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Browne Jacobson LLP largely acts for public bodies, such as local authorities and health trusts, but also advises private companies. The department occupies a prominent place in the contentious sphere, handling sensitive inquests, corporate manslaughter investigations and matters arising from fatal and non-fatal accidents on industrial premises, construction sites, farms and other workplaces. On the non-contentious side, the team advises clients on risk management strategy and compliance, including cases involving asbestos, pyrotechnics and biological risks. Practice head Andrew Hopkin, together with the ‘very knowledgeable’ Carl May-Smith and ‘attentive and thorough’ barrister Laura Hackney, acted for the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service in a prosecution brought against Brookholme Croft for fire safety offences and the death of a care home resident in a fire. In other work, Nottinghamshire & City of Nottingham Fire Authority instructed the group in a prosecution against Gia Kamali for fire safety offences; the firm handled the investigation through to the trial. The team also assisted Chesterfield Borough Council with the prosecution of St Helen’s Public House and its director for various health and safety offences following a death of a customer. Stephanie McGarry is also recommended.

Cartwright King houses an ‘impressive’ team of ‘true specialists’, assisting corporate clients and individuals subjected to prosecutions and investigations arising from fatal and non-fatal workplace accidents. The group also conducts appeals against HSE enforcement notices and responds to claims arising from product liability complaints. On the contentious side, it represented a company and its director in a HSE investigation and is currently managing a workplace fatality investigation for a specialist engineering company. Non-contentious highlights included drafting compliance and risk management strategies for companies in the industrial and automotive sectors. The ‘polished, responsive and reliable’ Andrew Brammer is a ‘real listener, who readily distils the paramount issues in any case’. Renowned criminal defence lawyer Sundeep Soor and Louise O’Driscoll are also recommended. Sarbjit Bisla joined BLM.

At Howes Percival LLP, ‘very strong and experienced’ practice head Alan Millband has ‘credentials of the highest calibre’, suitable for the ‘largest and most serious cases’. The group is particularly active in the manufacturing, mineral products and retail sectors, defending companies in litigation, guiding through investigations and advising on long-term risk management strategy. It is assisting a health and safety services provider with challenging a HSE enforcement action and supported the sole proprietor of a manufacturing business throughout an investigation and prosecution arising from a fatal workplace accident. Millband represented a medical professional in an investigation over alleged manslaughter by gross negligence and is assisting an industrial manufacturer with a HSE investigation into a non-fatal workplace accident. Other recent work included acting for the manager of a care home in an investigation following a fatal injury sustained by one of the residents.

Weightmans LLP acts for companies, individuals and local authorities in a range of investigations, inquests, prosecutions and non-contentious matters. Chris Green, who splits his time between Leicester and Birmingham, represented the project manager of a refurbishment project in Mayfair in the high-profile prosecution pertaining to a bystander being crushed by a replacement window frame on a building site. He was also instructed by Mansfield District Council to prosecute the owner and manager of a care home following an elderly occupier’s fall to death down an unlit fire escape staircase without a handrail. Other local authority instructions saw the group act for Staffordshire County Council in a case arising from the discovery of dangerous levels of toxic formaldehyde gas inside a school building, caused by a hazardous substance used to strengthen the flooring.


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