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Hayley Saunders

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Shoosmiths LLP

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Hayley is a specialist regulatory criminal defence lawyer advising leading companies, directors and individuals on all aspects of regulatory compliance across a range of sectors including retail, food, manufacturing and construction. Her extensive experience includes investigations and prosecutions in areas as diverse as corporate and gross negligence manslaughter; health and safety; fire safety; inquests; waste management and environmental matters; trading standards; food safety; advertising compliance and sales promotions; and anti-bribery legislation. Hayley advises at all stages of the criminal investigation including crisis management; interviews under caution; appeals against enforcement notices and conducts her own advocacy in the criminal and Coroners’ courts. Significant cases include Alton Towers rollercoaster accident (mechanical engineer), Sterecycle manslaughter prosecution (Assistant Site Manager) Barrow in Furness Legionnaires Disease outbreak (Gillian Beckingham).


Qualified at Greenwood - 2005; Greenwoods – 2003 to 2007; Shoosmiths – 2007 to date year made partner in present firm: 2016


Health and Safety Lawyers Association, UKELA, Food Law Group


Downham Market High School, Norfolk; Northampton University (LLB Hons) 2002;De Montfort University, Leicester (LPC) 2003


Tennis, running, cooking

London: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Shoosmiths LLP has 'a very strong team, which punches above its weight' and is 'building on the reputations of its market leading practitioners' - team head Roy Tozer and Charles Arrand; Tozer is 'the king of the health and safety world' and Arrand has 'buckets of experience forged over many years making him one of the country's best regulatory lawyers'. Recent highlights for Tozer include representing a contractor in an investigation following an injury during a tower block refurbishment project and acting for a large retailer in multiple workplace accident investigations. Philip Ryan and Hayley Saunders are also recommended.

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London: Public sector


Within: Healthcare

Shoosmiths LLP 's team act for care providers, healthcare professionals and pharmacy groups in  corporate and M&A transactions, regulatory matters and take on advocacy work in contentious cases and inquiries. Corporate partner Paul Batchelor leads the team which includes Hayley Saunders , who focuses on  representing clients in contentious proceedings relating to CQC breaches and at inquests; she is also currently involved in a complex Article 2 inquest regarding the care provided to a young adult with severe learning disabilities. Key highlights for the team include assisting Lighthouse Healthcare Group on the group’s sale to Elysium Healthcare valued at £45m and advising PD Neurotechnology with cutting edge wearable technology to help with the treatment of Alzheimer’s.

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West Midlands: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Leading individuals

Hayley Saunders - Shoosmiths LLP

Within: Health and safety

Shoosmiths LLP  works on high profile health and safety cases, with a client roster that includes IKEA,  Calor Gas and Lifeways. Roy Tozer leads the team and recently defended a principal contractor whose sub contractor fell from a significant height while working on the refurbishment of a tower block.  Hayley Saunders  is also a key figure and recently advised the site manager of Westgreen Construction whose window frames fell and killed a member of the public in Hanover Square. Senior associate Claire Morrissey joined from DLA Piper UK LLP  in 2017 and has significant expertise in dealing with inquiries and investigations.

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West Midlands: Real estate


Within: Next generation lawyers

Hayley Saunders - Shoosmiths LLP

Within: Environment

In¬†Shoosmiths LLP‚Äôs Birmingham office, Roy Tozer¬†handles contentious work such as Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales investigations. Hayley Saunders¬†is also a key contact ‚Äď she handles cross-border matters, as well as renewable energy regulation work and planning enforcement notice appeals. Clients include Final Mile Recycling, Volkswagen Group and Extra Motorway Services.

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