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Bond Dickinson LLP regularly represents health authorities in cases involving death and injury to patients, as well as acting for commercial clients such as B&Q and Network rail, and investigating bodies. Jon Cooper advised the HSE on the investigation into an explosion at Pembroke Refinery. Nathan Peacey joined Foot Anstey.

Ann Metherall leads the ‘exceptional’ department at Burges Salmon LLP, which represents individuals and corporates including FirstGroup on HSE and Office of Rail Regulation investigations, health and safety audits, and in sentencing, hearings and inquests.

At DAC Beachcroft LLP, practice head Richard Ottley defends corporate clients such as Keepmoat Group, Zurich and Allianz against regulatory and criminal charges, including manslaughter. Barrister Caroline Harvey joined from Nelson Legal LLP.

According to some, Osborne Clarke is ‘easily one of the best’ for crisis management. Led by newly promoted partner Mary Lawrence, the practice has strength in HSE and police investigations.

Kerry Gwyther leads TLT’s practice, which represents corporates in regulatory prosecutions and investigations, and also handles asbestos-related inquests and prosecutions in the housing sector. Glastonbury Festival and Merlin Entertainments are clients.

Ashfords LLP defends construction and industrial employers against corporate manslaughter and other charges. Practice head Richard Voke ‘understands how regulators operate’.

Browne Jacobson LLP recruited Dale Collins from Bond Dickinson LLP. Nigel Lyons and Collins represent multinational businesses and SMEs in investigations and prosecutions.

Foot Anstey’s Chris Pritchett advised on health and safety policy for a major construction and energy generation project. Nathan Peacey and senior associate Liz Perry joined from Bond Dickinson LLP.

Lester Aldridge LLP secured a place on the HSE’s reduced panel and has been involved in some of the leading cases in recent years. Michael Veal is recommended.

Michelmores LLP’s team focuses on workplace fatalities. Andrew Oldland QC defends corporate clients facing investigation or prosecution.

Nash & Co’s Ian Veater is ‘a real expert’ in HSE investigations, prosecutions and appeals against notices and judicial review proceedings. The firm has particular strength in the construction sector.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards’ education-focused practice handles investigations into historic abuse allegations and asbestos claims. Tabitha Cave leads the team.

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