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Chris Morrison leads the practice at Clyde & Co LLP, which β€˜always assists in a proactive manner’ and regularly acts on high-profile issues. The team acts for corporates and insurers including Asda, AIG and Mitie Group. Morrison’s key mandates included advising Pyranha Mouldings in corporate manslaughter proceedings. Also recommended are Rod Hunt, who is β€˜a very able professional with excellent technical knowledge’, and David Leckie, who is recommended for regulatory matters.

For some, DLA Piper β€˜provides the best experience and service in the field’ and utilises its national strength to advise on domestic and international issues. Practice co-head Teresa Hitchcock is a leader in non-contentious mandates, while fellow co-head Roy Tozer is β€˜always tactically ahead of the game’ in contentious matters. Recent highlights for the practice include assisting McCalls Special Products following a fatality at one of its factories. Charles Arrand is also recommended.

DWF advises a wide range of corporates and insurers including Morrisons, Wetherspoons and new client BUPA. Practice head Steffan Groch is representing Cape in an investigation into a fatality at the client’s North Sea platform, and Dominic Watkins is representing Monovan in corporate manslaughter proceedings following the fatalities of two members of the public at one of its construction sites. Other key names include Hilary Ross and Paul Matthews.

β€˜One of the first-class choices for health and safety work’, Eversheds LLP fields a β€˜team of real experts’ that provides β€˜excellent strategic advice’. The β€˜incomparably brilliant’ Kevin Elliott leads the department, and recently represented Greenwood Forest Park following a fatal fall from a zip wire. Also recommended are the β€˜patient and diplomatic’ David Young and the β€˜client-focused’ Paul Verrico, who made partner in 2016.

For some, Kennedys is β€˜simply the best for health and safety work’. Richard Crockford leads the team and is one of the β€˜true leaders’ in disaster incidents; the department is acting for new client Merlin Entertainments in an investigation following a highly publicised roller coaster collision at Alton Towers. Other key names include β€˜fearless defender’ Daniel McShee and David Wright, who is β€˜always calm under fire’.

Pinsent Masons LLP has a β€˜truly national service’, which makes it β€˜one of the best by a mile’. The practice is β€˜a big name in the construction sector’ with a client list that includes Morgan Sindall Group, Balfour Beatty and Bouygues (UK). Laura Cameron leads the department, which includes β€˜first-class lawyer’ Kevin Bridges and senior associates Sean Elson (who β€˜sticks with his clients until the end’) and the β€˜extremely competent and positive’ Kizzy Augustin.

BCL Solicitors LLP’s β€˜extremely capable’ team is noted for its β€˜clear strength in regulatory investigations’. The practice focuses solely on defending in contentious matters and leverages the firm’s strong criminal practice to act on corporate manslaughter issues, in which β€˜tenacious and strategic’ practice head Guy Bastable shines.

Jennette Newman leads BLM’s department, which β€˜stands out among the crowd’ and is a β€˜strong operator’ in the construction and care sectors, with substantial inquest experience. Key names include Leanne Conisbee and Victoria Kennedy, who is β€˜the absolute epitome of professionalism’.

Bond Dickinson LLP’s practice is led by β€˜star partner’ and β€˜genuinely skilled operator’ Jon Cooper, who has β€˜impeccable judgement’. The team advises defendants and claimants, and recently assisted the HSE with the prosecution of Euro Dismantling Services and its employee. The practice also acts for retail sector clients including Sainsbury’s and B&Q.

The transport and construction sectors are prominent areas of focus for Burges Salmon LLP’s practice, which acts for clients including FirstGroup and London and South Eastern Railway. The team also continues to grow its manufacturing and renewable energy expertise. β€˜Excellent’ practice head Ann Metherall acts for rail clients and is recommended alongside Chris Jackson and senior associate Matt Kyle, who is β€˜excellent at steering clients through complexities’.

CMS is a leader in energy sector matters across oil and gas, and renewables; clients include TAQA Bratani and Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe. Practice head Jan Burgess, who splits her time between Aberdeen and London, regularly advises on high-risk offshore oil and gas matters.

Sally Roff leads DAC Beachcroft LLP’s national practice, while Fiona Gill leads the London team and regularly advises construction clients. The department has a substantial insurer client base, which includes Zurich, AXA and Aviva. Associate Colin Moore is also recommended.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has β€˜solid analytical skills’ and a β€˜detailed understanding of the issues’; the practice β€˜will leave no stone unturned’ when acting for its clients, which include BP, Panasonic and Chevron. The team is representing Chevron in an investigation following a fatal explosion at one of the client’s refineries. Practice head Howard Watson is β€˜at the top of his game’ and has β€˜unmatched gravitas and commercial awareness’.

Nabarro LLP’s practice is led by Lukas Rootman, and is recognised for its strength in HSE prosecutions, investigations and inquests. Clients include Veolia Environmental, GE Capital, Tarmac and Quintain. Carl Dray is recommended for insurance matters.

Osborne Clarke remains strong in crisis management matters, with a notable presence in the energy, transport and infrastructure sectors; clients include SSE, EDF Energy and Eversholt Rail. Associate director Mary Lawrence leads the practice, which includes Catherine Wolfenden, who heads the regulatory group.

Plexus Law focuses on insurance litigation and has substantial experience in prosecutions and investigations. Clients include RSA, Chartis, XL Group and Bovis Homes. Key names include β€˜standout partner’ Peter James, Anthony Bushell, who β€˜handles prosecutions with great integrity and robustness’, and Philip Tracey, who is β€˜very business savvy’.

RPC’s β€˜fair, balanced and pragmatic team’ stands out for its insurance expertise; clients include XL Caitlin and Faraday. Practice co-heads Gavin Reese and Nick McMahon are praised for their β€˜ability to tailor advice to each situation’ and β€˜are able get the best out of those they are working with’.

Rob Elvin leads Squire Patton Boggs’ department, and is also European head of the firm’s environmental, safety and health practice. The team is experienced in corporate defence work, and regularly utilises its global network to assist clients on a domestic and international level.

Gowling WLG provides β€˜sound advice’ and acts for clients in defending and preventing enforcement actions and assisting with inquests. Clients include Sheffield City Council and Cemex UK operations. Andrew Litchfield and Susan Dearden are the key contacts.

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, consultant Gary Cassidy advises clients on investigations, prosecutions and regulatory compliance. Louise Moore is also recommended.

Kingsley Napley LLP’s practice sits within the firm’s β€˜truly excellent criminal law practice’ and represents clients in prosecutions and criminal investigations. Jonathan Grimes is β€˜a great criminal lawyer with a clear understanding of health and safety’.

Caroline May leads Norton Rose Fulbright’s team, which is advising the Crown Estate Commissioners on the health and safety elements of multiple offshore energy and infrastructure projects. Other clients include BP, Air Products and Macquarie Group.

Weightmans LLP continues to act for insurance clients and was recently instructed by HCCI to act for Thenhotels following the death of two hotel guests. David Lewis leads the national practice, and Crispin Kenyon heads up the London team.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP provides β€˜sound commercial advice’ and has particular experience advising on fire safety and asbestos issues. The β€˜incredibly valuable’ Craig Baylis leads the department, which includes associate Jeremy Bark, who is β€˜always on the button’.

Adam Kendall leads the practice at Bevan Brittan LLP, which continues to act for health sector clients on compliance issues and enforcement proceedings.

Bivonas Law LLP specialises in criminal and regulatory issues and is led by β€˜star in the field’ Michael Appleby*; he is β€˜an outstanding practitioner and fantastic tactician’. *Since publication, Michael Appleby has joined Fisher Scoggins Waters LLP.

β€˜Leading criminal defence firm’ Blackfords LLP has experience across investigations, inquests and defending gross negligence manslaughter and corporate manslaughter prosecutions. Practice head Gary Rubin β€˜cuts to the issues’ and β€˜fights his corner well’.

The β€˜considered, clear and knowledgeable’ Sam Boileau and Stephen Shergold lead Dentons’ β€˜experienced and capable’ team, which has a strong presence in the energy sector; Boileau has particular experience dealing with the new Offshore Safety Directive. Senior associate Helen Bowdren is β€˜extremely committed’.

Fieldfisher is prominent in the travel sector, a particular focus of practice head Rhys Griffiths, and advises on compliance issues and criminal investigations. Clients single out the β€˜very responsive and knowledgeable’ Andrew Sanderson.

K&L Gates LLP is β€˜highly experienced in the construction sector’, where it acts for clients including Laing O’Rourke and Allegheny Technologies. The β€˜extremely user-friendly’ Christine Braamskamp leads the practice, which focuses on criminal work. β€˜Outstanding practitioner’ Dylan Moses is also recommended.

The β€˜highly professional team’ at Tuckers Solicitors specialises in criminal prosecutions and enforcement notice appeals, and also regularly advises the HSE. The β€˜masterly and incisive’ Jim Meyer leads the practice.

The β€˜highly technical and supremely bright’ Simon Joyston-Bechal leads the practice at boutique firm Turnstone Law. The firm also utilises a team of five barristers, who retain their own practices while also advising the firm’s clients.

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