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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Jon Cooper

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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Regulatory and environment.


Jon is a partner specialising in health, safety and environment, whose work covers not only prosecution and enforcement action but also advisory work in relation to risk management, health and safety policies and due diligence in corporate transactions including advice on all aspects of health and safety. Jon’s practice encompasses all aspects of contentious and non-contentious health, safety and environmental issues including advising on formal investigations and prosecutions, advising on appeals against Notices and dealing with judicial review proceedings relating to health, safety and environmental issues. He regularly appears as an advocate before the criminal Courts and employment tribunals on health and safety matters. He also advises on formal investigations and Boards of Inquiry. He advises clients in the private and public sector, including on formal investigations by the Environment Agency and local authorities, criminal investigations and defending prosecutions, statutory nuisance proceedings on behalf of local authorities and others and advising on judicial review relating to environmental issues, particular in the nuclear industry. Jon and his team have been involved in many of the leading health, safety and environmental cases in recent years. He sits on the editorial Board of Lexis Nexis Health and Safety at Work magazine.


Solicitor, Bond Pearce 1984; partner, Bond Pearce 1989; partner, Bond Dickinson on merger 2013;  partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination 2017.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing


Within: Licensing

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP  lost its practice head Ewen MacGregor in February 2018, when he left to join the regulatory and licensing practice at Gregg Latchams LLP in Bristol. The firm's key clients include Gala Leisure, Ambassador’s Theatre Group and Racing Post. The team also provides a full alcohol and gambling offering across England, Scotland and Wales, and frequently advises online gaming operators on various licensing matters. Key contacts are Jon Cooper and Stuart Wardlaw, who are both partners in the firm's regulatory group.

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London: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Leading individuals

Jon Cooper - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Within: Health and safety

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's 'extremely effective' team has 'first-class response times, clarity of advice and appropriateness of communication' leading to a 'well-deserved reputation in the field'. The group's expertise spans HSE investigations and prosecutions, judicial reviews and compliance issues. Jon Cooper and Stuart Wardlaw jointly lead the national team; clients praise Cooper as an 'outstanding solicitor whose attention to detail and tactical insight are second to none'. Recent mandates include assisting the HSE with the ongoing investigation and prosecutions arising from the fatal Pembroke Oil Refinery explosions, acting for Carlsberg in a HSE investigation following an ammonia gas leak at its brewery, and representing Squibb Group in a HSE prosecution relating to the alleged exposure of employees to asbestos during a school refurbishment. Babcock International Group, Sainsbury's Supermarkets and B&Q are also clients.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Debt recovery

Within: Debt recovery

From pre-claim actions through to enforcement, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP provides comprehensive debt recovery advice to its large national and FTSE corporate clients. Gareth Kagan leads the debt recovery group and advises a pensions investor on a wide range of overpayment debt collections. Kagan also acted alongside regulatory lawyer Jon Cooper in connection with a case concerning the recovery of costs under the control of major accident hazards regulations. Stephen Dilley assists clients in the financial services sector with various seven-figure asset recovery matters. B&Q, British Gas, LV= and The Agricultural Mortgage Company are among the department’s major corporate clients.

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South West: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP¬†provides operational and enforcement advice in relation to identification of risks, strategic board-level advice, corporate governance, risk management, reputational issues and matters relating to international operations. The practice acted for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on the ongoing investigation and possible prosecutions arising from the explosions at Pembroke Oil Refinery in June 2011. It also acted for Carlsberg in a case arising from fatality and several serious injuries resulting from a leak of ammonia gas at one of its brewery locations. The firm has also been instructed by HSE in relation to its prosecution of Western Power Distribution, advising on expert evidence, disclosure and liaison with the police in relation to an employee fatality. Team head¬†Jon Cooper¬†is ‚Äėone of the leading practitioners in the field‚Äô and is ‚Äėan excellent tactician‚Äô. He is supported by Womble Bond Dickinson, who specialises in the waste, construction, energy and manufacturing sectors.

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South West: Real estate


Within: Environment

‚ÄėResponsive, pragmatic and technically sound‚Äô, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP¬†provides a range of contentious and non-contentious environmental advice to clients in the oil and gas, waste, minerals and transport sectors. Managing associate Stephen Panton¬†represented a major client of the team in an Environment Agency prosecution relating to a chemical spill allegedly responsible for the death of a large fish population. In the non-contentious space, the team often handles the environmental aspects of infrastructure development. Indeed, legal director¬†Sarah Holmes¬†advised a consortium of local authorities on the environmental assessments related to the reopening of passenger train services from Bristol to Portishead. Holmes is also noted for her ‚Äėextensive knowledge of waste-related legislation‚Äô. Group head Jon Cooper¬†has defended corporates in matters ranging from an oil spill to noise pollution. The Crown Estate, Network Rail Infrastructure and Shell UK are among the team‚Äôs key clients.

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