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Blake Morgan LLP has a strong reputation among clients in the private and public sectors, for which it regularly defends in contentious issues, as well as providing advice on health and safety compliance and management. As part of her contentious practice, Claire Rawle provides a 24-hour critical incident response service to her clients, and regularly acts for respondents at every stage of the lifecycle of a case, from advice and representation at interviews under caution, through to support throughout the course of a joint investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and police. Robin Havard is another key practitioner within the team and handles prosecution work for the HSE, including a number of prosecutions arising out of workplace fatalities.

BLM’s team provides ‘robust and proficient’ advice to private and public sector entities from a range of industry sectors, including manufacturing, construction and engineering. Led by Matthew Harrington, the team is best known for handling complex fatal accident investigations and high-profile inquests; Harrington is currently representing a building contractor in a HSE investigation following a catastrophic injury caused to an employee of the building contractor. Clients include Dairy Crest, Tata Steel and QBE.

DAC Beachcroft Claims Limited has a market-leading position for handling health and safety work, both at a pre-emptive stage – where the firm’s work includes minimising risks through training, and reviewing policies and procedures – as well as in contentious matters for a client base comprising corporates as well as leading insurers. The ‘incredibly hardworking and skilledSally Roff leads the team in Newport and regularly handles corporate manslaughter and health and safety investigations by the police and HSE in the construction, retail, health and manufacturing sectors.

Led by the ‘tenacious and astute’ Peter Bennett (‘who is adept at fostering dialogue – an important skill in this field of work, notably with prosecutors’), the ‘proactive’ team at Dolmans regularly acts for public and private sector insurers in employers’ liability claims relating to industrial accidents and industrial diseases. Bennett has a particularly strong reputation for his work on behalf of local authorities and recently successfully ensured that Caerphilly County Borough Council was not named as a party in a HSE prosecution which was brought against the contractor after a fatal electrocution incident at a south Wales school. The firm also provides guidance and training to public sector clients on the implications of the new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences.

The arrival of associate Justin Davies at the beginning of 2016 has given Hugh James added depth across a range of health and safety issues, as well as niche expertise advising in fire safety matters as a result of Davies’ ‘excellent fire safety knowledge’. Davies regularly receives instructions from South Wales Fire & Rescue Service, for which it handles enforcement matters including an ongoing prosecution of a fire risk assessor in connection with the making of inadequate and insufficient fire risk assessments for professional clients. Martin Jones is overall head of the team and excels at at handling matters at the intersection of environment and health and safety.

At Morgan LaRoche, ‘calm and considered’ team head Andrew Manners has ‘vast experience’ in the care sector and often acts for care home providers in related health and safety, criminal enforcement and care standards investigation. Manners is also a member of the National Day Nursery Association’s Working Group, and is active in formulating responses on behalf of the early years sector to central government consultations.

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    I have been asked to cover the topic of Employment law within my half an hour speaking slot today. I have narrowed my subject down to Transfer of Undertakings and Discrimination, with the focus on providing an update on the recent spate of cases on service provision change and on the important developments in the law of age discrimination. Needless to say, in my presentation I shall not be able to cover the level of detail which is contained in my written paper, which I will leave you to read.
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