On 7 April 2011, the ‘red tape challenge’ website was launched, proclaiming that ‘for years red tape and bureaucracy have been allowed to spiral out of control. Excessive regulation is burdening business, hurting our economy and damaging society’. The then Prime Minister noted that there were ’21,000 statutory rules and regulations in force’, expressing the hope that that coalition government would be the first to leave office having reduced the burden of regulation rather than increasing it.

In 2014 it was suggested that 3,000 regulations had been scrapped. Progress?

Maybe- but whether regulation is necessary must surely depend on analysis of its purpose as well as the cost/burden of compliance. Like it or not, in a complicated world some regulation is necessary.

Regulating, as well as being regulated is undoubtedly a specialist affair.

The first of our Prime Ministers this year proclaimed a £1Bn cut of red tape post Brexit, from where this might come, and at what cost is not yet clear. The second also announced similar intentions to help businesses.

In 2017 the National Audit Office published a paper that acknowledged 90 key ‘regulators’ operating in the UK (other than local authorities). Those regulators had expenditure of £4 billion.

They remain in place.. and are unlikely to go anywhere..

Drystone Chambers has a dedicated team of experienced counsel providing a comprehensive service, from pre-charge advice to confiscation and other ancillary orders on conviction.

In November 2023, following a successful tender, Drystone Chambers was once again appointed to the Barristers Legal Services Framework panel of the London Boroughs’ Legal Alliance (LBLA), which now consists of 26 local authority members, having consistently attracted substantial instructions in our practice areas over the previous four years on the criminal prosecutions panel.  We are also instructed by many other local authorities in other parts of the country, who come to us knowing we provide a comprehensive, professional and reliable service.

For more information please contact our clerks on 020 7404 1881 or via email to We will discuss your case with you and then arrange the right representation for your matter.

Regulatory  Expertise

Regulatory  Barristers

Andrew Campbell-Tiech KC

Call 1978     Silk 2003

Karim Khalil KC

Call 1984     Silk 2003

Simon Kitchen

Call 1988

Jonathan Green

Call 1993

John McNally

Call 1996

Nick Ham

Call 1997

Ryan Thompson

Call 1999

Andrew Price

Call 2003

Claire Howell

Claire Howell

Call 2003

Christopher Jeyes

Call 2005

Unyime Davies

Unyime Davies

Call 2006

Richard Davies

Call 2013

Ahmed Muen

Call 2014

Kenniesha Stephens

Call 2015

Georgia Luscombe

Call 2017

Lidia Iancu

Call 2017

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