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Rod Hunt

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Clyde & Co LLP


Rod is a partner in Clyde & Co’s nationally recognised Safety, Security, Health and Environmental (SSHE) Regulatory team and his areas of expertise include:
• Health and safety
• Corporate and gross negligence manslaughter
• Environment
• Trading law
• Food safety
• Fire safety
• Transport
• Coroner’s inquests

Rod regularly represents individuals and businesses from all industry sectors under investigation – including at police interviews under caution – and prosecution by regulators such as the Health and Safety Executive, the Police, the Environment Agency, Trading Standards, the Office of Fair Trading, local authorities, and the Fire Service.

He is a regular presenter to industry and writes articles for the trade press.


  • Representing a leading utility company regarding a prosecution by the Office of Rail Regulation ("ORR") when one of its apprentice employees fell from a false ceiling. Rod persuaded the ORR and the Court the matter could be dealt with in the Magistrates' Court which avoided the increased adverse PR associated with the matter being committed to the Crown Court
  • Representing a world leading manufacturer following an explosion and subsequent fire at its site after an uncontrolled increase in temperature in a piece of its manufacturing equipment. Our advised approach to the case avoided an HSE investigation, and any subsequent enforcement action by the HSE and/or Fire and Rescue Service
  • Representing an international corporate regarding an appeal against a Prohibition Notice served following a contractor fatality after a fall from height during maintenance work at its site
  • Representing a FTSE 100 listed corporate following a nationally reported fatality at one of its sites, which attracted significant adverse PR. We persuaded the Police that no offences had been committed by our client, and were also able to persuade the Coroner there was no need for an Inquest which avoided the additional associated adverse PR
  • Representing a global telecommunications corporate regarding the appeal of a Statutory Notice served by the Local Authority regarding drilling operations for the laying of pipework both onshore and offshore in the UK. We successfully persuaded the local authority to withdraw the Notice without the need for a full Appeal Hearing in the Magistrates' Court
  • Instructed by the FTSE listed owner of a power station in relation to an EA investigation. We persuaded the EA to issue one of the lowest forms of enforcement action, for what was a serious incident involving the deposit and release of asbestos which, if prosecuted, could have resulted in a significant fine in the Crown Court and extremely damaging adverse publicity


Qualified 1998, Joined Clyde & Co 2009, Partner with Clyde & Co from 2010

London: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Clyde & Co LLP's 'genuinely excellent' practice is led by 'regulatory geniusChris Morrison in Manchester and includes Rod Hunt, who acts for clients in the energy, construction and manufacturing sectors; and legal director Mark Brookes. The department also saw substantial expansion in 2017 following the recruitment of multiple lawyers from Slater and Gordon including legal director Helen Simm, and was further bolstered by the recruitment of Jennette Newman and Jonathan Edwards from BLM in 2018. Recent highlights include representing Martin-Baker Aircraft Company in a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution relating to a fatal accident following the failure of a Red Arrows Pilots' ejection seat, acting for Realm Properties as manufacturer in an investigation relating to the death of a child after a queue barrier fell on its head, and acting for SR & RJ Brown in a corporate manslaughter prosecution regarding a fall from a work-at-height project in a working quarry. Airbus, Sports Direct, Axa and Aldi are also clients.

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North West: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Clyde & Co LLP   is a ‘major player in the North West’. Department head Chris Morrison  is ‘possessed of excellent judgement and works like a Trojan’. Mark Brookes  is a ‘phenomenal lawyer, incredibly hardworking and with great nous’. Rod Hunt  is ‘well regarded’ and Helen Simm  joined the team as a legal director from Slater and Gordon . Highlights included representing a leading ejection seat manufacturing company in relation to a HSE prosecution arising out of a fatal accident involving a Red Arrows pilot. Other key clients include Airbus, Mitie Group, NFU Mutual, RBS/Natwest and RSA.

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North West: Real estate

Planning and environment

Within: Leading individuals

Rod Hunt - Clyde & Co LLP

Within: Planning and environment

Clyde & Co LLP’s ‘specialist’ team is ‘outstanding’ across the full range of environmental matters; and the team is regularly instructed on environmental issues in relation to corporate and property transactions, emission trading schemes, renewable energy, climate change, contaminated land, nature and habitat conservation, oil spills, rig fires and explosions, environmental crime, planning and licencing, asbestos, air pollution, environmental taxes, and waste management. Rod Hunt, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable’, and Chris Morrison, who is ‘able to mix client-care with attention to his cases’, head the department. Jason Bleasdale is experienced in environmental issues related to the insurance sector. Legal director Helen Simm, who is an ‘experienced litigator’ recently joined from Slater and Gordon, as did senior associate Anna Willetts, who has ‘a very deep knowledge of environmental regulation’.

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