Health and safety in London
Clyde & Co LLP handles health and safety cases for a broad spread of both corporate and insurer clients, with a significant proportion of their cases involving fatalities. The practice draws on lawyers with strong backgrounds in criminal law and prosecution, who have a great deal of expertise facing the police, the Health & Safety Executive and local authorities. The team has particular experience in the rail, energy, healthcare and aviation sectors. Team lead Chris Morrison provides incident-related advice, defence litigation and compliance advice. Legal director Mark Brookes acts for SMEs and individuals in the construction, retail, manufacturing and agricultural sectors. Associates Roger Cartwright and Alan Kells are also recommended.
‘Both the London and Manchester teams have outstanding lawyers – it’s the single best health & safety firm in the UK’
‘The firm employs excellent associates, responds quickly and applies common sense and a tough no-nonsense attitude in an area where some firms sometimes forget HSE cases can have serious criminal consequences. Excellent for corporates and individuals’
‘Chris Morrison is down to earth, unceasingly hard working,has exceptional judgement and is always calm. He is the most effective and customer focused senior lawyer I have ever worked with’
‘Mark Brookes is a rising star in Manchester’
‘The ability to engage with the client at a business and practical level rather than a purely legal level is key and is something Clyde & Co does extremely well’
‘The people that work in the practice, the team ethos they have and the manner in which the team is set up and run are what makes the practice unique.’
‘The best interests of the policyholder / client is at the core of everything they do. Even when they are required to deliver difficult messages, they do so with transparency and professionalism’
‘Honest, hard working, straight talking professionals that are the leaders in their field’
- Successfully defended Olympic Installations Ltd on a workplace fatality following the service of 4 separate enforcement notices by the HSE and prevented a prosecution.
- Provided a series of bespoke health and safety / legal compliance training sessions to more than 600 Airbus managers at sites near Chester and Bristol.
DAC Beachcroft LLP
DAC Beachcroft LLP has extensive experience in sectors including construction, manufacturing, health and the public sector, retail, transport and rail. The team handles matters including responses to major incidents such as industrial explosions, food poisoning outbreaks, multi-party construction site incidents and fires. Practice heads Fiona Gill and Colin Moore advise companies and individuals prosecuted for manslaughter offences, including corporate manslaughter, and assist clients following fatal and serious workplace accidents. The firm has a growing practice acting for private healthcare providers, local authorities and social care providers in large scale inquests.
‘Very strong range of health and safety work in particular in the NHS and the healthcare sector’
‘A very experienced team that works well together, with individual team members who complement each other’
Rydon Maintenance Ltd
Howdens Joinery Co
Robinson & Birdsell
Sector strengths for the health and safety team at DLA Piper include retail, manufacturing, construction and a growing health and social care practice. The department is particularly known for its non-contentious and compliance work, advising clients on risk management matters, but also advises throughout the investigation and prosecution of offences. Teresa Hitchcock, who jointly heads the team with Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry and Neil Bowker, has a broad-ranging practice which covers all areas of health and safety, product safety and food safety law, and regulatory aspects of healthcare and medical devices. Ailish Oxenforth focuses on non-contentious and advisory work. Alastair Clough is also recommended.
‘Teresa Hitchcock’s knowledge is second to none and her advice through experience is always acted on’
‘Ailish Oxenforth is a consummate professional and reacts quickly and accurately to provide the correct advice / action’
Airbus Helicopters S.A.S.
- Advising Airbus Helicopters, manufacturer of the type EC135 T2 Police Scotland helicopter which crashed into the roof of the Clutha Public House in the centre of Glasgow on 29 November 2013, with the loss of ten lives.
DWF's health and safety team handles both contentious and non-contentious advice for a broad client base comprising insurers and large corporates, helping them to avoid litigation and manage risk. Practice head Steffan Groch recently acted as the lead lawyer for the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea in relation to the Grenfell Tower inquiry. The team has a great deal of expertise in the energy, retail, transport, education, healthcare, construction, hotels and leisure, local authority and manufacturing sectors.
‘An excellent level of service. They are approachable and deliver pragmatic and commercially aware solutions even when dealing with the most complex and often sensitive Health and Safety matters
‘Dominic Watkins is superb! He has the ability to translate complex legal issues into a form which is readily understandable by all parties’
‘They adopt a collaborative, client focused and supportive approach’
‘With Hilary Ross and her team I know I’m in the hands of the best lawyer in the business. Hilary sees things from all sides, understands all the issues and always comes up with the practical and pragmatic answer’
‘DWF’s regulatory team in London are regularly instructed for household name clients in cases with the highest public profile. They have exceptional expertise in the law, together with a deep understanding of their clients’ industries and the reputational and business pressures they face’
‘Unrivalled in its knowledge and expertise. I have worked with very few other lawyers/legal teams that fill me with such confidence. They know the real risks for my business. They don’t just give a legal answer; they give pragmatic advice with a clear risk analysis based on actual experience in the sector that I can give straight to the board without hours of translation.’
‘There is no fluff and they are willing to give an opinion and stand by it’
Arcadia Group Limited
Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Marks and Spencer plc
Chubb Insurance Company
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles regulatory defence work for clients in sectors such as manufacturing, construction, energy, leisure and education. Areas of expertise include manslaughter offences (including corporate manslaughter), criminal and regulatory investigations, inquests, fire safety offences and Office of Rail and Road investigations. Tim Hill has extensive experience with energy, chemical and high risk manufacturing clients; he jointly heads the team with Kevin Elliott, who provides strategic advice and developed the firm's Compliance Review product. The department offers a growing proactive consultancy service, which includes policy development, behavioural review and general compliance appraisal. Principal associate Amy Sadro and senior associate Sarah Valentine are also recommended.
Glaxo Smith Kline
Lucozade Ribena Suntory
McCain Foods GB Limited
Sir Robert McAlpine
South Staffordshire PLC
- Advised Sir Robert McAlpine following a fall from height on a construction site which resulted in serious injuries to a contractor. The team negotiated a reduction in culpability and harm category with the HSE, thus reducing the starting point of the fine.
- Assisted Network Rail with a response after the company was recognised as an Interested Person in the inquest into the deaths arising from the Manchester Arena terror bombing in May 2017
- Appointed to carry out a large-scale, complex review of the health and safety culture and operational management structure, across 25 of a diversified industrial company’s UK and Ireland sites.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP concentrates on serious health and safety incidents, and has particular expertise representing large companies facing potential prosecution for corporate manslaughter. The team has strong offerings for clients in the energy and utilities, industrial, transport and development sectors, and handles both civil and criminal proceedings. The practice also undertakes advisory work, with a growing international focus and client base. Howard Watson represents clients in inquests and serious injury and fatality investigations.
‘The only firm you want on speed dial to deal with a problem’
‘Outstanding team with real commercial insight. They know what their large commercial clients need and ensure the advice is tailored appropriately’
‘Howard Watson is superb; very astute, a good tactical thinker, loved by clients and able to give clear, comprehensive advice. A seasoned, calm thinker who is peerless’
‘My ‘go-to’ recommendation for corporate Health and Safety advice’
‘An ability to deliver on point, robust and commercial legal advice’
‘Stand out partner is Howard Watson. He immediately gets the issues and provides great legal and practical advice. He always makes himself available, keeps up to date with legal matters, follows our business and keeps in touch on issues that may be of relevance or interest’
BAE Systems PLC
- Acted on behalf of ITV at the inquest of Mr Dymond, who committed suicide following his appearance on the Jeremy Kyle Show.
- Advised Chevron on several aspects of a case following an explosion at Chevron’s refinery on 2 June 2011, resulting in four fatalities and various personal injuries.
- Acted 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 is particularly known for its work in high profile disasters and for its defence work on behalf of organisations and individuals under investigation. The team acts across a broad span of industries and services, and has strengths in the construction, manufacturing, healthcare, leisure and hospitality and rail sectors. Daniel McShee and Richard Crockford, who have strong track records representing corporate clients in inquests, inquiries and prosecutions, jointly head the team with David Wright, who advises on a wide variety of regulatory defence work. Senior associate Stephanie Power is also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
‘One of the – if not the – biggest players in the insurance health and safety market. They have great strength in depth and are universally respected across the sector’
‘Danny McShee is an exceptional lawyer with great judgement and huge experience. The cleverest health and safety lawyer in any solicitors’ firm anywhere’
‘David Wright is a superb lawyer who is deeply committed to his clients’
‘Richard Crockford will fight like a tiger on his client’s behalf. Nobody does it better’
‘Stephanie Power is one to watch – extremely good and committed to her job’
‘Kennedy’s provides a personal service in a corporate world. They take the time to fully understand the issues before recommending a course of action and they are very willing to discuss alternative approaches. They are clearly very knowledgeable and competent and give you confidence in their advice’
‘Their greatest quality is that they listen. They don’t prejudge an outcome or action. They listen to the full story and take into account the culture and attitude of the company they are working for’
‘Simply the best. Huge strength in depth. Unrivalled experience and expertise across all industry sectors. Loved by clients. There is no other firm which, in my view, matches Kennedys H&S team in this area of practice’
Morrison Utility Services Ltd
Kuehne and Nagel
Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd
Osborne Clarke LLP
The health and safety team at Osborne Clarke LLP handles work including crisis management, inquests and inquiries, internal investigations, corporate health and safety procedures and training, fire safety risk, mental health risk and rail health and safety. Key sector strengths include telecoms, retail and healthcare. Practice head Mary Lawrence has extensive experience in crisis management and contentious issues. Senior associate Jo Forbes has particular experience advising on wellbeing and mental health issues and in providing strategic guidance.
‘Happy to assist on any matter, big or small, which means that Osborne Clarke is our preferred one stop shop for all health and safety law questions’
‘Approachable, reliable, client focused, speedy in response’
‘The entire team are very knowledgeable on H&S matters. They have worked with us for some time and have a wealth of experience about our business, how we operate and our expectations’
‘Mary Lawrence can be completely relied on to give appropriate advice on any issue we may have. She will always respond promptly and provides a sensible workable strategy’
RWE Generation (client for more than 5 years)
Western Power Distribution (client for more than 5 years)
Selfridges & Co
Wales and West Utilities
Leonardo Helicopters (client for more than 5 years)
Vue Entertainment Limited
Eversholt Rail (client for more than 5 years)
Marks and Spencer
St Modwen Properties
Bureau Veritas SA
- Advised RWE in relation to the high-profile Didcot power station collapse, which occurred in February 2016.
- Represented Vue Entertainment Limited following the death of a cinemagoer who became stuck under an electric reclining seat.
- Defended Starbucks in a health and safety prosecution relating to the defective operation of a lift in a store, which resulted in an employee injury.
Pinsent Masons LLP
The London health and safety team at Pinsent Masons LLP is very strong in the construction and transport sectors, and has extensive expertise in building and fire safety, where Laura White is particularly experienced. The department is regularly instructed in high profile, serious and fatal incidents. In addition to its work supporting clients in crisis management matters and in regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, the practice offers a range of advisory and compliance services. Team lead Kevin Bridges has a good deal of experience in food safety and trading law as well as in more general health and safety matters.
‘One of the best health and safety teams in the country’
‘The Health and Safety team at Pinsent Masons offer a comprehensive and dedicated service on complex cases involving larger corporate clients. They are the gold standard for client care and are particularly adept at building a specialist team that is just right for a particular case’
‘Laura White is proactive, approachable, and has a brilliant focus on diversity. She ensures that clients get the best possible team for their needs, seeking out options they may not have realised were even available.
‘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 team combines excellent tactical advice with a strong commercial angle and polished client service’
‘I have been impressed by their thorough preparation, their proactive approach, and their attention to the reputational and commercial aspects of a case, which are often of the greatest importance to clients’
‘Kevin Bridges operates with an exceptional oversight of the practice, always on hand to assist and provide first rate direction to cases. A star partner’
‘Sean Elson rightly enjoys a superb reputation for the depth of his legal knowledge and analysis, coupled with a rare tactical nous for the vicissitudes of litigation’
‘As Pinsents is known as a construction contractors’ firm it has unparalleled experience levels on construction H&S issues. Because of this, it has excellent depth of quality and an outstanding working knowledge of H&S in practice’
Kier Group plc
Morgan Sindall Group plc
Pennon Group plc (Viridor and South West Water)
Crest Nicholson Operations Limited
Wainhomes – NW & SW
Notting Hill Genesis
Intu Properties plc
Seddon Construction Limited
The health and safety team at Shoosmiths LLP predominantly takes direct instructions from corporate clients, to whom it also provides training. Key areas of work range from major disaster response to risk management advice. Practice head Roy Tozer has extensive experience in the oil and gas and construction industries. Other key sectors for the practice include the retail, automotive, petrochemical, transport, manufacturing, food and healthcare industries. Charles Arrand is well-regarded for his expertise in regulatory crime and in dealing with enforcement actions. Senior associate Claire Morrissey is also recommended.
‘Genuine openness and candour between all levels of the team’
‘Shoosmiths richly deserves its excellent reputation in this area. It has a highly experienced team of partners, ably-supported by excellent associates, who are able to offer a superb service to their clients’
‘So easy to deal with in terms of giving you a straightforward, commercial answer and stripping back all the irrelevant jargon. They are always prompt in their responses and can be reached at all hours in cases of urgent need! I wouldn’t go anywhere else for assistance’
‘Phil Ryan has been a tremendous source of assistance where needed and a valuable sounding board. He is a common sense, commercially focused lawyer who has the ability to break down complicated topic areas. He is my go to lawyer in this area’
‘A class outfit; from partners to paralegals, they have lawyers who actually understand H&S law and have genuine, credible practices. In an age when so many law firms dabble in this space and claim to have the experience, it is nice to find a firm that actually does’
‘Roy Tozer is one of the Godfathers of H&S law. Highly sought after by companies and company officers in times of crisis. Cool, clam and collected whatever the issue. The type of H&S partner that all corporates want on their side, and others only wish they had called first’
‘Hayley Saunders – strong interpersonal skills and an excellent work ethic.Somebody who is pragmatic but at the same times fights tooth and nail for her client’s best interests’
‘Phil Ryan is measured and unassuming. A real thought leader’
Calor Gas Ltd
Burges Salmon LLP is particularly known for its health and safety work in the rail sector, and has a great deal of experience handling serious accidents. Team lead Ann Metherall has significant expertise in rail sector health and safety and a background as a Chartered Civil Engineer. The department boasts a specialist food safety group which handles issues including regulatory compliance, contamination, product liability and product recall. Apart from its rail and food safety work, the practice also has a strong offering in the construction, chemicals, manufacturing, renewables and advanced engineering sectors.
The Crown Estate
London and South Eastern Railways
John Lewis Partnership plc
- Advised one of the core participants in the Inquiry further to the Grenfell tower disaster, providing support with their collation, review and analysis of evidence for submission to the Inquiry.
- Advised a leading construction company in connection with an HSE investigation into a road bridge collapse incident, including a highly detailed Interview Under Caution response. The HSE decided not to prosecute.
- Advised client on its response to challenging and sensitive investigations by the Coroner, British Transport Police, and Office of Rail and Road following the high profile death of a passenger, and at the inquest and subsequent prosecution.
The health and safety department at CMS has a particularly strong offering in the energy sector, and has experience advising on offshore fatalities and gas releases occurring in the North Sea. The team also handles work in other sectors with a high risk of injury, including construction, waste and recycling, manufacturing and transport. Lukas Rootman offers support in regulatory matters and advisory work. Regulatory compliance experience within the team includes developing energy technologies such as offshore wind farms, wave energy and hydraulic fracturing. Jan Burgess advises clients on compliance, regulatory risk and investigations by public regulatory authorities.
‘You get the resources of a very large team, but with the personality and unique sector knowledge that was essential to the component firms pre-merger. Partners here know everything about widgets and valves in high risk industrial sectors and that can relate to clients well’
‘Partners genuinely empathise with their clients and understand the working environment and pressures of the people that come to them for solutions’
‘Ferociously hard working’
‘ Lukas Rootman never stops until he has achieved all he can for a client. An extremely tenacious operator’
Key areas of work for the team at Gowling WLG include defending civil and criminal litigation, investigations by authorities and advising on internal investigations. The practice handles corporate and gross negligence manslaughter matters, inquests and risk management. The department has a strong offering for clients in the construction, aerospace and defence, food, health and social care sectors. Practice head Andrew Litchfield has a great deal of experience handling inquests, coroners' proceedings and HSE investigations.
Other key lawyers:
Bakkavor Foods Ltd
Odeon Cinemas Limited
E Manton Limited
Bloor Homes Limited
Kingspan Insulation Ltd
The Channel Tunnel Group Ltd/Eurotunnel
A F Blakemore and Son Ltd
Ford Motor Company UK Limited
CEMEX UK Operations Limited
Integral UK Limited
Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited
DMG Technical Limited
Plexus Law supports both corporate and insurer clients in accident investigations and prosecutions, and in immediate post-incident management advice. More specialist areas of work include advising on deaths in foreign jurisdictions on behalf of tour operators and insurers; on deaths in nursing homes, residential homes and in custody; and advising healthcare providers on regulatory investigations. Philip Tracey specialises in occupational health claims such as asbestos and stress-related matters. The team has a strong offering for clients in the construction, manufacturing, sports, education and childcare, and marine sectors.
‘Their strength lies in their vast experience over decades dealing with a whole host of organisations, senior management and directors, across a multitude of industries and services’
‘Get to the root of a problem quickly, and tailor the necessary advice and actions. This is always based on detail, and a realistic approach to best outcomes. Pro-active approach pays dividends’
‘Approachable, inclusive and able to be ahead. This is down to meticulous preparation and consistent communication. There is also a commercial awareness in the insurance market which adds to the high level advice and actions undertaken on behalf of their clients. Client focused in every sense’
‘Excellent firm with great reputation for doing their utmost for the client’
‘Anthony Baker is a leading light when it comes to defending companies. Excellent communication and very able lawyer’
Direct Line Group (NIG)
Rugby Football Union (RFU)
Bovis Homes Ltd
Homes for Haringey
HDI Global Insurance Company
China Taiping Insurance Company
- Defended AIG in a claim in excess of £700,000 and an associated civil claim.
- Defended a claim against Seetru Ltd, resulting in HSE pursuing the sub-contractor instead
RPC's health and safety team is able to provide clients with multidisciplinary and specialist advice in a broad range of areas. Gavin Reese heads the regulatory team, while Nick McMahon has extensive experience in healthcare, retail and construction and in acting on high profile cases. The team is often brought in on fatalities, including gross negligence and corporate manslaughter investigations, and in other significant accidents such as road disasters, explosions and building collapses. The practice's insurance expertise is a distinguishing factor, with many instructions coming through liability or professional indemnity policies. Associate Mamata Dutta advises across sectors including construction, manufacturing and facilities management.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very professional and personable. Their knowledge and detailed explanations show that they are experts in their field and this is very reassuring’
‘Very good at taking time to explain processes and regulations clearly, ensuring we have a good understanding’
‘Knowledgeable, supportive, strong communication, straightforward and personable’
‘Nick McMahon is exceptional. Approachable, experienced, confident and knowledgeable as well as prompt and clear. He is always happy to answer questions and provide additional information or detail’
‘Their insight, advice, feedback and support has been incredibly valuable and reassuring to our business. Some lawyers can be quite formal and structured in their approach and we really appreciated the fluency of RPC’s communication and their friendly, supportive approach’
‘Mamata Dutta is a real litigator, with a huge wealth of experience, thoughtful and diligent. Her client skills are excellent and her mastery of case information second to none. Highly sought after in difficult, fatal accident investigations’
‘Great team with real commercial insight. They know what their commercial clients need and ensure the advice is tailored appropriately. Great relationship with insurers funding the litigation’
‘Gavin Reese is very astute, a good tactical thinker, and able to give clear, comprehensive advice. An encyclopedic knowledge of the law and excellent judgement’
- Successfully defended the former of director of a construction company at trial, who was prosecuted after an employee fell from height during a loft conversion.
- Represented a flooring manufacturer during a prosecution by the HSE and an Inquest following an incident where a professional was overcome with fumes during the use of a product during flooring installation.
- Represented an engineering company during an investigation by the HSE following several failures to guard heavy duty plant and machinery, including preparing written submissions, following which the HSE confirmed they would take no further action.
The health and safety group at Squire Patton Boggs is known for its work in the entertainment, life sciences, food and drink and charity sectors. The practice also has a strong offering for clients in the construction, manufacturing, chemicals and energy industries. Team lead Rob Elvin focuses on corporate defence and has extensive expertise in accident investigations, as well as in providing companies and directors with health and safety training. Robert Biddlecombe is an expert in facilities management-related matters and advises clients with substantial property portfolios, as well as assisting with compliance following large real estate transactions.
‘Rob Elvin is very knowledgeable, very seasoned – he has a huge amount of experience’
‘ SPB provide a source of information and direction which enables our business to make informed choices as to the decisions we make with regards our legal duties and its implementation. Their ability to be contactable at a moment’s notice has been a key feature and the ability to expand our communication net to their overseas offices via our UK contact has proved decisive in understanding how other foreign legislative requirements can be met’
‘Gary Lewis provides us with an unbiased opinion based on how and what the legal system requires of us and how to fulfil our duties as an employer. He is considered a highly valuable member of our business’
Ei Group Plc (formerly known as Enterprise Inns)
Suez Plc (and subsidiary)
National Grid Gas Plc
Bayer Crop Science
- Advised Mamas and Papas on a global child seat recall matter in relation to products that were found to be defective, including advice on the applicable safety laws, risk strategy and recall procedure and the recall itself. Representation included prosecution and confiscation proceedings.
- Represented Aeros Global Limited in relation to a fatal air crash involving a light aircraft. This involved the senior flying instructor and a student whilst conducting a positioning flight between Coventry airport and Gloucester airport.
- Represented Minteq UK Limited in relation to HSE investigation following a fatal accident in the workplace whereby the client’s health and safety manager was struck by a forklift truck, sustaining fatal injuries.
The health and safety practice at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has extensive expertise in the transport, retail and oil & gas sectors. Senior associate Stephen Panton is recommended for clients in the the waste, construction, energy and manufacturing sectors in particular. Key work includes advising on internal investigations, occupational health prosecutions and prosecutions arising from fatal accidents. Practice head Jon Cooper is known for both prosecution and defence work, with specialist knowledge of Crown Censure proceedings and Crown Notices. He also has a good deal of experience in public inquiries with a health and safety component.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has immense experience and expertise in Health and Safety . It’s become our go-to team over the years. We are safe in the knowledge that they are always there to support us anytime’
‘Stephen Panton has shown us what dedication and client care mean’
‘Jon Cooper is without doubt one of the country’s leading practitioners in this field. A superb strategist who gets to the heart of a case, he is exceptional in terms of his knowledge and approach’
Babcock International Group (including Babcock Networks, Babcock Rail and Babcock Marine (DRDL))
Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
Post Office Limited
Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited
Calderys UK Limited
Princess Yachts Limited
- Advised the HSE in connection with the prosecution arising from the explosions at Pembroke Oil Refinery in June 2011 resulting in multiple deaths.
- Advised Carlsberg in relation to an ongoing Police and Health and Safety Executive investigation into a very serious incident which occurred at the company’s brewery in Northampton in 2016.
- Advised Squibb Group Limited in connection with a prosecution brought by HSE relating to alleged exposure of employees and others in the refurbishment of school premises in East London.
The health and safety group at Addleshaw Goddard frequently represents clients facing enforcement actions or prosecutions. Key sectors for the practice include construction, engineering, health and social care and retail. The team also provides due diligence support, compliance advice, reviews, risk management and training. Practice head Erin Shoesmith has extensive experience in contentious matters and reputation management. David Young is known for his expertise in crisis management, work-related deaths, food safety, and environmental incidents.
Eddie Stobart Limited
Nazareth Care Charitable Trust
AAH Pharmaceuticals Limited
Skanska Construction UK Limited and Morrison Utility
Manchester Metropolitan University
Barclays Bank Plc
Mamas and Papas
Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc
- Acted in both the Grenfell Tower and Manchester Arena inquiries.
- Represented a catering company in a fire safety prosecution brought by Rotherham Borough Council in relation to an evacuation of members of public on non-match day at Rotherham United’s Football stadium in 2015.
- Represented a registered charity in a health and safety prosecution arising out of a fatal incident in which an 87 year old resident fell down a set of stairs at their care home in May 2017.
BCL Solicitors LLP focuses on contentious health & safety work, advising businesses and directors on serious allegations such as corporate manslaughter, fatal accidents, fire safety incidents, environmental protection and food safety matters, where Richard Reichman plays a key role. Reichman also supports and defends clients in the entertainment sector. Practice head Guy Bastable has significant experience advising on inquests, investigations and in defending prosecutions. The group draws on a deep knowledge of corporate crime and regulatory investigations, and is known for dealing with cases involving aggressive action by prosecuting authorities.
Other key lawyers:
‘Rooted in criminal law and a reputation for being fearless. The standard of client care and legal ability is outstanding’
‘Genuinely care about the client. They understand that people are involved even if they are GCs or Directors and really get the emotional impact that an accident at work has on everyone’
‘Guy Bastable is very commercial and is a real expert in health and safety law, able to bring a real perspective to the advice he delivers. A master tactician. he quickly grasps the issues and will carefully consider the best strategy in order to secure the best outcome. He will often see tactics and angles in a case that others miss and never shies away from a fight if needed’
‘As a team, they are able to talk to any boardroom and gain its respect and trust. A first class performer.’
‘Richard Reichman knows his cases inside out. He is detailed, thorough and careful to ensure that no mistakes are made when presenting his clients’ cases. A superb lawyer – charming, charismatic and effective’
‘Tom McNeill gets on incredibly well with clients. Knows his cases very well and grasps the nuances of different approaches’
‘Adopt a forensic evidence-testing approach’
Celsa Manufacturing (UK) Limited
Options Energy Resource LLP
- Advised Celsa Manufacturing, a global steel producer, in relation to its defence of the HSE prosecution following a double fatal explosion at its steelworks
- Advised Options Energy Resource, a utilities company, in relation to the HSE prosecution after a worker was fatally electrocuted during contact with overhead powerlines.
- Advising one of the UK’s 12 water and sewage companies regarding a criminal investigation undertaken by the Environment Agency and a two-year regulatory investigation by Ofwat.
Blackfords LLP offers health and safety advice to clients in the construction, education, energy, waste, rail and healthcare sectors. The team receives instructions from care homes and from individual employees and handles cases arising out of workplace incidents. Practice head Gary Rubin has extensive experience defending HSE investigations and prosecutions. Other key areas of expertise for the group include gross negligence manslaughter and corporate manslaughter, coroners’ inquests and regulatory offences.
‘ Gary Rubin is one of the best and most experienced health & safety lawyers in the market. Years of experience and perfect judgement mean that the client is guaranteed a detailed and professional first class service from Blackfords. The whole team is hugely approachable and always available on the end of a phone. They offer sound and practical advice and are always up for a fight’
‘Blackfords’ Health and Safety team take on the cases other specialist firms seem to avoid – they offer specialist services to individuals and small businesses that would otherwise be out of their reach with the same level of professionalism and service that would be offered to larger corporate and private clients. They bring extensive experience of criminal law to health and safety in the criminal courts’
‘Gary Rubin is wholly invested in his cases and knows them top to bottom from day one. He is particularly skilled in dealing with the early stages of an investigation, including interview, and excels at ensuring equality of arms for his publicly funded clients. He goes above and beyond for every client, making sure no stone is left unturned in giving them the best possible defence’
‘A firm that is dedicated to achieving optimal results for its clients whilst maintaining a realistic and commercial eye towards the risks of litigation that effect both companies and particularly human defendants’
‘Philip Williams is a tactical master with a wonderfully diplomatic approach that literally pulls clients along and ensures that sensible and pragmatic decisions are made from the outset. He is adept at handling both large corporations or individuals. In short he is a class act’
‘Unlike most firms in the health and safety arena, rather than coming from an insurance background, the Blackfords’ team comprises true criminal lawyers who not only know their health and safety law but are experts in criminal procedure and tactics. This is particularly important given the ever increasing fines against companies and the greater likelihood for individuals convicted of H&S offences receiving a custodial sentence’
- Acted for the tram driver in relation to an ongoing ORR investigation into the incident at Sandilands, Croydon in November 2016, and the inquest into the deaths of seven people killed in the crash.
- Acted for construction consultants in relation to criminal and health and safety at work allegations arising out of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
- Acted for a construction manager in connection with allegations following the fatality of a groundworker, working in a confined space on a housing construction site.
The health and safety group at Dentons assists clients with regulatory advice, enforcement and prosecution defence and transactional support, especially with relation to insolvency situations. Stephen Shergold has particular expertise in relation to chemical safety and equipment safety. Malcolm Gunnyeon is known for advising clients in the food and beverage, oil and gas and rail sectors. Other key industries for the department include healthcare and care homes, manufacturing, power, waste, insurance, chemicals and real estate development.
‘Malcolm Gunnyeon is an exceptional solicitor, always ensuring that the client gets the best personal service. He provides a Rolls Royce service’
Official Receiver / PwC – in connection with the insolvency of Carillion
Group One Automotive
The Edrington Group Limited
John Lewis & Partners
Baxters Food Group Limited
Avis Budget Group
Menzies Distribution Limited
Zenith Bank (UK) Limited
Holland & Barrett Retail Limited
- Defended a care home in a prosecution following the death of a resident.
- Assisted a care home with the police, internal and HSE investigations of an incident in which one of the client’s employees was sexually assaulted by a service user whilst working in that person’s home.
- Represented a client in a prosecution arising from one of the client’s employees suffering a crush injury whilst transporting a piece of equipment at work.
Fieldfisher provides clients with regulatory and compliance advice with the aim of reducing risk and liability resulting from accidents at work. The team defends clients in criminal investigations, including corporate manslaughter, conducts internal investigations and defends civil claims for compensation. Andrew Sanderson focuses his practice on the transport and defence sectors. Other key industries for the team include health and social care and energy.
Other key lawyers:
‘A combination of professional expertise and a genuine concern for client welfare’
‘The team are all experts in their area with unrivalled industry knowledge. Their professionalism is second to none with no request being too big or too small’
‘Andrew Sanderson is a very calm and capable ‘fixer’in multiparty disputes requiring a firm hand and oversight- very knowledgeable about putting clients in the best position to maximise litigation advantage’
National Security and Resilience Consortium
- Provided strategic advice and representation to the National Security and Resilience Consortium, in relation to advisory and contentious health and safety matters.
- Provided strategic advice and representation in relation to advisory and contentious health and safety matters to Road Skills members.
- Provided strategic advice and representation in relation to advisory and contentious health and safety matters to Route One members.
The health and safety group at Kingsley Napley LLP is well-known for representing individuals under investigation in relation to serious and often fatal accidents. It is also increasingly acting for corporates and public sector bodies. The practice handles criminal investigations and inquestsand advises on fire safety, environmental protection and safeguarding. Team lead Jonathan Grimes has experience in cases investigated by the Marine and Coastguard Agency, the Civil Aviation Authority and Air Accident Investigation Branch.
‘Excellent at defending directors or individuals prosecuted for health and safety and regulatory offences’
‘Would I use this firm if I or a member of my family was in trouble? Absolutely, yes! They would probably be the first firm I would go to’
‘Melinka Berridge draws on her experience as a prosecutor and former in-house lawyer to provide high quality, pragmatic advice and representation to clients . She has a keen intellect which enables her to assess complex legal and factual issues quickly. Her judgement is impeccable and she is highly sought after for the commitment she gives to clients’
‘Jonathan Grimes gives very thoughtful, clear advice and is equally at ease dealing with the directors of an international business as with individual employees. I was especially impressed by his ability to cut through complicated expert evidence to identify the key strengths and weaknesses. He is excellent with clients and has a touch of steel.’
‘Hannah Eales is a complete star in health & safety, especially fire work. She is really making a name for herself in this area. A real hard worker who takes care to understand the case and the client, offering very much a bespoke service. There is no “one size fits all” here’
London Fire Brigade/London Fire Commissioner (LFB)
The team at Norton Rose Fulbright handles major accidents, incidents and occupational health and safety matters. The practice has a strong offering for clients in the energy, utilities, transport and construction sectors. Other key areas of work regulatory compliance advice, crisis response for the energy industry and a growing area of product safety and chemical safety. Caroline May has extensive experience with asbestos cases and industrial accidents.
‘Caroline May is very thorough and has an excellent tactical perspective. She is a pleasure to work with as well’
‘Excellent. Very knowledgeable in all areas and a good pragmatic approach’
‘The team is very personal, offering a relaxed atmosphere to discuss cases, whilst remaining focused on the detail. I find them excellent at removing stress and delivering outcomes over quick timeframes’
‘Lucy Bruce-Jones develops long-term professional relationships so understands one’s personal and corporate goals. Technical project leadership and delivery with a very human understanding’
Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB)
Tokyo Electron Europe Limited
DP World, London Gateway
Crest Nicholson Plc
The health and safety group at Weightmans LLP handles work on behalf of care homes, schools, local authorities and law enforcement agencies. Senior partner David Lewis is known for his work advising public bodies, Dewi Ap Thomas heads the regulatory team from the Liverpool office; he specialises in criminal and coronial work. Crispin Kenyon has significant experience in the construction, waste management, printing and manufacturing sectors. Lili Oliver joined in December 2019 from Clyde & Co LLP.
- Represented a large construction company in a fatal accident case involving fall from height.
Beale & Co specialises in advising clients in the construction, infrastructure and insurance sectors. The team handles investigations and enforcement actions brought by a range of authorities, and is well equipped to advise on fire safety and environmental legislation. Sheena Sood is experienced in matters arising from fatalities or accidents on site.
Small dynamic team who know their stuff. Provide good guidance and direction on key issues.
Erudite, professional, available and thorough.
Highly experienced and sophisticated litigation operators who have turned their hand neatly, over the years, to gain experience in the criminal regulatory field. The strength of the team is their experience handling design and engineering related issues over so many years.
Sheena Sood has enormous experience in terms of construction-related issues, more recently including criminal aspects. She has been involved in advising in relation to many major criminal investigations into safety related issues.
Jo Lewis is extraordinarily hardworking and dedicated. She understands the law and the practical realities from the client’s perspective. She gives the impression that no matter what comes along, she has seen it before and has already prepared for it. I cannot stress how important that is for a client who is not used these types of proceedings
Bevan Brittan LLP's health and safety group provides a full range of compliance and due diligence support. The team also handles issues arising from serious accidents, including investigations by regulatory bodies, enforcement actions and interviews under caution. Practice head Adam Kendall is known for acting on behalf of insurance, healthcare, local authority and large corporate clients.
BLM has a great deal of sector knowledge in manufacturing, construction and social care, and handles complex fatal accident investigations and inquests. The practice is recommended for insurers and brokers with national practice head Helen Devery also heading the firm's brokerage group. Bob Davies specialises in criminal regulatory work and coronial proceedings.
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‘The great strength of the BLM London team is that for a City firm they are remarkably approachable and incredibly un-stuffy. They have great communication skills with clients that range from major PLCs to one-man traders. They treat each and every client the same no matter how big or how small’
‘Extremely good at putting clients at ease and explaining complex issues in a clear, concise and easy to understand manner. Client care is at the very heart of all that they do’
‘Peter James is a doyen of the Health and Safety insurers world. Charming, easy to work with and there’s very little about Health and Safety that he doesn’t know! Tactically astute, he has a quiet and confident calm in his approach to all his cases’
‘The BLM team enjoys great strength and depth and quality experience throughout. 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’
‘Helen Devery is a field leader in every respect, with a singular tactical grasp of her cases’
‘The team is consistently strong, with wide-ranging expertise and BLM are one of the leading firms for insurance-funded health and safety work.
‘I was particularly impressed by Diana Goldstein. She was able to help the client understand what was needed, keep them on board despite their frustration with the situation they found themselves in, and build a good working relationship, all of which paid off in an excellent result in the end’
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's key strengths lie in advising clients, particularly property developers and utility companies, on building and facilities safety, particularly fire safety, cladding and asbestos issues. The team also assists with health and safety due diligence relating to corporate and real estate transactions. Craig Baylis is an experienced advocate, having previously acted for the HSE.
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If you have a serious H&S issue, they should be top of the list to assist.
Their depth of knowledge of the H&S sector is a given, but the ease with which they liaise with external counsel instils great confidence in achieving the best possible outcome. Also excellent on licensing issues with local authorities, where the same detailed knowledge and long-term relationships are leveraged to the client’s benefit.
Jeremy Bark is an expert in both H&S work and licensing and always delivers the right result for the client.
Halite Energy Group
Brasserie Blanc/White Brasserie
Fisher Scoggins Waters LLP
Fisher Scoggins Waters LLP provides clients with an emergency response service, internal investigation advice, support through HSE and police investigations and prosecutions, representation at inquests and risk and safety management advice. Mark Scoggins has extensive experience in the construction, chemicals, transport, waste management and water sectors; Michael Appleby defends companies, directors and individuals.
Good understanding of both the civil law aspects and also expertise in the criminal arena. There is also the additional feature of having an in-house risk & safety consultant.
The team can offer salient, clear and practical advice on major incidents, HSE offences & investigations and environmental issues. Although small in size this in no way detracts from its ability to attract large corporate clients as well as individuals that need advice & representation.
Mike Appleby is an exceptional lawyer with unparalleled knowledge in relation to Health & safety law. Not only does he have a full command of the regulations, but in particular an understanding of “risk”. He is a battle-hardened criminal practitioner and excellent tactician. Underestimate him at your peril.
Considered at all times, very interactive with the client team, experienced, good at managing up as well as down.
Able to provide clear, practical advice based on a good understanding of our risk profile and the activities that we undertake.
Punches well about its weight. Clients get partner attention at all times
Mark Scoggins – years of experience in this field and a masterly grasp of the law.
Severn Trent Water
London Container Terminal Tilbury Ltd
Keoghs LLP deals with health and safety and environmental offences, fire safety breaches and care sector-related investigations. The team also provides compliance advice and reviews and audits of safety systems. Chris Newton has extensive experience representing clients in gross negligence, manslaughter and corporate manslaughter cases. The team acts for clients in the construction, real estate and food sectors, as well as on behalf of religious organisations.
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Keoghs impress with their quick responses and pragmatic approach to cases
Nina Dhillon is tenacious. She is very strong in her approach with cases and pragmatic in her advice. Her honesty and knowledge of the processes involved has helped us enormously.
Catholic Insurance Services
The health and safety team at Russell-Cooke LLP has a strong offering for clients in the construction, real estate, retail and charity sectors, as well as for trustees and insolvency practitioners. Kizzy Augustin provides both contentious advice stemming from incidents and preventative consultancy advice. The team regularly handles investigations by the regulatory authorities.
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