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Vikki heads up the firm's national Road Haulage & Logistics group as well as leading the North West Regulatory, Compliance & Investigations team. She specialises in health and safety defence work, road transport law, education, care regulation and abuse work. Vikki has vast experience in crisis management and working on the most serious and high profile fatality matters.




Vikki was part of the team who secured the first ever acquittal following a trial for Corporate Manslaughter, R v Ward 2014.
She has worked on a number of high profile child and baby fatality cases in schools and nurseries and has significant experience in crisis management and highly emotive cases.
She is often praised for her robust and relentless pursuit of the defence of her clients. 

Vikki started a transport regulatory team at DWF which has grown significantly with that team ranked as leaders across a number of directories.




University of Sheffield

London: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

DWF's 'excellent' department is 'a go-to team for high-profile and complex cases' with recent mandates including Hilary Ross leading advise to the Motor Sports Association in a Fatal Accident Inquiry relating to the death's of spectators at two motor rallies held in Scotland, and transport specialist Vikki Woodfine advising Wincanton on legal compliance issues including protocol development. Booker Group, Arcadia Group and Marks & Spencer are also clients. Ross and retail, food and hospitality expert Dominic Watkins jointly lead the London group, while Manchester-based Steffan Groch heads the firm's regulatory team and advises companies, directors and managers on HSE prosecutions and handles corporate manslaughter issues.

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North West


Within: Transport

The transport sector at DWF is organised into subsectors dealing with automotive, marine and trade, road haulage and logistics as well as rail. Vikki Woodfine heads the regulatory team and is the international head of the road haulage and logistics sub sector. Woodfine is adept at advising on a broad range of matters from operator licensing, clandestine entrants/vehicle seizures/smuggling to representing companies and individuals facing CPS/HSE prosecutions following serious incidents. The firm also boasts a team of motor fraud experts. The group has an impressive roster of clients such as First Group, Booker, Ageas Insurance and Insure-the-Box.

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North West: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

DWF¬†¬† regularly acts in cases following major incidents and involving corporate manslaughter, fatalities and very serious injuries. The team has particular sector expertise in the energy, retail, transport, education, healthcare and construction sectors as well as in hotel and leisure, local authority and manufacturing. Key clients include Persimmon Group, Hovis, Wincanton, Fusion Insurance Services and Booker plc. Vikki Woodfine¬† and Steffan Groch¬† are well regarded. The ‚Äėsolid‚Äô team is currently representing Landor Cartons and its finance director in an investigation into the death of a contractor at the client‚Äôs premises following a fall through a fragile roof. In this matter the HSE is now investigating serious health and safety failings.

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