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DLA Piper UK LLP’s team is headed by Teresa Hitchcock, who acts for a wide range of clients in the public sector. The team includes Stuart Ponting, who handles all contentious matters, and assisted McCalls Special Products with an investigation following a fatal accident in the client’s Sheffield factory.

Nabarro LLP’s ‘exceptionally strong’ department is headed by the ‘formidable’ Lukas Rootman. The team handles HSE prosecutions and investigations, as well as inquests.

A ‘leading firm in the area’, Pinsent Masons LLP’s department is led by director Sarah Taylor, who is singled out for her ‘unrivalled attention to detail’. Taylor primarily acts for clients in the retail and food sectors.

Addleshaw Goddard LLP provides a ‘comprehensive and highly effective service’ to clients in a wide range of industry sectors, including manufacturing, care home, retail and construction, as well as financial services. The ‘pragmatic’ Erin Shoesmith leads the team.

Chris Baranowski leads the team at DAC Beachcroft LLP, which regularly handles investigations involving corporate manslaughter and environmental offences. Tracey Longfield defends individuals and companies in criminal proceedings, and advises clients on HSE investigations following fatalities.

DWF’s team is headed by Paul Matthews, who advises on compliance, risk management and policy issues. Tristan Meears-White has joined Pannone Corporate LLP.

Eversheds LLP’s ‘impeccable’ practice is led by Kevin Elliott, whose client base includes Siemens, Nestle and Centrica. ‘Client-focused and strategic’ associate Paul Verrico is also recommended.

The ‘excellent’ team at Kennedys represents clients in the construction, manufacturing and healthcare sectors, among others. London-based Richard Crockford leads the team.

Jeff Swales heads the team at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP, which acts for clients in the environmental and renewable energy sectors. Andrew Oliver has particular expertise in health and safety issues in the shipping and transport sectors.

BLM’s ‘strong’ team specialises in construction, manufacturing and engineering matters. It is headed by the ‘excellentHenry Kirkup, who often advises clients on corporate manslaughter, HSE investigations and coroners’ inquests following deaths at work, in care homes or in custody. The ‘hugely experienced’ Richard Clarke is also recommended.

Clyde & Co LLP’s team is jointly led by ‘fearless advocateKirsty Gomersal, whose expertise includes environmental and health and safety litigation; and Newcastle-based James Thompson, who advises on risk management and environmental compliance issues.

Gordons LLP’s team is led by the ‘meticulous’ Dan Stowers, who regularly represents clients before regulators such as the HSE, Environmental Agency and Trading Standards.

Plexus Law’s ‘highly professional’ practice covers a wide range of health and safety matters, with particular expertise in corporate manslaughter prosecutions against companies and individuals. The ‘vastly experienced’ Anthony Baker leads the team and specialises in PACE interviews, inquests and Crown Court prosecutions.

Walker Morris LLP’s ‘strong’ team handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious health, safety and risk management matters, including fatal accidents, social care and food safety. Clients recommend the ‘extremely thorough’ Andrew Northage. Jeanette Burgess leads the team.

Weightmans’ ‘excellent’ team is headed by the ‘very brightDavid Lewis. Lewis represented Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust in litigation concerning the deaths of patients at Stafford Hospital between 2005 and 2014.

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