United Kingdom

Please contact our office for more information about our services in the UK:

REACT UK
Tony Williams
Unity House Westwood Park
Wigan
Lancashire
WN3 4HE
Tel 00 44 1942 590781
Mob 00 44 7788 140607
e-mail: twilliams@react.uk.net


The UK and Ireland are both very large markets for the manufacture, distribution and sale of counterfeit goods of all types. Both are also transit and entry points for goods destined for other EU Countries. There is a considerable need for good working relationships with both the Customs authorities and also the internal market enforcement agencies such as Trading Standards and Police. REACT UK has an excellent working relationship with all these UK Law Enforcement agencies. We work closely with Customs to allow them to seize and destroy offending goods. All cases can be followed through from initial seizure by Customs through to destruction and if necessary instructing lawyers to take civil proceedings to have the goods seized. This is a last resort and in the vast majority of cases agreement is reached with the importers to abandon the goods. REACT UK also has a high profile with the internal agencies, Trading Standards and Police.  We act as a first point of contact for Law Enforcement and provide them with the expert examinations and evidence required to allow them to take the appropriate criminal actions against all levels of counterfeit operations. We provide support to these agencies on raids and inspections to allow them to seize offending goods. We work closely with the UK Anti-Counterfeiting Group to provide training to all UK Enforcement agencies.

Our services in United Kingdom

  • Amicable settlements and/or negotiation settlement following Customs actions
  • Appearing in court hearings in criminal proceedings as witnesses or experts
  • Attending personal hearing
  • Desk research
  • Drafting and filing of administrative complaints
  • Drafting and filing of criminal complaints
  • Drafting and filing of expert reports, affidavits and written witness statements
  • Facilitate the handling of court proceedings
  • Filing a demand for a raid
  • Filing Customs applications
  • Filing surveillance letter
  • Follow up Customs/Police cases (C&D letters, negotiations, settlement drafting)
  • Informing Customs officers on brand details
  • Organize and assist the police and relevant authorities in market raids
  • Organize inspections and investigations of markets, shops and events
  • Organize test purchases
  • Organizing the transportation, storage, destruction and, wherever possible, the recycling of counterfeit products
  • Organizing training sessions and information meetings for Police, Customs and/or Trade Inspection authorities
  • Preparing and submitting civil actions (including C&D letters)
  • Simplified procedure

Country Procedures

  • Customs application not mandatory
  • If Customs acts ex officio, an application for action must be filed within 4 days
  • Deadline for response to Customs notification of detention is 10 working days (extendable once) with application for action (3 working days for perishable goods), 4 working days for ex officio actions
  • Deadline for importer to respond to seizure is 10 working days (extendable for a further 10 working days)
  • Criminal prosecutions can be taken by Trading Standards Authorities and Police. Both of these agencies are able to pursue cases under the Proceeds of Crime Act and conduct financial investigations to seize the assets of defendants in appropriate cases