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Addleshaw Goddard LLPis very skilled at harnessing the full resources of the firm to deal with the issue at hand’. ‘Very well-respected’ legal director Erin Shoosmith has a ‘gift of devising practical and attractive solutions. It regularly advises corporate clients such as Britvic Soft Drinks and individuals facing prosecution or investigation by the police, HSE and other authorities.

BLM’s ‘strong team shows excellent attention to detail’. Helen Devery is ‘just outstanding’, and Sally Hancock is ‘gentle but firm in cases involving fatalies’. Natalie Puce is also recommended for her ‘sound and realistic’ advice. The team acted in two major corporate manslaughter cases. Clients include Warburtons.

Clyde & Co LLP’s corporate and insurer clients include MITIE Group, AIG, Airbus, Asda and Axa. Highlights included acting for the manufacturer in a high-profile corporate manslaughter case. Chris Morrison heads the team and is skilled at handling fatal and serious health and safety, fire safety and food safety incidents. Rod Hunt is ‘very knowledgeable’.

DWF provides ‘great value for money and always goes that extra mile’. The ‘efficient, professional and commercially mindedSteffan Groch advises companies, directors and managers on a variety of health, safety and environment prosecutions. Key clients include Persimmon Group, Premier Foods and Hovis. The ‘excellentVikki Woodfine and Gary Smith are also recommended.

At Pinsent Masons LLP, Kevin Bridges is ‘an incisive tactician with a first-rate knowledge and client-care skills that are second to none’. Senior associate Zoe Betts is ‘industrious and provides robust and practical advice’.

Squire Patton Boggs represented Bayer CropScience in relation to a HSE prosecution following an electrical airing incident in which a contractor was seriously injured. Other high-profile clients include Clintons Cards, Gallagher and Enterprise Inns. Rob Elvin ‘has a wealth of experience and his advice is always excellent’.

Hill Dickinson LLP has a ‘very responsive and personable team’ that is regularly involved in high-profile defence work for household names in the manufacturing, retail, services and construction sectors. Clients include Liverpool City Council. Richard Green provides ‘balanced and realistic advice’. Philip Moy and Simon Parrington are also recommended.

Osborn Abas Hunt provides a ‘Rolls-Royce service to clients’ with particular expertise in the construction industry and other high-hazard sectors such as marine, nuclear, oil, gas and transport. The ‘tenacious’ Madeleine Abas is ‘one of the most experienced health and safety lawyers in the country’.

Weightmans LLPrapidly gets to the heart of the problem and identifies the right way forward’. Clients include Jaguar Land Rover, Emcor and Zurich Insurance. Team head David Lewis is ‘the top of the tree and resolves issues in a very practical way’.

No stone is left unturned’ at Brabners LLP, where Lachlan Nisbet is ‘always willing to help, advise and listen and then comes up with practical solutions’. Clients include Peel Ports Group.

Iain Moore heads the team at DAC Beachcroft LLP, which advises a wide range of major insurers and multinational corporate clients.

Keoghs LLP’s team is very experienced in dealing with regulatory prosecutions undertaken by the HSE, Environment Agency, local authorities and the CQC. David Walton, Suzanne Drinkwater and Neena Sharma are recommended.

Pannone Corporate LLP re-launched its health and safety practice with the arrival of Tristan Meears-White from DWF in May 2015.

Slater and Gordonmaintains a personal approach to cases while being extremely professional’. The team enjoys a steady flow of instructions in both advisory and in defending against prosecution. The ‘hardworkingHelen Simm exercises ‘sound judgement’.

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