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Roy Tozer

Shoosmiths LLP

Work Department

Commercial - Dispute resolution and compliance


Roy is a partner who represents and defends companies which are being investigated or prosecuted by the regulatory authorities. The scope of work undertaken covers legal issues in relation to corporate manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, health and safety, product liability, bribery, corruption, fraud, trading standards, environmental health and food safety, corporate crime, money laundering, trading, FOIA and licensing matters. Roy works for a wide range of companies in a variety of sectors including oil and gas, construction, rail, manufacturing, retail, facilities management, health care, food, energy, sport, entertainment, warehousing, banking, pharmaceuticals and services. His significant health and safety cases include the Humber Refinery explosion in 2001 (ConocoPhillips), the Buncefield explosion in 2005 (Total), the Hillsborough investigation and many fatal accident investigations and prosecutions.


Birmingham City Council 1988-93 (training contract and then upon qualification an assistant solicitor); associate Edge & Ellison 1993-98; DLA Piper: partner 1998 to 2016.


Redruth, Cornwall; Sheffield (LLB 1987).

London: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Leading individuals

Roy Tozer - Shoosmiths LLP

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: Transport


Within: Rail

Shoosmiths LLP is regularly instructed by a range of rolling stock manufacturers, leasing companies and operators on matters including rolling stock procurement, ticketing, manufacture, supply, real estate, franchising, and health and safety issues. Porterbrook Leasing Company, East Midlands Trains and South West Trains are clients. Martin Fleetwood is experienced in light rail matters, Southampton-based Joanne McGuinness handles real estate matters in the rail sector and Roy Tozer in Birmingham handles health and safety issues. Ursula Gould has joined Addleshaw Goddard and former department head Chris McClure has joined Porterbrook Leasing Company.

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West Midlands: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Leading individuals

Roy Tozer - 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: 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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