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Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP has one of the largest UK health and safety practices by volume of work and breadth of industries, with its clientbase almost equally split between corporates and insurers. The cases the firm undertakes involve fatalities and catastrophic injuries, often in the manufacturing, energy, and construction sectors.  While the national reduction in court proceedings due to COVID-19 did impact the team, advisory instructions increased significantly, with the firm providing compliance advice to clients in historically low risk sectors. The team is led by Chris Morrison,  supported by health and safety criminal enforcement specialist Rod Hunt. Mark Brookes is a solicitor of choice for blue-chip clients, SMEs and individuals seeking advice in relation to fatalities and serious injuries across a range of industrial sectors. Associates Stephenie Lunt and Alan Kells are praised for their 'diligence' and recommended by their peers.

Practice head(s):

Chris Morrison

Other key lawyers:

Rod Hunt; Mark Brookes; Roger Cartwright; Alan Kells; Stephanie Lunt

Key clients

Airbus

Beaufort Maintenance Ltd

Natwest/RBS

RSA

AXA

Aviva

Work highlights

  • Representing Beaufort Maintenance Ltd, specialist conveyor contractors, in respect of the Police/HSE investigation following the Avonmouth waste treatment plant explosion of December 2020 which killed 4 workers.
  • Advised Chapman & Sons in relation to the successful acquittal of food business and directors before Durham Crown Court linked to a fatal salmonella outbreak and representation at associated Coroners Inquests.
  • Advising Natwest/RBS Mentor( one of the largest Health & Safety Consultancies in the UK) in relation to regulatory investigation, enforcement notice appeals and prosecutions in the criminal courts.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a strong reputation for advising organisations under investigation for corporate manslaughter, health and safety offences and environmental offences. As such, the team's sector expertise encompasses construction and manufacturing; healthcare and public sector; retail and rail/transport. The practice is co-led by Colin Moore and Fiona Gill. Moore often acts for companies and/or individuals prosecuted for manslaughter, fatal/serious workplace accidents, and fire safety. Gill advises on a range of regulatory matters, in addition to offering guidance on compliance issues and managing incidents. Overall, the team maintains a good balance of defence and advisory work in health and safety and related practices. Rising star Claire Moore also acts for clients across the firm's core sectors.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Gill; Colin Moore

Other key lawyers:

Claire Moore

Testimonials

‘Very good listening skills and offer advice in a sympathetic and practical manner. ‘

‘The team have great depth of experience regarding the issues that my organisation has sought advice.’

‘All those that we have dealt with have been very professional and very helpful indeed.’

‘Approachable and professional at a practical level to ensure best results for their client and willing to support other parties where able to do so on a mutual basis.’

‘Claire Moore was excellent. She provided excellent support, explained the process and coroners approach throughout, and this provided the platform to be able to give clear and informed instructions.’

‘Very thorough and detail oriented. Concerned to keep the client informed and part of the decision making process.’

‘Fiona Gill and Colin Moore go above and beyond. They are willing to question whether the usual way of doing things is the right approach for their clients.’

‘The team’s strength is its ability to think imaginatively about difficult and complex issues.’

 

Key clients

Rydon Maintenance Ltd

Howdens Joinery Co

Priory Group

HDIG

Robinson & Birdsel

Work highlights

  • Acting for Rydon Maintenance Ltd  in relation to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and ongoing Metropolitan Police Investigation.
  • Acting for Robinson and Birdsell in relation to ongoing police and HSE investigation following the collapse of a boiler house during demolition works, which resulted in 4 deaths and serious injuries to others.

DWF

DWF's health & safety team covers all aspects of the field, offering compliance advice and litigation expertise nationally. The firm's regulatory practice includes enforcement defence, judicial review cases, as well as working with the government to support changes in the law. Steffan Groch and Dominic Watkins lead the the group, with Watkins a member of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Better Regulation panel. Key sectors for the team include food/retail, energy, transport, and construction/manufacturing, with the firm maintaining a equal split of insurer/ large corporate clients. Hilary Ross' expertise is primarily in strategy planning for large corporates, and she has a record of successfully keeping her clients from prosecution.  Ross also sits on the BEIS Better Regulation panel.

Practice head(s):

Steffan Groch; Dominic Watkins

Other key lawyers:

Hilary Ross

Testimonials

‘Outstanding team with great experience of major cases.’

‘DWF are one of the market-leading firms in this competitive field.’

‘They have a great deal of expertise across the range of regulatory, criminal and inquest work, including health and safety, product safety and food safety.’

‘Simon Belfield is a joy to work with; brilliant at organising and supporting a team’

They really get to know the business, its operation, the how and what.’

‘The expertise available in the subject area is second to none.’

‘Dominic Watkins is very impressive, handling extremely high profile food safety and health and safety cases. He is tenacious, looking to put his client on the front foot wherever he can.’

‘Steffan Groch has an incredible dedication to client service.’

Key clients

Arcadia

Booker Plc

C&C Group Plc

William Morrisons Plc

Lidl (UK) GmB

M&S Plc

Chelsea & Westminster Council

Costa Coffee

RSA

NFU Mutual

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea on the morning of 14 June 2017 following the fire at Grenfell Tower, which tragically caused 71 fatalities. Lawyers across DWF’s national team were assembled to support the client during one of the most complex and high profile safety cases for a generation.
  • Advising a supermarket on all aspects of its COVID strategy to ensure the safety of its employees and customers and ensure the measures met the different laws and guidance across the UK.
  • Defending Arcadia in relation to the fatal accident of a child in a Topshop store.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's health and safety team is known for its wide sector expertise, which supplies an integrated environmental, health & safety offering. Led by Tim Hill and Kevin Elliott, the practice is both proactive and reactive; providing development, behavioural and compliance consultancy products and regulatory defence work for clients. The team has a broad range of expertise given the firm's significant national and international presence. Elliott has extensive experience in high-profile disaster responses, and provides strategic advise to a number of high profile organisations. Hill's practice is predominantly high-hazard industries, with a focus on the energy, chemical, and manufacturing sectors. He is trusted by clients in matters with the potential for significant risk to reputation.  The team also includes Paul Verrico , whose practice has evolved to include the Asia Pacific region.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Elliott; Tim Hill

Other key lawyers:

Paul Verrico; Sarah Valentine; Amy Sadro

Testimonials

‘They provide top rate advice from incident, through investigation to a charging decision. The firm frequently bypasses enforcement using its tactical experience and its ability to be thinking three stages ahead.’

‘An extremely reactive and proactive team. It has excellent people who react with great legal and commercial skill to a client’s problem or query.’

‘A professional practice, with access to enough resource across different areas that will give you the confidence to know that you are getting a premium service and support. Excellent staff with a can do attitude. ‘

‘Kevin Elliott is an outstanding solicitor at the top of his game in Health and Safety and many other regulatory areas including food safety and environmental law. In my view he is in the premier league of practitioners in this area. He has the highest level skills in law, client care and the ability to mastermind strategy in complex matters with a natural instict for obtaining the best result.

‘Paul Verrico and Sarah Valentine have been exceptional in availability, willingness to listen and explain, explore and then advise on action.’

‘The team offer the complete solution for the safety requirements of the firm. Strategy, consultancy, advice and execution.’

‘The London team is part of the internationally recognised and respected national team. They provide top rate advice from incident, through investigation to a charging decision the firm frequently bypasses enforcement using its tactical experience and its ability to be thinking three stages ahead.’

Key clients

China Light and Power Limited

Sellafield

Places for People Homes Limited

Network Rail

Sir Robert McAlpine

Bannatyne Fitness Group

HS2

Derby City Council

Network Rail

UCEA

Work highlights

  • Advising China Light and Power Limited in improving safety across its sites in Hong Kong to ensure the organisation is aligned with leading practices across this sector and delivers world class safety to achieve its zero harm mandate
  • Leading a Court of Appeal case (February 2021) for Places for People Homes Limited on the correct interpretation of ‘very large’ company, according to the sentencing guidelines and appropriate reduction for a Community benefit company
  • Assisting Network Rail following the Margam Incident and defending Network Rail following service of 2 Enforcement Notices.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's health and safety offering has particular expertise in representing and advising large corporate entities at risk of prosecution for corporate manslaughter. Allied to its busy contentious practices is its advisory work in the energy, utilities, industrial, and transport sectors. The team is led by Howard Watson , who advises clients from initial accident, through investigations and  inquests.  Working closely with Watson is David Bennett, who advises a broad range of clients in relation to investigations. Bennett also has an advisory practice, focusing on compliance.

Practice head(s):

Howard Watson

Other key lawyers:

David Bennett

Testimonials

‘The team is responsive and pragmatic and their advice is highly valued by us and the wider business.’

‘This is my preferred team for all significant Health and Safety matters. The team is comprised of highly experienced and extremely capable individuals who are very client focused, and provide very clear and commercial advice.’

‘Howard Watson is superb. Calm, considered, pragmatic advice. He is straight-talking and doesn’t pull any punches. He has an eye for detail but also sees the big picture and is able to communicate complex messages clearly at both a project and board level.’

‘Excellent all round’

‘Highly detailed, easy to work with, good at knowing the trees and to have sight of the forest. Has managed a few high profile matters with good success.’

‘Howard Watson’s Health and Safety team is, in my opinion, the most experienced and effective there is at this time.’

Key clients

Arup

Chevron

BAE Systems PLC

Perenco

Valero

ITV

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Arup in relation to the various investigations arising from the Stonehaven train derailment in August 2020, which resulted in 3 fatalities.
  • Acting on behalf of ITV at the Inquest of Mr Dymond, who committed suicide following his appearance on the Jeremy Kyle Show.
  • Acting on behalf of BAE Systems PLC following the death of two servicemen and the serious personal injury of others following the misfire of the gun on a Challenger 2 tank at the Castlemartin Firing Range.

Kennedys

Kennedys‘ health and safety team is known for its regulatory defence work across a wide range of industries and is regularly involved in many of the highest profile disaster incidents in the UK. Led by Daniel McShee, the team has a dominant presence when it comes to fatal accidents, and has increased the active incident investigations  it is part of by 60% in three years. Areas of expertise include construction, manufacturing, utilities, mining and demolition, leisure, and fire and rescue services. The team provides an immediate crisis response service that continues through the criminal process, up to and including trial in some instances. David Wright, McShee and Stephanie Power are well-regarded; Power has been providing commercial and dynamic health and safety advice in relation to COVID-19.

Practice head(s):

Daniel McShee

Other key lawyers:

David Wright; Stephanie Power

Testimonials

‘They have greater strength in depth than any other firm. Very experiened.’

‘I have found their approach to any form of case that involves Health and Safety, to be undertaken in a very structured manner which results in very clear and comprehensive information being developed and presented to the Courts for each case.’

‘The best team in the field.’

‘I have worked in particular with David Wright, whom I have found to have a very professional manner that ensures any work carried out with him places all parties involved at ease from the outset. I value his open and structured inquiring approach to any case he deals with.’

Key clients

MD of Wood Treatment Ltd

Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation

St James Group Ltd (part of the Berkeley Group)

Stoneforce Limited

Shredmet Ltd

Renown Consulting Services

Wolffkran

Stonegate Pubs

Skanska Group

Sodexo Group

Kier Group

Kuehne and Nagel

Savills

Morrison Utility Services Limited

Dyer & Butler

Hills Waste Solutions

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation in relation to the Public Inquiry and Criminal investigations being conducted by the Metropolitan Police Service following the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy – described by the Met Police as being the largest criminal investigation conducted by them other than terrorist atrocities.
  • Acting for the MD of Wood Treatment Ltd who own the Bosley Mill in Lancashire, where an explosion in July 2015 led to the deaths of four employees – a case that has attracted national public and political attention and involves a complex multidisciplinary investigation of the causes of the explosion.
  • Acting for St James Group Limited as developer of a luxury residential development besides the Thames in Central London, in a technically complex case involving a window falling from the penthouse, fatally injuring a passer-by.

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP's contentious and non-contentious health and safety practice is led by crisis management expert Mary Lawrence. The team has a strong reputation for sector focused advice on health and safety issues in the media and entertainment industry, working with top clients such as ITV, Netflix and Vue Entertainment. Jo Forbes' expertise in compliance audits supports the team's risk management  and corporate procedures practice across; mental health, fire safety and rail health and safety. The practice also advises on internal investigations, inquests and inquiries. Katie Vickery advises a number of global companies on compliance and assists with health & safety advisory training.

Practice head(s):

Mary Lawrence

Other key lawyers:

Kate Vickery; Matt Kyle; Jo Forbes

Testimonials

‘Blue Chip firm with blue chip clients offering the Rolls Royce knowledge and service.’

‘In depth knowledge of the subject matter and a down to earth, practical understanding of how this impacts on the day to day challenges faced by the business.’

‘Strength is their knowledge and wide expertise in the H&S sector. They have been our retained legal firm for a number of years and have never let me down.’

‘Mary Lawrence is the lead and she is very dynamic.’

‘Georgia Lythgoe is sharp, measured and practical. She clearly understands the client’s goals and works well in a diverse team to achieve our aims.’

Key clients

RWE Generation

Western Power Distribution

ITV plc

Selfridges & Co

Wales and West Utilities

Netflix Inc.

Vue Entertainment Limited

Eversholt Rail

Barratt Developments

Marks and Spencer

St Modwen Properties

Bureau Veritas SA

Starbucks

Vodafone

Lifestory

Work highlights

  • Provided key support to ITV during Covid-19 including the drafting of industry standards approved by public service broadcasters and the UK government, as well as regular support on issues affecting TV production and filming.
  • Acting for Bureau Veritas during a health and safety prosecution relating to the failure of a lift in a care home, which resulted in the death of a resident and serious injuries to a carer. The case will come to trial in 2021 and is significant because of the arguments being raised by the HSE to widen out the scope and purpose of Thorough Examinations.
  • Supporting the Netflix global health & safety team to set out its expectations for global health & safety management.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP 's London non-contentious practice offers a 'holistic suite', including compliance advice, organisation policy reviews, and stress tests to feed into the advisory service it provides. The practice also includes a robust litigation team with a track record of negotiating with regulators and avoiding prosecution, appealing/modifying enforcment notices and reducing financial penalties in high profile major and fatal accidents. Experts in fire and building safety, the team advises on compliance and safety reforms for all types of client and is sector agnostic in its matters, though it has considerable experience in high hazard industries. Kevin Bridges  leads the team, which also includes Laura White and Phil Newton.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Bridges

Other key lawyers:

Laura White; Sean Elson

Testimonials

‘The team at Pinsent Masons provide a personal touch and are very approachable. The key feature is that they explain the position in a clear and concise way which is understandable to non legal people enabling informed decisions to be made which are best for the business.’

‘Kevin Bridges is an excellent lawyer. Thorough, hard-working, and really understands our business.’

‘They find the right people for the job and are expert at putting the key elements of strengths into the legal papers delivered to the court in a professional and compelling manner. I would wholly recommend the team to other companies involved in health & safety litigation.’

‘Kevin Bridges and Laura White of Health and Safety Team at Pinsents are excellent and we have worked well with them for many years.’

‘Pinsent Masons has a real depth of health and safety expertise and experience, as well as a team of approachable and down to earth people.’

‘The Associates I have worked with are very knowledgeable and personable. They take time to understand our issues and speak to myself and my colleagues with a tone and language that we are able to interpret.’

‘Laura White  is part of the Pinsent Team that I have the pleasure of working with. Her knowledge and support has been exceptional throughout.’

‘We have worked exclusively with Kevin Bridges, Zoe Betts and the team for a number of years now and what makes them stand out is the clarity of advice, their personal styles and a regular check that they are delivering their service in line with our expectations.’

Key clients

Kier Group plc

Morgan Sindall Group plc

Pennon Group plc (Viridor and South West Water)

DB Cargo

Notting Hill Genesis

Bouygues Group

TNT / FedEx

Arcus FM

Stadler UK Limited

Masonite Corporation

Capital & Counties PLC

Crest Nicholson Operations Limited

Cromwell Tools

NHS Professionals

EDF Energy

Aida Engineering; Aida Socio con Unico SRL, Aida Europe

RWE Renewables

City University London

Ryder Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising RWE Renewables in relation to the internal investigation and CDM compliance following a serious incident on a wind farm project in which several individuals were injured when a lifting operation failed over the North Sea.
  • Advising City University, London on compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and carrying out a review of all university buildings and accommodation in order to identify areas of improvement. Also advising on the likely applicability of future fire and building safety reforms.
  • Advising Ryder Limited in relation to coronavirus safety and applicability of coronavirus regulations to the workplace. Advising on the implementation of a coronavirus testing scheme.

Shoosmiths LLP

Roy Tozer heads Shoosmiths LLP's health and safety team which presents a full health and safety offering of regulatory defence, prosecution, non-contentious compliance, training, and audit advice. The firm has extensive experience in major disasters and fatal accidents, particularly for corporate clients, of which they are appointed to a number of panels. Tozer's expertise focuses on the oil, gas, transport and construction sectors, while the team offers niche safety advice in the defence, petrochemical, automotive, healthcare, and food sectors.  Other key team members include Hayley Saunders, who regularly conducts her own advocacy in contentious matters. Regulatory crime expert Charles Arrand advises corporations, particularly in retail, food and drink, and hospitality and leisure sectors. Philip Ryan is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Roy Tozer

Other key lawyers:

Charles Arrand; Phil Ryan; Hayley Saunders; Claire Morrissey

Key clients

IKEA Ltd

Calor Gas

Lifeways Community Care Ltd

Total

Hitachi Rail

WeWork

Work highlights

  • Representing Bombardier, the manufacturers of the tram involved in the Croydon Tram disaster in November 2016 in which 7 people were killed and 61 injured.
  • Advice and representation to PSB, who are a Core Participant in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Addleshaw Goddard

David Young leads the London arm of Addleshaw Goddard ‘s health and safety team, which has welcomed the strategic hire Sufia Saqib from Hogan Lovells International LLP . In addition to enhancing the reach of the practice with the new hire, practice head Erin Shoesmith has developed a new public inquiries team, following  instructions for the three most significant public inquiries in recent memory – Grenfell Tower, Manchester Arena, and Scottish Hospitals Inquiries. The newly-established team currently advises stakeholders, core members, and individuals in high risk developments, and public inquiries,  post incident. Key specialisms of the firm are fire and building, hygiene, food, and product safety – the latter two strengthened by Saqib’s expertise.

Practice head(s):

Erin Shoesmith

Other key lawyers:

David Young; Anne Struckmeier; Sufia Saqib

Key clients

Skanska Construction UK Limited

M Group/ Morrison Utility Services Limited

Scottish Futures Trust

Eddie Stobart Limited

AAH Pharmaceuticals Limited

Manchester Metropolitan University

Victrex Plc

Travelodge Hotels Ltd

Boohoo Group (including boohoo.com, PrettyLittleThing, Nasty Gal, MissPap, boohoo MAN)

KPMG LLP – Blair Nimmo, Tony Friary and Geoffrey Jacobs as liquidators of Doonin Plant Limited

British American Tobacco UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Core Participants in the following high profile public inquiries the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry and the Manchester Arena Bombing Inquiry  
  • Assisted a care institution in Scotland to provide written evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry and the Scottish Hospitals Inquiry.

BCL Solicitors LLP

BCL Solicitors LLP‘s reputation in the health and safety sector is one of a deep, criminal/regulatory pedigree. The firm’s focus is on severe cases often involving overlapping allegations of fraud, regulatory breaches, corporate manslaughter, or accidental death. Richard Reichman and Tom McNeill ‘s criminal law backgrounds, paired with extensive corporate advisory expertise, is what distinguishes the practice and its offering from the sector standard civil background. Beyond the focus on contentious health and safety work, the group is sector agnostic; able to apply its technical and strategic approach across multiple areas and have been sought out by clients in areas including fire, food and environmental safety. Former practice head Guy Bastable  has left the firm for Burges Salmon LLP ,  with Reichman taking over at the helm.

Practice head(s):

Richard Reichman

Other key lawyers:

Tom McNeill

Testimonials

‘BCL handles heavyweight corporate clients in very serious and complex health and safety work. The team is knowledgeable, personable and heavily invested in each client.’

‘They take a pragmatic and discreet approach and are well attuned to their clients’ needs.’

‘Richard Reichman goes above and beyond for his clients. Really conscientious, thoughtful and clever. Very impressive.’

‘Tom McNeill at BCL is unusual in that he has a background steeped in the  criminal law AND has extensive experience of advising corporates in relation the most complex investigations and prosecutions conducted by the HSE, the EA and local authorities.’

Key clients

Celsa Manufacturing (UK) Limited

Options Energy Resource LLP

Work highlights

  • Advising a Facilities Management and Support Services Company in relation to the joint fatal accident investigation by the British Transport Police and the Office of Rail and Road.
  • Advising a former senior employee of Russell Hume Limited, regarding a large high-profile investigation by the Food Standards Agency’s National Food Crime Unit, in partnership with Food Standards Scotland.
  • Advising fertiliser manufacturer and directors, and an associated business, in relation to an Environment Agency investigation concerning the operation of a suspected ‘illegal waste site’.

Burges Salmon LLP

Ann Metherall leads Burges Salmon LLP's health and safety team.  The practice has been strengthened by regulatory investigation and corporate crime specialist, Guy Bastable. Formerly head of the corporate crime & regulation team at BCL Solicitors LLP , Bastable's  major disaster and fatal accident corporate advisory practice strengthens the team's already leading rail sector practice.  His wider work in food safety and hygiene, and environmental protection also bolsters food and agribusiness specialist,  Sian Edmunds' contamination, liability and product recall offering. Whilst the practice focuses on food, transport and farming, the expertise of the members is broad, both in alternative sectors, and in providing a single outfit for criminal and civli litigation. The combined offering allows for continuity of care and expertise for the firm's private and public sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Ann Metherall

Other key lawyers:

Chris Jackson; Sian Edmunds; Guy Bastable; Charlotte Whitaker

Testimonials

‘Superb teamwork – strong management, clear lines of communication, strength and depth across the board.’

‘Burges Salmon have an exceptionally strong team dealing with health and safety and inquest work. They offer a rare combination of specialist legal knowledge and real industry expertise. Their attention to detail and case preparation is outstanding.’

‘The arrival of Guy Bastable at Burges Salmon will lend great support to an already well-recognised practice. Guy has dealt with numerous fatal accident cases and has a depth of experience and expertise in dealing with these most serious of cases.’

‘Ann Metherall – extremely bright, committed and hard-working; an excellent manager.’

‘Ann Metherall (Partner) is superb at managing complex cases. She has a clear-sighted approach to strategy and tactics, is always on top of the detail, and displays real energy and passion for getting the right result for her clients. Her down-to-earth approach makes her a pleasure to work with.’

‘Charlotte Whitaker and Lloyd Nail [transport] both deserve individual recognition in this field for their knowledge of the law, their client-management skills, their case-preparation, and sound judgement’

Key clients

The Crown Estate

London and South Eastern Railways

FirstGroup PLC

John Lewis Partnership plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for a transport operator following a multi-fatality accident during investigations by the police, safety regulator and Coroner.
  • Advising a recycling operator during an HSE investigation following a fatal accident at its site.
  • Advising on a range of Covid Health and Safety issues including risk assessments, risk management and mitigation; issues arising from working from home; Covid testing requirements; outbreak reporting to PHE and HSE; and supporting a client during the preparation of its internal investigation as it was investigated by the safety regulator following the death of an employee from Covid 19.

DLA Piper

Well-regarded for its contentious and non-contentious offering, the health and safety team at DLA Piper features a trio of individuals at the helm; Teresa Hitchcock heads the firm's UK Safety, Health and Environment team alongside Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry and Neil Bowker   The team has a growing manufacturing and construction related practice that encompasses compliance, due diligence, and regulatory investigations/prosecution. Trusted advisers to many well known corporates, the firm uses  machine learning platform Kira, for large collections of documents. Alastair Clough is a key person in the team, and leads on safety, health and environment transactional related matters. Ailish Oxenforth  is also highly recommended, with recent instructions supporting numerous clients in COVID-19 related health and safety issues.

Practice head(s):

Teresa Hitchcock; Neil Bowker; Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry

Other key lawyers:

John Gollaglee; Ailish Oxenforth; Alistair Clough

Testimonials

‘The provision by this practice during COVID-19 has been truly excellent. Managing tight turnaround periods for comprehensive and often complex advice was a big ask, but it was always dealt with in a highly professional and reassuringly slick way. 

‘Teresa Hitchcock has been an absolute lynchpin for us over the last 15 months and her reliable, comprehensive and rounded approach to advice is something that we have come to rely upon.’

‘Always professional, always keeping the client at the centre and able to call in other practices if needed. They aim to be understood and to make the matter clear.’

Key clients

Arconic Corporation

SMG Europe Holdings Limited No

VolkerRail Limited No

Brother Industries UK Limited No

Axa Real Estate Investment Managers UK Ltd Yes

Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare UK Limited

RPC

RPC's multidisciplinary health and safety team is able to benefit from the breadth of the firm's wider regulatory services and expertise. Gavin Reese leads the team, which advises on high-profile fatalities, including gross negligence and corporate manslaughter, and other catastrophic accidents, such as explosions and building collapses. The practice is well acquainted with insurers, and is often instructed via policies, or through the firm's other departments. Mamata Dutta and Fiona Hahlo are key team members, and have experience handling inquests from the construction, manufacturing, and the leisure industries.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Reese

Other key lawyers:

Mamata Dutta; Fiona Hahlo

Testimonials

‘An exceptionally strong all-round team with unmatched experience across a number of industrial, manufacturing and service sectors.’

‘As a firm, they are adept at providing a premier service to clients large and small and achieve astonishing success in defending health and safety prosecutions.’

Key clients

AXA XL

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Architects involved in the Grenfell Tower refurbishment.
  • Acting for a Recycling Centre which is being investigated by the HSE after an attachment from a crane fell off and struck a prospective employee who was on site.
  • Acted for a company in relation to the tragic death of a child in February 2017 in Top Shop, Reading.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs has a strong health and safety offering in the petrochemical, waste, manufacturing, and life sciences sectors. The team is led by Robert Elvin whose corporate defence and accident investigation practice is highly rated. The team also undertakes work in the retail, entertainment and energy sectors, particularly in the context of compliance advice as part of large corporate and real estate transactions. In addition, the practice offers health and safety training in all of the above sectors, maintaining longstanding relationships with notable clients within these industries. Gary Lewis is an expert in the construction and printing sectors and offers advice on matters including accident investigation and directors' duties, particularly in the area of suicide in the workplace.

Practice head(s):

Robert Elvin

Other key lawyers:

Gary Lewis; Robert Biddlecombe

Testimonials

‘Gary Lewis provides a level of help and support which is second to none.’

‘Rob Elvin is always available for us, nothing is too much trouble and he has been very approachable, enabling me to get ‘up to speed’ in an area of law that is not my specialism. Rob’s advice is among the most practical and business focused that I have encountered. He filters out hypothetical debate and quickly identifies practical solutions to a situation’

Very knowledgeable about the law and its application. 

Key clients

Ei Group Plc (formerly known as Enterprise Inns)

EDF Energy

Live Nation

Showsec International Limited

Delphi Diesel Systems

Aeros Global Limited

Tunstall Healthcare

Pontrilas Sawmills Limited

National Grid Gas Plc

Bayer Crop Science

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Showsec (event security) in relation to the public inquiry into the Manchester Arena terrorist attack.
  • Advising on prosecution of National Grid relating to alleged failures to maintain and inspect parts of the client’s gas distribution network.
  • Acting on a prosecution brought by the HSE arising out of an accident at a Delphi factory in July 2017 and on an appeal resulting in a significant fine reduction for the client.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

The health and safety team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is known for its track record in a number of the leading cases over the years. The firm provides a full range of services, contentious and non-contentious, with examples of the latter including strategic advice of reputational importance to corporates and public bodies. Key sectors for the team include energy, retail, construction, manufacturing and transport. Practice head Jon Cooper is 'best in the business' for Crown Censure proceedings  and other public inquiries, according to one client. Stephen Panton is also a name of note, particularly in suspected corporate and gross negligence manslaughter investigations, and appeals against statutory notices.

Practice head(s):

Jon Cooper; Stuart Wardlaw

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Panton; Stephen Covell; Ashley Borthwick; Francesca Hodgson

Testimonials

‘Expert advice, really practical guidance, understanding of corporate sensitivities, faultless responsiveness and really approachable. Great people to work with.’

‘The team are dedicated to the best outcome for their clients. What makes them unique is their understanding – beyond their competitors – of the strategic advantages they can win by using a profound understanding of the Law and how it is appleid in practice.’

‘WBD runs an excellent and very supportive health and safety practice.’

Key clients

Babcock International Group (including Babcock Networks, Babcock Rail and Babcock Marine (DRDL))

B&Q Plc

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Post Office Limited

RWE Innogy

Southern Co-operative Limited

Northern Powergrid

Calderys UK Limited

Carlsberg UK

Princess Yachts Limited

AIG

Work highlights

  • Advising Carlsberg in relation to the Police and Health and Safety Executive investigation and prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive into a very serious incident which occurred at the Company’s brewery in Northampton

Beale & Co

Specialist construction firm Beale & Co 's health and safety practice is co-led by 'subject matter expert' Sheena Sood, and Joanna Lewis The nature of large-scale construction and infrastructure projects poses substantial human risk, and pre-existing relationships with the construction industry allows for efficient collaboration. Zita Mansi is a key associate within the practice, focusing on construction claim defence and counter-claims.  The team has substantial inquest expertise, as well as  prosecuting gross negligence/corporate manslaughter claims and offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act arising from fatalities or site accidents.

Practice head(s):

Sheena Sood; Joanna Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Zita Mansi

Testimonials

‘Responsive, bespoke service with deep sector knowledge. More agile than larger competitors.’

‘Strong team that understands the role of construction professionals and the challenges they face. We have a longstanding relationship with Beales, they have a unique insight into our business, our outlook and ethos – they successfully adopt their practices to align with this. Working with Beales is straightforward. They are client friendly, master strategists and work hard to get things right for us.’

‘Thorough knowledge of the subject and an ability to cut through any confusion to provide positive advice and guidance. Meetings/discussions via video link – due to the pandemic – giving a much more personable service than a phone call or text.’

Sheena Sood brings great strategic awareness, attention to detail, and dedication to her cases.’

‘Joanna Lewis gets to grips with the detail of the factual and technical issues. Tenacious and determined to get the best possible result for her client. She has very sound judgement.’

‘Zita Manzi is a standout individual. Great case research and client-focused approach.’

 ‘Sheena Sood is is a subject matter expect. Understands the intricacies and nuances with HSE work. Provides thorough, practical advice, which takes account of wider business considerations. One of our go to people in this field.’

Key clients

Peter Lind & Company (Central Region) Limited

AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Ltd

EM Highway Services Limited

Mouchel Limited – now part of WSP  Parson Brinkerhoff

Hastingwood Securities Ltd.

WYG Group Limited

Association for Consultancy and Engineering

Ramboll Group

Building Engineering Services Association

Arup Group Ltd

Blackfords LLP

Blackfords LLP's health and safety team is headed by 'excellent tactician' Gary Rubin , and spans both contentious and regulatory matters. Rubin and his colleagues Gary Bloxsome and Trevor Francis  have experience of gross negligence and corporate manslaughter cases in their wider criminal practices. Cardiff based director Philip Williams supports the practice, regularly involved in proceedings and prosecutions by the HSE, CPS and GLA. The team is known by clients and peers alike for its rail sector expertise, and continues to further solidify its place in this sector, as well as roads and transport more broadly.

Practice head(s):

Gary Rubin

Other key lawyers:

Trevor Francis; Gary Bloxsome; Philip Williams

Testimonials

‘Very practical and experienced team who instil confidence in clients from a very early stage. Engage excellent experts and involve the client all through the case.’

‘Unlike many practitioners in the health and safety sector they have a strong reputation in criminal defence – they don’t just know the H&S regulations, they know how to defend in a criminal court. ‘

‘ Whether representing corporations or individuals they are able to communicate complex issues with clear sensible advice and, where required, provide difficult advice whilst remaining supportive and humane. ‘

Work highlights

  • Acting for the tram driver following the highly publicised incident at Sandilands, Croydon in November 2016, in relation to an ongoing ORR investigation and also the inquest into the deaths of seven people killed in the crash.
  • Acting for clients in relation to criminal and health and safety at work allegations arising out of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
  • Representing the licensee of a public house (the Rosehill Tavern) in relation to a local authority investigation following a fatal accident, where a customer was found unconscious at the bottom of the cellar stairs having gained access to the cellar.

CMS

CMS's health and safety offering specialises in high-risk industries like energy, construction and manufacturing. The team is led by Lukas Rootman who is experienced with both contentious and non-contentious health and safety matters. The size and profile of the firm ensures that the team has specialist knowledge across all aspects of health and safety, including inquests and fatal accident inquiries, corporate manslaughter investigations, and health and safety prosecutions. Dual-qualified in England and Wales and Scotland. senior associate Rosalind Morgan advises on a wide range of incidents arising from her energy practice, such as client liability, appealing enforcement notices, and representing the client at Coroners' Inquests.

Practice head(s):

Lukas Rootman

Other key lawyers:

Rosalind Morgan; Esme Saynor

Testimonials

‘The team at CMS has a real understanding of the business we operate. As a result they are often regarded as an integral part of our own team and not as external lawyers. They also have the ability to give very concise guidance on complex issues which assists with overall strategy and decision making. ‘

‘The in depth knowledge of the law and procedures when it comes to health and safety is second to none. ‘

‘Lukas Rootman is exceptional, a hard fighter with good client care.’

‘It has strength in depth and breadth and seems able and willing to meet the demands of all clients large and small. The work is very much client focused and there is a positive collaborative atmosphere on every case between all levels of fee earner, which is certainly not always the case in competitor firms. ‘

Dentons

The health and safety team at Dentons  maintains a balance of transactional, advisory, and regulatory defence work across the energy, transport, food and drink, and manufacturing industries, advising a number of well-known clients in these sectors.  Environmental law specialist Stephen Shergold  leads the London operation alongside Malcolm Gunnyeon, who also leads the Scottish health and safety team. Shergold's practice focuses on oil and gas, waste, and contaminated land, among other related specialisms. Helen Bowdren maintains an international practice and works with clients including chemical manufacturers.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Shergold; Malcolm Gunnyeon

Other key lawyers:

Helen Bowdren; Sam Boileau

Testimonials

‘Having a brilliant lawyer with no people skills or vice versa, would be a disaster for us. Malcolm Gunnyeon has both skill sets: extensive experience in health and safety and also the ability to be supportive, especially when dealing with emotional issues for us as an organisation.’

‘Malcolm Gunnyeon understands the need of the oil and gas sector in Aberdeen.’

‘Compassion and ability to be empathic as well as forensic in their analysis and advice. Always responsive and flexible when we require updates.’

‘Malcolm Gunnyeon is friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.’

Key clients

Official Receiver / PwC – in connection with the insolvency of Carillion

Group One Automotive

Aprirose

The Edrington Group Limited

John Lewis & Partners

Baxters Food Group Limited

Avis Budget Group

The Action Group

Aggreko plc

Menzies Distribution Limited

Zenith Bank (UK) Limited

Holland & Barrett Retail Limited

Auria

Fieldfisher

The health and safety group at Fieldfisher is well-known for its work in the defence, manufacturing, chemical, and transport sectors. Led by Andrew Sanderson , the team has been a 'go-to' for clients during the pandemic for tailored advice on their obligations and requirements in relation to the COVID-19 risk. Elliott Kenton has beem a key figure in this initiative, offering practical support for clients. Sanderson is a specialist in the transport and defence sectors. The team also has significant expertise with internal investigations, incident response and advice, and representation in HSE investigations and prosecutions.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Sanderson

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Ellson; Elliott Kenton

Testimonials

‘Extremely approachable, engaging and professional. Very knowledgeable and quick to respond on queries. A reassuring service.’

‘They are professional, highly knowledgeable and approachable. The technical knowledge of the team is very evident and most importantly they work with people rather than trying to push opinions etc.’

‘Andrew Sanderson has a wealth of experience operating in the health and safety criminal sector. His advice is assured and pragmatic and extends to supporting clients with proportionate risk prevention measures’

 

Key clients

National Security and Resilience Consortium

Road Skills

Routeone

Enzen Global Limited

Sapphire Utility Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • The National Security and Resilience Consortium (NS&RC) is a group of UK centric companies who work together to provide unique security and resilience solutions. Fieldfisher acts for the NS&RC and its members in providing strategic advice and representation in relation to advisory and contentious health and safety matters.
  • Instructed by Enzen  to provide a suite of health and safety services including health and safety advice, training and the implementation of health and safety incident response systems.
  • Instructed by Sapphire Utility Solutions Limited in relation to providing a full suite of health and safety services including health and safety advice, training and the implementation of health and safety incident response systems.

Fisher Scoggins Waters LLP

Fisher Scoggins Waters LLP is a specialist construction and engineering disputes and disasters firm.  The team provides comprehensive emergency and incident response support, as well as representation at inquests and through HSE investigations.  Charlotte Waters advises across construction, rail, and building safety matters. Michael Appleby  and Mark Scoggins both have extensive expertise in fatal accident investigations and defending individuals, companies, and directors.

Practice head(s):

Michael Appleby; Mark Scoggins; Charlotte Waters

Testimonials

‘The practice has a strong track record handling various health and safety enforcement activities. There is close collaboration at multiple levels which gives confidence and assurance to senior managers within our company.’

‘Solid mixture of both tactical and strategic thinking. The team has a great depth of experience on a range of matters from very large to acting successfully for individuals. ‘

‘Niche practice that specialises in health and safety. Absolutely dedicated to their clients and punch well above their weight for a firm of this size.’

‘Mark Scoggins and Mike Appleby are both superb. They know this area of the law inside out. Both master tacticians. Underestimate them at your peril’

 ‘I have worked with both Michael Appleby and Charlotte Waters on several different cases where there have been conflicts between individuals and or individuals  and  corporate bodies. As a small niche practice they make clients feel at ease with the personal service that is offered. Charlotte Waters will take each and every point available to protect her client’s interests and manages the firm superbly. Michael Appleby is a fount of all knowledge when it comes to health & safety law and practice. ‘

Key clients

Alstom

OCS

Balfour Beatty

Biffa Waste

Southern Water

Forth Ports/Port of Tilbury London Ltd

SEVERN TRENT WATER

Poole Bay Group

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's health and safety offering is led by Andrew Litchfield. The practice handles civil and criminal litigation and internal investigations/investigations by the HSE. The firm also handles corporate/gross negligence manslaughter, fatal accidents, and coroners' inquests. Sector expertise for the team is broad, with a strong offering in the aerospace and defence, construction, and social care sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Litchfield

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP 's health and safety offering calls on expertise within its dispute resolution, employment, public law, and clinical negligence departments. It uses this team integration to advise on the full scope of regulation including: health and safety, fire safety, environmental protection, and safeguarding issues. This combined approach means that the team has extensive expertise in representing individuals/entities under investigation in a tailored way. The team is led by criminal lawyer Jonathan Grimes , whose expertise supports the team's HSE investigation, inquest, and regulatory defence practice.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Grimes (Criminal Litigation); Melinka Berridge (Regulatory)

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Eales

Testimonials

‘The employment/health and safety department of this firm is dynamic both in the make up of its personnel and the commitment they show to clients. They are a modern, forward looking and diverse team with broad experience of a wide range of employment and health and safety matters.’

‘Kingsley Napley are unusual in that their health and safety work forms part of a wider specialist criminal practice, taking in white collar crime and bribery and other aspects of corporate crime. This enables them to provide their clients with expert advice across the full range of regulatory compliance issues. They are universally well-regarded.’

‘Specialists at acting for senior individuals in health and safety prosecutions. Their considerable background in crime makes them excellent at this.’

Key clients

London Fire Brigade/London Fire Commissioner (LFB)

Work highlights

  • Acting for the London Fire Brigade/London Fire Commissioner (LFB) in relation to representation of former employees who have been called to give evidence to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Caroline May  leads the Norton Rose Fulbright health and safety team. Expert in product safety and liability matters, May has extensive experience in the utilities, transport, and construction sectors in relation to industrial accidents. The team also handles high-profile public sector projects, both in an advisory and crisis response capacity. The London team forms part of the firm's global health and safety network, so also advises large global corporates on acquisitions, compliance and health & safety obligations.

Practice head(s):

Caroline May

Other key lawyers:

Neil O’May; Neil Q Miller; Holly Stebbing; Lucy Bruce Jones

Testimonials

‘Although a very large organisation, the team that have supported me made it all feel very personal – they were always happy to answer my questions.’

‘Always responsive. Up to date expertise.’

‘Caroline May heads up a crack team at Norton Rose’

‘Caroline May is a great leader with bags of experience and sound tactical instincts. She delivers exceptional service to her clients and fights their corner tenaciously.’

Key clients

Bombardier Inc.

DP World, London Gateway

GeoPark Limited

IMI Plc

Sandvik Mining & Construction Tools AB

Tiger Infrastructure Partners LP

Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB)

Plexus Law

Plexus Law's health and safety team offers corporate and insurer clients a regulatory practice that extends the usual boundaries due to its insurance and regulatory expertise. Specialist areas of work include care homes/domiciliary care, travel/adventure holidays, sports, and marine work. The team also advises high hazard industries, and regularly provides post incident management advice, and representation following major incidents. Recent highlights include the class action being brought against World Rugby/The RFU - an intersection of injury and health and safety risk management at a professional level. The team is led by insurance litigation expert Philip Tracey, who covers all aspects of employer, public, and product liability claims.

Practice head(s):

Philip Tracey

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Baker; Damon Burt; Natacha Kikkine; Paul De La Porte; Ron Ruston

Testimonials

‘The team has many decades of experience. The approach is client based, and is both pro-active and reactive.’

‘A no-nonsense approach with bespoke advice across a national practice that is well recognised.’

‘Clients have great confidence in the team, and receive best outcomes at all levels.’

 

Key clients

QBE Insurance

AIG Insurance

Direct Line Group (NIG)

Otis Lifts

Rugby Football Union (RFU)

Bovis Homes Ltd

Homes for Haringey

XL Group

Ageas

Tata Steel

HDI Global Insurance Company

China Taiping Insurance Company

Work highlights

  • Class action being brought against World Rugby/The RFU and Wales Rugby – has major significance for National Governing Bodies/how sport is governed. The case is being widely covered by the media.
  • Defending client following a fall from height on construction site resulting in alleged brain injury. HSE prosecution principal contractor and sub-contractor.
  • Defended two directors of a golf club who were prosecuted by the Environmental Health Office of Sevenoaks District Council following the collapse of an external staircase in which a number of people were injured during an event organised by the Edenbridge Astronomers Society.

Russell-Cooke LLP

The health and safety team at Russell-Cooke LLP is led by 'exceptional and accommodating' Kizzy Augustin . The team has significant expertise advising charities, corporates, and individuals in the construction, real estate and retail sectors.  The health and safety offering is strengthened by the integration with the firm's criminal litigation team, providing assistance in contentious issues. Non-contentious, preventative advices is also a strength. The team often undertakes its own advocacy in the Magistrates' and Cornoners' court, providing continuity for clients where appropriate.

Practice head(s):

Kizzy Augustin

Testimonials

‘I was very impressed by their speed of response and their willingness to engage in several distinct areas, related to commercial contracts, insurance risks and Regulatory compliance.’

‘Any legal team that are willing to donate their time and expensive resources to a small charity stand out from the rest.’

‘Russell Cooke have partnered us with a number of events over recent years, bringing a legal perspective to discussions on health and safety management. They bring brevity and clarity to the discussion and are always willing to help and support as well as provide direction.’

‘Kizzy is excellent at what she does and brings a great level of understanding to the events and discussions we have. Whether through legal updates or supporting our seminar events (which she is always happy to do) she is knowledgeable and approachable, tailoring her discussions to the audience and keeping it relevant to their needs’

Key clients

Cosmo Restaurant Limited

Martyn Crute

Roehampton Golf Club

Tropical Hero (Reggae Brunch) Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing a construction company in respect of an incident involving equipment falling from height / injury sustained by employee, resulting in a 2 week prosecution of the company and two other corporate co-defendants in the construction project chain.
  • Advising a haulage company in respect of an HSE investigation into a trailer airbag explosion, which resulted in significant facial injuries being sustained by a work experience student.
  • Representing a property developer during a health and safety prosecution in respect of an incident that appeared to cause a partial building collapse and the risk of excavation collapse/falls into excavation on site.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP 's health and safety practice is led by Adam Kendall , and focuses on local authority and public sector representation in HSE and CQC investigations. The team recently represented an NHS Trust against the CQC's first 'duty of candour' breach prosecution. Advisory work is also a core factor of the team's offering, specialising in safety; fire safety; gas safety; asbestos; and legionella obligations and statutory compliance across all sectors. Clients benefit from the group's proactive approach via regular training, preparation, and mock-inspections.

Practice head(s):

Adam Kendall;

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Taylor; Stuart Marchant; Carlton Sadler

Testimonials

‘Good client management, work with the political constraints of the organisation. Assist the client to understand forecast costs throughout the life of the case and reduce costs where possible.’

‘Adam Kendall has worked well with us to understand our needs and has given us a high level of confidence in what he and the team can deliver.’

‘Carlton Sadler is quite outstanding.’

Key clients

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised and represented the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust throughout the CQC’s first duty of candour prosecution.

BLM

BLM‘s health and safety team offers a specialist service in compliance and enforcement, and delivers a strong criminal and civil, prosecution and defence  practice.  Dual-qualified, corporate and individual duty specialist Peter James heads the team, which is supported by investigations and prosecutions specialist Diana Goldstein. James Chambers ‘ practice specialises in defending regulatory matters and duty of care breaches.  Roughly a third of the team’s work involves high-profile  inquests. The group also provides a 24hr helpline and provides immediate  aftermath support for both private and public sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Peter James (London)

Other key lawyers:

Diana Goldstein; James Chambers

Testimonials

‘The BLM team enjoys great strength and depth and quality experience throughout. The team is consistently strong, with wide-ranging expertise and BLM are one of the leading firms for insurance-funded health and safety work.’ 

‘Specialist team regularly instructed by organisations from an array of sectors to handle health and safety matters including corporate manslaughter cases, construction accidents and deaths and injuries caused by drivers in the course of employment.’

‘The work ethic of their regulatory team is second to none and their attention to detail absolutely uncompromising. Because of their experience, they are consistently able to identify the key issues to ensure the best outcome for their clients.’

‘Peter James: leads from the front. Great tactician, commands loyalty and respect with his team. Provides outstanding reassurance to his clients. Diana Goldstein: extremely passionate on behalf of and dedicated to all her clients. A real fighter. No stone is left unturned in the defence of her clients‘.

Key clients

Aviva

Allianz

Fusion

Mitsui Sumitomo Underwriting at Lloyds

Regis Mutual Management

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's health and safety group has a dedicated regulatory practice, and maintains an impressive client portfolio of well-known property developers, asset managers and hospitality clients. The practice, headed by Craig Baylis , advises clients on due diligence, and issues on large corporate or real estate transactions.  Post Grenfell Tower tragedy, the team also advises in relation to fire safety and cladding issues and hosts seminars for clients and others,  including the finance sector.

Practice head(s):

Craig Baylis 

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Bark

Testimonials

‘ It has deep understanding and experience of health and safety issues across a range of industries, particularly in the leisure field.’

The firm has a very broad client base across a wide spectrum of legal specialisms, including health and safety, which enables it to provide a one stop shop to corporates.’

 

Key clients

National Grid

AMEC

Marriott Hotels

Whitbread Plc

Bvlgari Hotel

TGI Fridays

Angel Trains

Halite Energy Group

Brasserie Blanc/White Brasserie

Keoghs LLP

Keoghs LLP deals with health and safety and environmental offences. Working mainly in contentious areas, the team also acts  for corporate entities and directors in corporate and gross negligence manslaughter cases, as well as providing advice in care related investigations. Fire safety is another area where the team advises. The team has a criminal and insurance law background, which provides added depth to the regulatory and advisory services it offers.  

Practice head(s):

Chris Newton

Other key lawyers:

Nina Dhillon

Testimonials

‘They are ready to go the extra mile, helping us to interview and select Safety consultants to help ensure we are receiving competent advice and protect ourselves as far as possible.’

‘You will never wait for a call back they will always come back to you within the hour. they make you feel like you are their only client. Lots of information and help given at all times. The team understand all aspects of health and safety and make you feel at ease.’

‘Keoghs have been efficient in response but most importantly the advice has been excellent.’

Key clients

Chubb

Catholic Insurance Services

Axa

Zurich

Markel

RSA

QBE

Esure

Work highlights

  • Engaged by CIS Insurance to consider existing fire safety arrangements and to provide bespoke fire risk assessment review and advice to improve compliance across the Diocesan estate whom CIS support.
  • Advising Oaktree Commercial Solutions Ltd on an accident involving a falling roller shutter resulting in a fatality.

Tuckers Solicitors

Tuckers Solicitors' health and safety offering is recognised for its technical expertise and dominance in enforcement work as one of the firms retained by the HSE. 'Technically excellent and strategically savvy' Jim Meyer leads the team, and has extensive experience in prosecution. He has also provided training to HSE inspectors and litigation officers. David Targett and Sorcha Duncan are also part of the practice, providing strength to the firm's legal enforcement and regulation services.

Practice head(s):

Jim Meyer

Other key lawyers:

David Targett; Sorcha Duncan

Testimonials

‘Tuckers hold the Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) prosecution franchise for the whole of London and the South East and as a result understand health and safety law as well as any of the leading health and safety defence teams in our opinion. With such technical expertise they will be our first choice firm for conflicts, particularly the representation of employees of our major corporate clients in any health and safety incident/prosecution.’

Key clients

The Health and Safety Executive

Work highlights

  • Provided litigation and advocacy services to HSE in 40 enforcement matters in the last year. These include cases relating to: Unregistered gas work
  • Retained to advise and represent several employees of a large cleaning contract services company following a fatal accident at a London underground station.
  • We have been retained to advise and represent several employees of a public utility company following a non-fatal accident involving unsafe work at height and electrocution.

Weightmans LLP

The health and safety group at Weightmans LLP  acts on behalf of care homes, schools, and healthcare bodies. Dewi Ap Thomas has significant experience in the niche of health and safety within sports. David Lewis advises in corporate and gross negligence manslaughter investigations, strengthening the practice's audit/review offering. He is also an assistant Coroner in England and Wales. The waste management, construction and manufacturing sectors offering is through Crispin Kenyon , lead partner in the London practice.

Practice head(s):

David Lewis; Dewi Ap Thomas; Crispin Kenyon; Andrew Brammer; Lili Oliver

Testimonials

‘An experienced team with some key individuals who are able to provide a very reassuring and professional service to clients.’

‘The Weightmans London is part of the highly regarded national regulatory team. The London team provide the corporate presence required within the capital, but are fully integrated into the national team and they ‘hunt as a pack’.’

‘Weightmans covers a wide range of excellent quality work. The solicitors are very personable and highly responsive.’

Key clients

Luton Borough Council

Wedge Galvanising

A Care Home Manager