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A star performer’ in health and safety, Blake Morgan LLP’s ‘approachable’ group defends a varied client base ranging from multinational corporates to individuals. Practice head John Mitchellmeticulously prepares defences’ and stands out for his ‘loyalty, integrity, diplomacy, devotion to duty and expert technical knowledge’. Nikki Hutchins left the firm in 2015.

A top-tier firm’, Shoosmiths LLP fields ‘a very strong team’ that handles a mix of defendant and prosecution matters. The firm is frequently called on to handle high-profile cases for major corporate clients. Key figures on the defence side include Philip Ryan and Ron Reid, who has ‘amassed a great deal of knowledge and experience’. On the prosecution side, associate Rubina Zaidi acted for the HSE in proceedings against a care home and company director following the death of an elderly resident.

BLM’s team is noted for its ‘substantial knowledge and experience in this field’, which encompasses inquests and work for insurers including the Direct Line Group and QBE. Practice head David Tye-Reeve is ‘very analytical’.

Gardner Leader LLP has noted an increase in instructions to advise on risk and compliance assessments, while simultaneously handling high-profile defences. Practice head Michelle Di Gioia defended Natures Way Foods in proceedings from the death of a sub-contractor while working on the client’s site.

Taylor Haldane Barlex Solicitors LLP is ‘a professional outfit’ that undertakes prosecutions on behalf of the HSE. Key names include Matthew Taylor (who is ‘a class act’) and the ‘exceptional’ Briony Clarke.

Brachers’ team has been advising on health and safety matters for clients in the healthcare sector. John Sheath and Lee May are the key names.

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