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The health and safety legal market is currently very busy in light of new sentencing guidelines, which came into force in February 2016. The new rules increased the level of fines, introducing penalties reaching over Β£10m for the most serious health and safety offences and twice as much for corporate manslaughter. As a result, companies are prepared to invest more resources in preventative measures but also to fight claims more ferociously than before. With the need for more sophisticated defence tactics in court as well as expertise in long-running trials, expert health and safety barristers remain in demand. The increase in health and safety work has been duly noted by practitioners seeking to leave the disintegrating criminal legal arena. The Hillsborough inquest finally concluded in 2016, leaving open the question of future prosecutions.

Crown Office Chambers β€˜maintains a strong and well-deserved reputation’ and is β€˜the first port of call’ for large corporate clients involved in very complex matters. Dominic Kay and Simon Antrobus are also well versed in the environmental aspects of health and safety regulation.

Henderson Chambers has a β€˜very good reputation at both silk and junior level’. Prashant Popat QC acted in R v CAV Aerospace, arising out of the death of a worker crushed by Airbus parts, and the case against Falcon Crane Hire and Doug Genge, following a fatal crane collapse in Battersea. In another key matter, Oliver Campbell QC has been leading Abigail Cohen in HSE v Veolia and John Fowler and Son.

Members of 6 Pump Court are β€˜experts in the field’, praised particularly for their regulatory expertise. Stephen Hockman QC has been defending Aggreko in the prosecution arising from health and safety breaches related to electrical work carried out at London Olympics. Pascal Bates has been prosecuting in a case following the fatalities in the Great Yarmouth steel collapse.

At 2 Bedford Row, β€˜the expertise of the most senior members pervades throughout the junior end of the set’. The set is renowned for its defence work, and members appeared in the Pyranha Mouldings case, which involved the largest corporate manslaughter prosecution to date.

Although barristers at Temple Garden Chambers act for claimants as well as defendants, Keith Morton QC has a solid track record acting for the latter; he successfully defended Dynamiq Cleaning in a case arising from an employee being crushed between two buses.

2 Hare Court β€˜goes from strength to strength’ and houses β€˜a good range of barristers’. Jonathan Laidlaw QC represented Fluor in the Greater Gabbard wind farm inquest.

Three Raymond Buildings attracts instructions from regulatory bodies, corporates and individuals, across a number of sectors. The clerks are β€˜always responsive and accommodating’.

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