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    • Andrew Brammer - Cartwright King

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The ‘first-class’ team at Browne Jacobson LLP is a ‘dominant force’ in the market, impressing with its ‘in-depth knowledge of this specialist field’ and ‘excellent response times’. The ‘formidable’ team stands out for its focus on the public and education sectors, but also acts for an impressive list of private sector clients. Key areas of expertise include advising local authorities on fatal and non-fatal accidents, acting for fire services in relation to inquests and fatal accidents resulting in investigations from the police and the Health and Safety Authority, and assisting newly converted academies with health and safety matters ranging from fire and asbestos issues to the management of contractors upon the premises. On the private sector side, the group regularly acts for insurers, in particular in relation to road traffic accidents, but also advises businesses on health and safety policies and documentation. Practice head Andrew Hopkin recently advised the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority on the successful investigation and prosecution of a local freeholder for fire safety offences. ‘Superb’ associate barrister Carl May-Smith is also recommended. Other clients include the Nottinghamshire & City of Nottingham Fire Authority, Mitsui and Liberty.

Cartwright King’s ‘excellent’ and ‘dedicated team leaves no stone unturned’ and offers a ‘comprehensive’ service to regional, national and international clients from a vast array of sectors. The group's strong track record spans fatal accident investigations, health and safety compliance and due diligence, and proceedings before the Coroner’s Court, the Employment Tribunal and the Magistrates’, Crown and High Court. The recent caseload shows an uptick in construction-related instructions regarding the management and handling of hazardous substances such as asbestos and lead as well as an increase in appeals against enforcement notices issued by the Health and Safety Executive. ‘Highly experienced and impressively robust’ practice head Andrew Brammer is known for his ‘tactical astuteness’ and ‘excellent attention to detail’.

The ‘top-bracket’ team at  Howes Percival LLP handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious health and safety regulatory work, with particular expertise in the manufacturing and minerals products, healthcare, care homes and domicilary care sectors, as well as in the food and drink and retail sectors. Practice head Alan Millband ‘has vast experience’ and ‘is a very safe pair of hands for both advisory and litigation work’. Poundstretcher and Capita Property Infrastructure are clients.

Weightmans LLP acts for a mix of private and public sector clients as well as individuals, with notable expertise in advising on the consequences of adverse incidents and work-related accidents. Investigations brought by the Health and Safety Executive, police, Office of Rail Regulation and local authorities are a core area of expertise, especially pertaining to rail construction, machinery, gas explosion, asbestos and manslaughter cases – all strengths of practice head Chris Green, who splits his time between the Leicester and Birmingham offices. In a recent highlight, Green led the team representing the project manager of a construction company who was charged with Gross Negligence Manslaugther and breach of section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 after a window frame fell onto and killed a passerby, ultimately obtaining a full acquittal for the client. Clients include Staffordshire County Council.

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    The amount that pension schemes have to pay to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) for the year 2006/07 may have increased by as much as five times the previous year's levy. Employers who ultimately bear the cost of many pension schemes will need to make plans now to ensure the levy payable for the year 2008/09 is kept to a minimum.
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