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DLA Piper UK LLP

1 ST PAUL'S PLACE, SHEFFIELD, S1 2JX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 02073 490 296
Fax:
Fax 0114 270 0568
DX:
708580 SHEFFIELD-10
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Web:
www.dlapiper.com

Teresa Hitchcock

Tel:
Work 0114 283 3302
Email:
DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Litigation & Regulatory

Position

A senior regulator in Local Government before qualifying as a solicitor, Teresa is a partner and the national head of the firm's UK Safety Health and Environment team.. With a diverse client base, she regularly advises international businesses but also government departments, not-for-profit organisations and local authorities. Key areas of Teresa's recent practice have included regeneration projects, climate change law, the impact of conservation law on industrial operations, allocation of regulatory liabilities in corporate transactions, and legal compliance projects. She has also defended clients against statutory remediation proceedings, civil litigation, and a number of major health and safety investigations.

Career

Trained DLA Piper; qualified 1993; partner 1995 to date.

Member

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health; Law Society; UKELA; board Member of the Sheffield University Management School; board member of the Jon Van Geist Cancer Charity.

Education

Ripley Technical School (Environmental Health and Science Degree (MIEH DIP)); Nottingham Trent (Diploma in Health and Safety, LLB (Hons)).

Leisure

Equestrian, netball, ski club.


London: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Leading individuals

Teresa Hitchcock  - DLA Piper

Within: Health and safety

DLA Piper runs the gamut of health and safety work, advising an impressive roster of household name clients. National head Teresa Hitchcock divides her time between Sheffield and London, and is well known for her work in construction and manufacturing. John Gollaglee works across the firm's Manchester and Liverpool offices and is an expert contentious matters, particularly relating to corporate manslaughter. Newly promoted partner Alastair Clough similarly splits his time between Sheffield and London and is notably strong in advising on health and safety issues concerning transactions. Legal director Ailish Oxenforth is also recommended.

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London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant

Within: Product liability: defendant

The team at DLA Piper is well versed in advising clients on product compliance, regulatory and product safety matters, recalls, investigations and transactional projects covering multiple jurisdictions. The group is instructed by retail, home appliance, and pharmaceutical companies, among others. Teresa Hitchcock in Sheffield leads the firm's safety, health and environment team; she is experienced in assisting clients with a variety of matters, including labelling and product withdrawals. Alastair Clough, who is also based in Sheffield, advises on regulatory and healthcare matters.

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London: Real estate

Environment

Within: Environment

DLA Piper specialises in applications for premises licences and environmental litigation, including the defence of environmental prosecutions, as well as in environmental compliance issues in relation to real estate and lender transactions. The firm is also experienced in advising on recycling, waste diversion and the environmentally friendly transportation of dangerous goods, and assists with the legal protection of the client’s reputation after incidents. Sheffield-based Teresa Hitchcock regularly advises industrial organisations on compliance issues and the reduction of environmental liabilities.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing

Within: Licensing

DLA Piper UK LLP's Sheffield-based practice counts institutional clients, commercial operators, educational institutions, cinema chains, restaurants, hotels, casinos and sports stadiums as clients on a national and international level. The team handles pure licensing work while also assisting the firm's corporate due diligence department with the licensing elements of wider corporate transactions. Former regulator Teresa Hitchcock leads the group, which also includes newly promoted partner Alastair Clough.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Leading individuals

Teresa Hitchcock - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Health and safety

DLA Piper UK LLP's safety, health and environment group is instructed by an impressive client roster which includes several national and international corporates, which it assists with a range of matters spanning compliance advice, risk management and high-profile contentious matters. Teresa Hitchcock has a breadth of health and safety experience, particularly in the manufacturing, construction and industrial sectors alongside public sector expertise. Recently promoted partner Alastair Clough and associate Eddy Steele handle non-contentious and contentious matters respectively, while legal director Ailish Oxenforth assists with a broad range of instructions.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Projects, energy and natural resources (including PFI)

Energy

Within: Energy

DLA Piper UK LLP leverages the firm's global capacity to handle local, national and international energy projects across the wind, solar, energy-from-waste, oil and gas, energy storage and smart metering sectors, including developments, investments, acquisitions, disposals and financing work. The team also has notable experience in corporate power purchase agreements. Renewable energy expert Natasha Luther-Jones is global co-chair of the firm's energy and natural resources group and Teresa Hitchcock focuses on regulatory issues and climate change work. Andrew Batterton handles property and planning-related issues, legal director Laura Gordon is a key name for project finance matters. Ben Peecock was made up in the firm's 2019 partnership round.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Environment

Within: Leading individuals

Teresa Hitchcock - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Environment

With a strong presence in all areas of environmental law, DLA Piper UK LLP handles environmental litigation and prosecutions, transactional matters, compliance issues, waste-related work and regulatory mandates. The department also includes specialists in climate change, emissions and product stewardship. Highly regarded practice head Teresa Hitchcock handles contaminated land issues, nuisance disputes, climate change law and regeneration projects. Newly promoted partner Alastair Clough leads the transactional element of the practice.

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  • 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.‚Ä©
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