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Nigel Lyons

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Browne Jacobson LLP

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Insurance and public risk


Based in Exeter Nigel works within our regulatory team. With a criminal law background he has for many years specialised in all types of contentious regulatory advocacy. He has a particular emphasis on the agricultural sector, together with expertise in health and safety and environmental cases. Nigel prosecutes and defends. 

On the defence side, Nigel advises in all areas where fatal and non-fatal accidents result in criminal investigations. This can involve farms, factory sites, government and local authority properties, maritime incidents (both on and off shore) and all types of private and commercial premises.  Nigel’s experience allows him to advise in all areas including: 

  • Public and private sector where there are serious accidents and injuries. These could result in investigations by all types of government bodies including HSE, Environment Agency, BIS, DEFRA, HMRC to name but a few
  • Environmental pollution incidents
  • Complex historic criminal investigations
  • Local authority and CQC care home investigations
  • Civil aviation authority investigations
  • Defending companies and individuals facing fatal and serious road traffic investigations
  • Commercial retailers facing trading standards investigations for advertising breaches
  • Substantial commercial and individual fraud cases with linked proceeds of crime investigations
  • Public enquiries and linked road traffic haulage enquiries through the road traffic commissioner
  • Conducting all levels of advocacy in the Magistrates and Crown Courts as well as inquests and public enquiries

On the prosecution side Nigel has advised and represented government and public bodies in successfully prosecuting cases in the Magistrates and Crown Courts. Nigel works closely with government inspectors and officials in evidence preparation including advising interviews under caution and statement preparation. Nigel’s experience includes:

  •  Prosecuting for the Health and Safety Executive
  • Advising and representing various local councils in connection with the Localism Act 2011 and standards investigations


  • Foot Anstey LLP, 2002-2014


  • Solicitor – Higher Courts (Criminal Proceedings) Advocate
  • Admitted 1990
  • LLB(hons) Law 1986

South West: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Browne Jacobson LLP represents public and private sector organisations in relation to fatal and non-fatal accidents, including cases of causing death by careless driving. It also advises insurers, health trusts and public bodies with regards to inquests and regulatory investigations. Recent highlights include defending several public and private sector organsiations against asbestos claims with RIDDOR implications. The practice also represented representing an individual accused of a number of offences in relation to the management of a care home. Clients include Ageas, AIG, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, Cornish Mutual and Tesco Insurance. Andy Hopkin heads the department from Nottingham and is supported by Nigel Lyons, who is ‘a superb navigator’ and ‘a very hard worker who keeps his eye on the ball and produces the best possible results’. Dale Collins focuses on regulatory crime, environmental and food safety issues.

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