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Roy Tozer heads the department at DLA Piper UK LLP and specialises in corporate manslaughter, product liability and environmental health. Charles Arrand is another key contact and focuses on food hygiene, trading and consumer law, and product safety.

Eversheds LLP’s clients includes Siemens plc, Nestlé and HS2. The team, which provides ‘first-class support in all areas’, represented Sir Robert McAlpine following the death of a contractor at a shopping centre, and Greenwood Forest Park following a fatal accident from a zip wire. Kevin Elliott heads the department

A key mandate for Gowling WLG in 2015 was representing a building materials company following the death of an employee. Andrew Litchfield and Susan Dearden are joint heads of the department.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s health and safety practice has particular strength in the infrastructure arena, where it acts for a range of construction companies. The practice covers the full spectrum of work in this area, from high-profile workplace fatalities to non-contentious advisory matters. Glasgow-based Laura Cameron heads the department and Sean Elson is recommended.

A superb service and very efficient’ is how clients describe the team at BLM, which has worked with clients such as Stafford Borough Council, Allianz Insurance and Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance. Bob Davies gives ‘reliable and well-thought-out advice’, and Helen Devery heads the department.

Bevan Brittan LLP represents clients in the public, private and third sectors and delivers an ‘impressive level of professionalism and judgement’. Adam Kendall heads the department.

The ‘excellentDAC Beachcroft LLP acts for insurers and private sector clients, with Andrew Roach heading the Birmingham team. A recent highlight for the practice was obtaining a favourable outcome for a client in a HSE investigation, in which an employee suffered life-changing injuries when a vessel exploded during pressure testing.

DWF’s practice has a focus on the energy, construction, transport and real estate sectors. David Egan and Caroline Coates head the practice.

Gateley Plc’s department head Ruth Armstrong has a strength in the construction and manufacturing sectors, and represents clients such as Taylor Wimpey, Bovis Homes and Wastecycle Ltd. Kate Oliver and Pauline Munro joined from Thomas Horton LLP and Pinsent Masons LLP, respectively.

Higgs & Sons’ department has a strength in the food industry, and advises a number of national supermarket chains in relation to food hygiene and general health and safety. Department head David Hetherington and Catherine Junor are key contacts.

Kennedys’ team advised Merlin Entertainment regarding the HSE investigation into an accident that occurred on a ride at Alton Towers theme park. Richard Crockford heads the team, and James Shrimpton is recommended.

Shoosmiths LLP acts for clients in the automotive, healthcare, construction and retail sectors. The department heads are Ron Reid, Philip Ryan and Hayley Saunders.

Weightmans LLP’s team represented an insurer regarding the death of a member of the public which occurred during a refurbishment. Practice head Chris Green led on that matter. David Lewis heads the national team.

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