, Environmental law and Licensing. He regularly acts in cases involving the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations and wider Fraud Act offences, receiving instructions on behalf of Trading Standards Departments across the South West and beyond.

    He continues to prosecute and defend in the areas of financial and ‘white-collar’ crime, including complex cases of fraudulent trading.

    Alan has considerable experience in conducting complicated confiscation proceedings under the Criminal Justice and Proceeds of Crime Acts. Many of these cases are associated with his trading standards work.

    Cases of Interest:

    Trading Standards:

    • R v Proctor – Trade marks, counterfeit medicines (inc. Viagra, Cialis etc);
    • R v Kaminskas – Fraudulent trading, distribution of fake charity bags across the south-west;
    • R v Presland and Others – Three-handed, nationwide fraudulent trading scheme re. leaflet distribution;
    • R v Hunter – International distribution of counterfeit goods (razors, electric toothbrush heads) £2m+ loss;
    • R v Mendoza and Girvin – Fraudulent trading and CPUT Regulation offences. Mis-selling of timeshare release scheme targeting previous timeshare ‘victims’;
    • South Gloucestershire Council v Halfords Autocentres – Defending a prosecution that arose from issues with car servicing detected in a “secret shopper” operation;
    • R v Tofiq and others – Operation targeting long term, established trade in illegal tobacco products;
    • Bath and North East Somerset v Jones – Divisional Court, definition of “Pedlar”, illegal street trading;
    • R v Ward-Best – Fraudulent trading. Nationwide mis-selling of ‘nuisance-call blockers’ and associated services. Confiscation benefit £650,000;
    • R v Rivers – Fraudulent trading, high pressure sales of burglar alarm systems to the old and vulnerable;
    • R v Legacy Windows – Consumer protection, nationwide enquiry into faulty goods and failure to honour consumers’ rights;
    • R v Patel and others – Complex money laundering offences arising from the operation of fraudulent college placements;
    • R v Buck – Fraudulent trading, ‘rogue’ building services across the South West and South Wales. Confiscation benefit £4.6m.
    • R v Flight – Consumer Protection Offences involving rouge landlord.

    Health and Safety, Environmental:

    • R v Firemagic Ltd – Health and Safety, Management and Storage of Explosives Regulations – Explosion at a fireworks warehouse;
    • R v Mitchell & Butler – Workplace fatality, cleaner falling from a step ladder in restaurant premises;
    • R v Bookers Cash and Carry – Workplace fatality, worker run over by forklift truck;
    • R v Sleeman Ltd – Mishandled explosion at a Somerset quarry causing a ‘fly-rock’ incident;
    • R v Coilcolour Ltd  Legionella contamination in cooling tower used in industrial process;
    • R v BUPA – Death of resident at a care home after a fall whilst unsupervised;
    • R v Whirlpool (Court of Appeal) – Workplace fatality after fall from height, sentence in this case was reviewed by the Court of Appeal in a detailed analysis of the Definitive Guideline for Health and Safety Offences etc.;
    • HSE v Westdale Services Ltd – 12-year-old boy falling from unprotected scaffold, life-changing injuries;
    • R v 3Ds Mining – Workplace injury resulting from rock fall underground;
    • HSE v PA Fencing – Workplace fatality involving  an employee crushed as a result of an overloaded telehandler;
    • R v Mitie Roofing Ltd – breaches involving access to fragile roofing and consequent fall from height;
    • North Somerset Council v Grand Pier Ltd – Elderly woman fatally injured by advertising sign blown over by gale force winds;
    • R v Bryant – Environmental Protection Act. Serial “fly-tipper”;
    • South Gloucestershire Council v Smiths – Environmental Protection Act, duty of care, escape of waste;
    • Environment Agency of Wales v Digby Plant Hire Ltd – Environmental Protection Act, illegal landfill site;
    • Environment Agency v South West Highways – Bridge alterations causing local flooding.
    • Environment Agency v Spencer Farm Partnership – Multiple water pollution incidents


    • North Somerset Council v Wallis – Cattle passport, ear-tag and animal welfare offences. Lifetime ban from keeping farm animals;
    • Healthcare Commission v Orthopaedic and Spine Specialist Clinic Ltd – Care Standards Act prosecution, private hospital operating outside its terms of registration;
    • Bath & North East Somerset Council v Al Felafel Ltd – Food safety, allergen labelling, fatality involving 15- year-old girl;
    • Devon CC v Bidder – Animal welfare, fitness for transportation;
    • R v Harris – Interference with badger setts;
    • Care Quality Commission v Dr S Nimmo – Appeal against suspension/closure of GP Surgery.
Alan Fuller


‘He is a safe pair of hands who knows health and safety law inside out.’

Legal 500 2024

‘Alan has vast experience and knowledge in regulatory cases. He always delivers the best possible advice and advocacy in a calm and likeable manner.’

Legal 500 2023 

“‘excellent cross-examination skills”
Legal 500 2022

“A formidable advocate who is dogged in his approach to cases while always maintaining a pragmatic view of the situation”
Legal 500 2021

“Very experienced in trading standards cases.”
Legal 500 2019

“Defends and prosecutes in benefit fraud and fraudulent trading matters”
Legal 500 2017

Legal 500 2016

“Western Circuit – Regulatory, health and safety and licensing – Leading junior”
“His areas of expertise include health and safety, licensing and consumer protection”
Legal 500 2015

“He has a broad knowledge of areas such as trading standards, health and safety, and licensing”
Legal 500 2014

“specialises in regulatory crime, including health and safety and trading standards”
Legal 500 2013

“an excellent choice for regulatory crime and trading standards”
Legal 500 2010

“noted for his wide experience of trading standards and health and safety matters”
Legal 500 2009

“Alan Fuller is ‘a bright junior’ noted as a sound choice for regulatory and trading standards work”
Legal 500 2008


  • LLB (Hons) Warwick

Professional memberships

  • Western Circuit
  • CBA
  • Health and Safety Lawyers Association