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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Birketts LLP has 'an excellent team, professional but with personality, detailed but with clear advice and little jargon'. 'The response times were always excellent; their approach supportive and timely; their knowledge and business acumen is extremely thorough', remarks one client. Another sees the firm as 'on a par with some of the Silver Circle London firms'. Barristers Matthew Gowen (whose advice is 'always concise, to-the-point and relevant') and Laura Thomas 'provide excellent counsel and practicality; they are superb in court, very knowledgeable and give great commitment and support with candid and considered advice'. They defended a company facing prosecution for a quadruple fatality on a construction project. Senior associates Julie Gowland and Philippa Dyer advise both companies and individuals on HSE matters, and solicitor Joanna Kasprzyk is also recommended as 'an up-and-coming lawyer with attention to detail and frankness'. Consultant Frank Sykes, whose experience includes a stint as principal inspector at the HSE, is also recommended.

The team at Greenwoods GRM¬†provides ‚Äėan¬†excellent level of service with in-depth advice, especially in complex matters‚Äė. The firm acts for a nationwide client base in sectors such as¬†hospitality, SME manufacturing and construction. The firm provides creative solutions in new areas of health and safety law, including¬†niche areas such as property guardianship regulation.¬†Kathryn Gilbertson¬†is a leading name in the market and clients remark that she has¬†‚Äėan excellent commercial approach‚Äė. As well as handling a full caseload of high-profile matters, she also provides training to the Royal Society for Public Health on health and safety and sentencing guidelines. Her recent cases include advising Neil Crow as director of national construction company Inhouse Design & Build on HSE investigations in which he was deemed responsible for multiple breaches of regulations. The team ensured that he avoided a custodial sentence.¬†Food company Moy Park is also among the firm's clients.¬†Experienced advocate Anthony Le¬†is a key part of the regulatory team and has more than ten years' experience in health and safety matters.

Mills & Reeve LLP has a regulatory practice that is best-known for its work in the the healthcare sector, in which it advises both independent and public sector service providers on health and safety matters. Its recent work includes achieving the discontinuance of a corporate manslaughter investigation against an NHS Trust, obtaining early resolution of a police investigation into the death of a care home resident who went missing following a fire alarm, and preventing enforcement action being taken against a German contractor after subcontractors developed carbon monoxide poisoning. Duncan Astill in Cambridge leads the practice and frequently acts for clients in the construction and healthcare industries, including overseas companies, in compliance and HSE matters. In-house barrister, regulatory lawyer and Crown Court judge Philip Grey  leads on work in the education sector. Senior associate Amanda Narkiewicz is a rising star and with Astill she defended Spanish company Befesa Salt Slags Ltd in two prosecutions. Consultant and regulatory specialist Ian Mayers has more than 30 years' experience in this specialist area of law.

Veteran litigator Hugh Rowland at Gotelee Solicitors in Ipswich has more then 30 years' experience in health and safety law and he has developed a niche practice in both defending and prosecuting enforcement matters. He is 'measured, accurate, utterly dependable and trusted by clients' and one client notes that he 'instils confidence, calmness and trust at a most difficult and stressful time'. As well as a busy caseload of defending HSE, local authority and police investigations and prosecutions, he also handles private prosecutions: trading standards matters and Environment Agency claims.

Hunt & Coombs LLP in Peterborough draws on the experience of two specialist crime lawyers, Simon Milburn and Andrew Cave, who advise both corporates and individuals on health and safety matters. Milburn prosecutes and defends HSE matters, proceeds of crime cases, environmental and trading standards matters. Cave has a strong reputation in motoring and vehicle licensing law and frequently handles DVSA (VOSA) prosecutions. The practice also undertakes regulatory prosecutions on behalf of local councils and other public bodies. Recent highlights for the practice include appealing against health and safety prohibition and improvement notices to enable a client to continue operating at its premises; supporting clients following investigation and prosecution for breaches of health and safety obligations; and defending a company against manslaughter charges following the death of a worker on a construction site.

Leathes Prior brings together a group of experienced regulatory, business defence and litigation specialists to handle judicial review proceedings, the development and review of health and safety policies, incident management and HSE investigations and prosecutions. Head of business regulation and defence Tim Cary is the key contact and he is supported by head of dispute resolution Mike Barlow, litigator Darren Bowen, and a talented bench of associates including the highly regarded Polly Langford, newly promoted Tej Thakkar, who is well versed in criminal, transport and regulatory matters, and Sabina Haag.

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  • Companies should plan now to minimise their pension protection levy

    The amount that pension schemes have to pay to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) for the year 2006/07 may have increased by as much as five times the previous year's levy. Employers who ultimately bear the cost of many pension schemes will need to make plans now to ensure the levy payable for the year 2008/09 is kept to a minimum.
    - Stephenson Harwood

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