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Shoosmiths LLP's health and safety practice has wide-ranging experience covering non-contentious matters in addition to defending and prosecuting cases on behalf of corporate clients. It is particularly noted for its expertise in the petrochemical, retail, automotive, manufacturing, transport, food and healthcare sectors. In an illustration of its track record in the automotive sector, Philip Ryan acted for a global car manufacturer in a number of health and safety inspections into its UK and European arms, which revealed a number of unsafe practices and a failure to follow appropriate testing of lifting equipment; Ryan provided training to the company and, following written responses provided under caution, the authorities opted to forego any prosecutions. In another key mandate, the practice represented a provider of facilities and constructions workers in a HSE investigation arising from a fatal accident involving a delivery vehicle and a banksman at a construction site in London. Charles Arrand regularly acts for corporations and their directors in health and safety investigations, prosecutions and other enforcement actions.

For many, Taylor Haldane Barlex Solicitors LLP is 'the leading firm in this area in terms of the quality of service, the breadth and depth of knowledge, and its experience'. Practice head Matthew Taylor, Abigail Bainbridge and Briony Clarke 'really care about their clients; they provide a level of service that is amongst the best in the profession, with deep knowledge of the law in this ever-changing environment'. Clarke ('a very practical and tenacious lawyer who provides her clients with realistic advice') recently acted on behalf of the HSE in a prosecution arising from a fatality which occurred whilst temporary traffic works were being undertaken on an A road in Lidgate, Suffolk. In another key mandate, Bainbridge represented the HSE in relation to an accident which occurred at the Elstree Film Studio in which an electrician fell through an open hatch at the studio, leading to life-changing injuries.

Blake Morgan LLP's health and safety clients include a number of UK and European businesses, for which it handles a significant amount of non-contentious work in addition to more conventional civil and criminal litigation. The practice is also on the panel of two legal expenses insurers. John Mitchell, Tim Williamson and Simon White are the key figures in Southampton - they link up with practitioners in the firm's Wales office to handle regulatory investigations, provide post-incident reviews, and advise on issues arising from historic practices that might give rise to future liability for occupational illnesses such as asbestos-related diseases.

BLM's health and safety practice is headed by David Tye-Reeve, a former police station duty solicitor with more than 25 years' experience representing clients charged with health and safety offences involving fatalities or serious personal injury arising out of accidents in the workplace. The practice regularly handles serious and high-profile cases, including corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter, and is a regular fixture in high-profile inquests across all sectors. Other disciplines include complex construction and engineering cases, manufacturing incidents and cases involving deaths and serious injuries in care facilities for the elderly.

Clients 'receive a very high level of service' from Cripps LLP; 'advice given is practical, there is good strength in depth in the team, and knowledge provided is always reliable'. The two-partner regulatory team handles a range of health and safety matters, with a particular emphasis on advising its developer, construction and housebuilder clients on contentious and non-contentious matters, including handling personal injury claims. It also acts for directors, transport managers, drivers and other employees in connection with transport law matters, including public inquiries before the Transport Commissioner. Recent work includes respresenting Horder Healthcare in an Inquest involving issues around the provision of medical services, as well as complex causation and liability points. Philip Youdan heads the team.

Gardner Leader LLP fields a 'strong, supportive team that provides high-quality support and advice in often extremely difficult and urgent circumstances'. The regulatory practice has an extensive track record in investigations and prosecutions brought by the HSE, and is handling a growing number of mandates stemming from companies seeking advice on risk assessments and compliance. Practice head Michelle Di Gioia ('pragmatic, dogged and determined - a lawyer you definitely want on your side and not your opponent's') recently acted for Race Interiors on its health and safety policies following its prosecution by the HSE. The 'hardworking, calm and user-friendly' Julie Taylor is also recommended.

Brachers' health and safety team is 'highly attentive, always available and willing to talk through any issues', with team head Lee May singled out for his 'strong in-depth knowledge of his subject area'. The practice acts for public and private sector clients, and is noted for its construction, healthcare and education sector expertise. John Sheath has more than 30 years' experience handling inquests, corporate manslaughter, and risk management and governance issues.

Gullands Solicitors acts for individuals and businesses on health and safety prosecutions and assists with risk management and compliance matters. Practice head John Roberts has an extensive track record in criminal regulatory matters, including representing corporate clients in HSE prosecutions. Associate Andrew Clarke handles health and safety matters alongside his personal injury workload. Recent work includes acting in an investigation by KCC Trading Standards under the Health and Safety at Work Act into alleged breaches of explosives regulations.

Moore Blatch LLP fields a 'solid' health and safety practice has a wealth of experience handling high-profile accidents and fatalities on behalf of insurers and companies. It is particularly noted for defending commercial clients in fatal and serious injury cases related to the transport, waste, manufacturing and construction industries. David Thompson heads the practice and regularly acts for companies and individuals facing charges related to health and safety, environmental, transport, corporate crime and professional misconduct. Other key figures include associate Amy Cameron, who regularly represents clients in magistrates, crown court and public inquiries before the traffic commissioner.

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