Hall Of Fame

Next Generation Partners

Health and safety in East Anglia

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP's team has extensive cross-industry experience in the defence of serious health and safety matters, including disasters and cases involving multiple fatalities. Many fee-earners in the regulatory and corporate defence practice have trained and worked as HSE inspectors. The team frequently handles disputes in the leisure and tourism, retail, aviation and construction industries. Ipswich-based Matthew Gowen leads the practice, assisted by June 2022-promoted partner Julie Gowland in Norwich and legal director Daniel Irving in Ipswich; all three are qualified barristers.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Gowen

Other key lawyers:

Julie Gowland; Daniel Irving

Gotelee Solicitors

Gotelee Solicitors' team in Ipswich 'offers a highly experienced, skilled and thoughtful service' to its clients. Experienced criminal litigation specialist Hugh Rowland ‘shows discretion and is sensitive to clients’ needs'. Rowland's work encompasses all aspects of criminal law and he has built up a national reputation in regulatory matters over the course of his career. It is noted that 'theirs is the premiere criminal defence service in East Anglia', which extends to encompass their health and safety work.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Rowland


‘Gotelee did not put myself or my information at risk; Hugh Rowland had discretion and was sensitive to our needs as a family.’

‘Gotelee focuses on the provision of excellent service to a demanding clientele of individuals and corporates who have found themselves under criminal or regulatory investigation. They offer a highly experienced, skilled and thoughtful service.’

‘There is no doubt that theirs is the premiere criminal defence service in East Anglia. This extends to health and safety work.’

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP‘s health and safety practice is known for providing ‘excellent client service, good communication and a commercial approach‘. It handles work from many sectors, among them, construction, manufacturing and healthcare and education; it is especially well-regarded for its work in the minerals and extractives sector. Robert Starr, who ‘achieves outstanding results with excellent client care’, is the key partner and 'star individual' in Cambridge. Alan Millband is an experienced litigator based predominantly in Leicester who frequently works in the Norwich office.

Practice head(s):

Alan Millband; Robert Starr


‘Excellent client service, good communication and a commercial approach.’

‘Robert Starr is a star individual in health and safety, achieving outstanding results with excellent client care.’

‘The firm has a wide-range of expertise across sectors, which compliment one another.’

‘Robert Starr is a very able and experienced regulatory solicitor. His lengthy experience gives him a real advantage in those areas where health and safety overlaps with other disciplines such as healthcare, food and drink and agriculture. He is also a very good choice as a man who puts his client at the centre of the case and has a very agreeable manner.’

‘The team at Howes Percival are extremely competent and knowledgeable in respect to health and safety law.’

‘Alan Millband is extremely knowledgeable, helpful and offers clear practical guidance in ensuring our business remains legally compliant and protected.’

Key clients

Citation Limited

AHR Employment and Safety Services Ltd

Hamilton Deed

Anchor Hanover Group