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John Gollaglee

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DLA Piper LLP (US)




John Gollaglee, Partner Corporate Crime and Investigations has extensive experience in all aspects of investigations into, and the prosecution of, contentious corporate crime particularly bribery and corruption, dishonesty, corporate killing, breach of statutory duties and  a wide spectrum of regulations. John advises large organisations across the sectors in the most challenging of circumstances where managing the legal process and minimising reputational impact are of paramount importance. He also undertakes corporate support through internal investigations into alleged wrong doing and whistle blower reports.

London: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

DLA Piper's 'market-leading team' leverages its national footprint to advise domestic and international clients including Tata Steel and Airbus Helicopters; the team is representing the latter in a fatal accident inquiry relating to a helicopter crash in which 10 people died. Sheffield-based team head Teresa Hitchcock 'deserves her recognition as the best health and safety lawyer in the UK' with a 'candid, precise and personable approach'; she assisted Keller Group with the development of its global health and safety guide. Other key names include Manchester-based John Gollaglee, who focuses on contentious regulatory issues; legal director Ailish Oxenforth in Sheffield, who handles non-contentious and advisory work; and newly promoted partner Alastair Clough, who is recommended for transactional matters.

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London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant

Within: Product liability: defendant

At DLA Piper UK LLP Teresa Hitchcock led the team advising Arconic on the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry, which implicated a material it manufactured that was used to form the external cladding panels. She also acts for Bacardi-Martini on product liability claims and labelling matters in the EU. John Gollaglee leads the team in the North West of England and is also recommended. Other recent work includes acting for Airwair on the product recall of its Dr. Martens Vegan range of boots, and representing Hewlett-Packard in claims related to ink products. The firm also acts for Newell Rubbermaid, an industrial products manufacturer, on marketing claims, promotional advertisements and packaging requirements in relation to healthcare and cosmetic products.

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Leading individuals

John Gollaglee - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Crime: general

At DLA Piper UK LLP, department head John Gollaglee has extensive experience in all aspects of investigations and the prosecution of contentious corporate crime such as corruption, corporate killing, dishonesty and tax evasion. The team routinely acts for companies and their senior management in the most complex matters both locally, nationally and internationally. Examples of its cross-border capabilities have included advising a UK-based company on its anti-bribery and compliance programme in China. Other key members of the team include consultant Richard Smyth  and senior associate James Moss .

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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