The health and safety team at Burges Salmon LLP offers broad sector expertise drawing on resources from across the firm. The team has an especially strong presence in relation to the transport and food sectors, while also doing a significant amount of work for the construction, water, chemicals and renewables clients. All lawyers on the team are experienced civil litigators with a regulatory specialism, allowing them to act on both the criminal and civil issues arising from serious health and safety incidents. Ann Metherall leads the team and is one of the UK’s top names in the rail sector for health and safety issues. Recent addition Guy Bastable is the former head of corporate crime at BCL Solicitors LLP and Sian Edmunds is a leading expert in health and safety issues relating to food and drink. Senior associate Charlotte Whitaker is regularly involved in high profile investigations and litigations under intense public scrutiny.
Health and safety in London
Other key lawyers:
Sian Edmunds; Guy Bastable; Charlotte Whitaker
‘Guy Bastable – longstanding experience in this field, highly regarded by his peers.’
‘Charlotte Whitaker is a stand-out lawyer – she takes the time to “get” us and is very much an extension of the internal team. Her style fits exactly how we work and it is a pleasure to work with her.’
‘Ann Metherall has impeccable judgment and knows what issues to fight and where to give ground.’
‘Ann Metherall is hugely knowledgeable, tactically astute and manages client concerns with sensitivity and care. Never loses sight of the bigger picture.’
‘Charlotte Whitaker is an outstanding lawyer. Extremely capable, with the ability to manage the largest and most complex cases. Clients appreciate her quality of work, responsiveness, and tact in dealing with sensitive issues.’
‘Ann Metherall – a superb, shrewd, senior leader, with the great knowledge and experience of complex cases.’
Charlotte Whitaker – a great team leader, always hardworking and ahead of the issues.’
‘Guy Bastable knows every brief inside out and is a very tough negotiator.’
The Crown Estate
John Lewis Partnership plc
- 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.
- Acting for an energy company in relation to a multi-fatality incident during investigations by the police, safety regulator and Coroner.
Clyde & Co
Clyde & Co offers one of the largest health and safety departments in the UK, taking on an extremely high volume of cases for defendant companies and their insurers. This is expanded by the firm’s recent merger with BLM, which brings across a high number of insurance experts to enhance their broad offering. Manchester-based UK safety, health and environment head Chris Morrison is retained by a number of global companies to provide advice on training and compliance, while former BLM partner Peter James heads the London safety, health and environment team. Mark Brookes is a leading lawyer in the regulatory field and handles high profile health and safety cases involving fatalities, corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter. Richard Crockford specialises in high profile manslaughter and regulatory defence matters in the rail, health, waste and public service industries. On the associate side, Alan Kells and Stephanie Lunt are important figures.
Other key lawyers:
Rod Hunt; Richard Crockford; Mark Brookes; Stephanie Lunt; Peter James; Diana Hardesty
‘Chris Morrison, calm, never phased and massively experienced. Committed to his clients and practical in his advice.’
‘Stephanie Lunt is an enormously diligent associate who leaves no stone unturned in any case. Clients simply love her dedication and her pragmatic approach to cases. For barristers, she is the perfect instructing solicitor – everything you need is delivered on a plate.’
‘Clyde & Co represents some of the largest corporate clients in the UK in HSE investigations. It has an excellent working relationship with the market’s leading insurers and the team is outstanding – they are all excellent lawyers who remain calm under the intense pressure that can come with the territory.’
‘Chris Morrison leads the HSE team at Clyde & Co. He has an excellent relationship with Boards and insurers, and is one of the most commercially astute lawyers you will meet.’
‘Rod Hunt is staggeringly good and is the complete package – he works like a warrior, he’s very calm under pressure and always easy to get on with, he’s bright and knowledgeable on the law, agile and creative with solutions to problems but realistic with his advice. He advises and represents large corporate clients in environmental enforcement cases.’
‘Stephanie Lunt is smart as a whip, with top draw client care skills. She handles complex cases involving large corporate group structures, including cases with a cross-border dimension.’
‘Mark Brookes is one of the best lawyers around. He is court-savvy and an utterly invaluable member to have on the team. He has an incredible work ethic and is very popular with clients.’
Beaufort Maintenance Ltd
- Ongoing representation of Beaufort Maintenance Ltd, specialist conveyor contractors, in respect of the Police/HSE investigation following the Avonmouth waste treatment plant explosion of December 2020 which tragically killed 4 workers.
- Represented 21 CC Group Limited, a national events services business, at a 5 day hearing, in respect of a successful appeal of a Prohibition Notice served by the HSE regarding the picking and storage of fireworks.
- Mentor Legal Advisors to one of the largest Health & Safety Consultancies in the UK including the representation of any Mentor businesses subject to regulatory investigation. Representation in respect of enforcement notice appeals and prosecutions in the criminal courts.
DAC Beachcroft LLP
The safety, health and environment team at DAC Beachcroft LLP has a strong reputation for representing clients in high profile corporate manslaughter cases on an international level. Key industries for the team are construction, real estate, manufacturing, healthcare and retail, with a specialism in advising clients on their compliance with environmental law. Colin Moore has significant experience in corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter cases and often provides representation at PACE interview. He co-leads the firm with Fiona Gill, an expert on post-Brexit regulatory requirements who provides representation to clients in relation to inquests involving the Human Rights Act. Associate Claire Moore also works for clients across the team’s core sectors and Roger Cartwright has recently joined the team.
Fiona Gill; Colin Moore
Other key lawyers:
Toby Roche; Roger Cartwright; Claire Moore
‘A hard-working and efficient time that provide excellent, timely and practical advice.’
‘Claire Moore – a fantastic legal brain and tactical judgement that is second to none!’
‘The partner I worked with Colin Moore was very focused and very Knowledgeable in his field. He was so calming and polite and made the whole experience of going to court much more bearable’
‘Fiona Gill – very knowledgeable and experienced partner, well liked by clients (particularly insurers)’
‘Highly knowledgeable, clear advice, straight-talking.’
‘Always happy to be alongside this team in H&S cases; strong on the right advice for clients and pragmatic in their dealings with other parties.’
Rydon Maintenance Ltd
Howdens Joinery Co
Robinson & Birdsell
Crown Commercial Services
DWF's health and safety team are involved in some of the most difficult and high profile cases in the sector, including supporting the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on the Grenfell Tower fire. It offers compliance advice and litigation expertise to clients across the UK in the construction, retail, insurance and manufacturing sectors. Steffan Groch is a crisis management expert, as well as the former chair of the Health and Safety Lawyers' Association. Dominic Watkins specialises in providing regulatory advice to global and national clients in the retail and food sectors, while Hilary Ross helps large corporates create health and safety strategies for their employees.
Steffan Groch; Dominic Watkins; Hilary Ross
Other key lawyers:
Anne Marie taylor; James Jevon; Claire Notley
‘A fantastic Regulatory Safety Team with extensive expertise deployed with total dedication, always on hand providing high level support, guidance and direction at every stage post serious incident.’
‘Huge experience, credibility and relevant expertise coupled with complete dedication, available 24/7. All of which inspires confidence and assurance especially in testing times.’
Wm Morrisons Group PLC
C&C Group ( Tennents, Mathew Clarke)
Severn Trent Water
Royal Borough of Chelsea & Westminster
- Instructed by RBKC on the morning of 14 June 2017 following the fire at Grenfell Tower which tragically caused 71 fatalities.
- Standing counsel for regulatory crisis for several national supermarkets. Despite several prosecutions and many investigations our client has never been convicted during the 8 years we have represented them.
- Defended prosecution at a nearly 10 week trial regarding a fatal accident involving a child at a Topshop store in 2017 that related a close examination of the history of the barrier in question nationwide for the 10 years it was in the business
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's environment, health and safety team provides global coverage to clients on some of the most high profile and sensitive issues in the sector. As well as this, the team offers a strong expertise in handling non-contentious assurance and compliance work. An internal merger with the investigations and inquiries team has doubled the size of the team and expanded its offering even further. Paul Verrico has recently taken over as team leader and is a fellow of the Institute of Risk and Safety Management. Tim Hill handles high hazard cases for clients within the nuclear, oil, gas, chemical and manufacturing sectors. Solicitors Amy Sadro and Sarah Valentine are both important figures on the team.
Other key lawyers:
Tim Hill; Amy Sadro; Sarah Valentine
‘Eversheds have been for many years the market leader in this field, and deliver a corporate approach towards criminal health and safety litigation. They provide first class legal advice and support for the largest companies.’
‘Amy Sadro is a stand out principal associate at the firm, enormously experienced (having cut her teeth for Kennedys) and meticulous in her approach towards cases. Her approach to the detail of cases is second to none. Additionally Tim Hill is a master strategist who has considerable experience in running large scale cases.’
‘Superb, great advisory expertise, very well liked by clients’
‘Paul Verrico – a genuine star in this field, more knowledge of H&S law and cases than anyone else operating in the field Tim Hill – great lawyer with excellent judgment Phil Crosbie – liked by clients, can handle the work of a partner’
‘Excellent team. Broad experience across multiple sectors. Responsive, pragmatic and considered in their approach.’
‘Tim Hill and Amy Sadro. Both are accessible, sensible and balanced in their advice.’
China Light and Power Limited
Bannatyne Fitness Group
Thames Water Utilities Limited
Biffa Waste Services Limited
Northern Gas Networks Limited
Places for People
Northumbrian Water Limited
Cadent Gas Networks
Drax Power Limited
Tarmac Trading Limited
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
With a strong reputation for disputes, the health and safety team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP acts for clients on some of the most serious health and safety incidents with particular expertise in representing large corporate entities facing potential prosecution for corporate manslaughter. Team head Howard Watson has over 25 years experience advising clients on both contentious and non-contentious health and safety issues, especially those stemming from very serious incidents. He is supported by senior associate David Bennett, who works with a broad range of clients in relation to safety regulation and investigations and enforcement by the health and safety executive.
Other key lawyers:
‘As well as providing first-class support in respect of contentious health & safety matters when needed, HSF have also been well-positioned to support us in reviewing corporate governance around health & safety, and in the delivery of legal/H&S team and corporate director training.’
‘The support we get from Howard Watson is first-class. He invests time to understand our business and the technical issues, navigates complexity with laser-like clarity, gets straight to the point and doesn’t pull any punches. He’s willing to roll his sleeves up and get into the detail when needed. He communicates well at both a project and board level.’
‘The HSF team is very experienced and capable, as well as being extremely user friendly.’
‘Howard Watson – He is very experienced and knowledgeable, as well as being responsive and extremely user friendly. He is someone that is very well regarded within our legal function as a very capable and trusted adviser.’
‘Herbert Smith provide a pretty unparalleled service in terms of criminal health and safety litigation, led by their partner Howard Watson and his team. They represent only the largest of companies in some of the most high profile cases that there are in this field.’
‘Howard Watson is a stand out partner in this field. A true litigator who combines enormous experience in both civil product liability and criminal health and safety. He is simply the best litigator I have worked with in over 20 years of working in this field at the highest level. Clients trust him completely as he knows every facet of the case and conveys everything to them in straightforward and frank terms.’
‘Howard Watson–highly engaged in the material details of complex matters. Not always easy to find a lead partner who will devote the necessary attention and have full command of the facts of a case. David Bennett–excellent, timely and detailed support. Never felt like anything was going to be missed.’
BAE Systems PLC
- Acting on behalf of Arup in relation to the various on-going 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' health and safety team is widely regarded for its work as a defence team across many industries and services, particularly construction, manufacturing, rail, hospitality and fire and rescue. The team is also involved in some of the UK's highest profile disaster incidents, including representing the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation in regards to the Grenfell Tower fire. This work is led by team leader Daniel McShee, who is also chair of the Health and Safety Lawyers Association. He is supported by regulatory defence specialist David Wright and legal director Stephanie Power. Prominent senior associates on the team are Susan Cha and Kadie Cooper.
Other key lawyers:
David Wright; Stephanie Power; Kadie Cooper; Susan Cha
Kadie Cooper – very effective and hard-working senior associate, clearly going on to big things’
‘The best team in the Country by virtue of volume of work and quality of work. in most major cases so a great deal of high level experience’
‘Danny McShee – the most in demand solicitor in this field in the country. Outstanding knowledge and tactical awareness’
‘Stephanie Power – is simply outstanding. understands exactly what is required to meet a Prosecution case and a delight to work with’
‘Sue Cha: excellent with clients and gets great results’
‘Susan Cha – completely reliable, doesn’t realise how good she actually is’
‘The team is responsive and client care focused. It provides a pragmatic, expert advice at a cost which sustains long-term relationships without compromising quality of the service.’
‘David Wright is a lawyer who always has a solution to a tricky legal dilemna and is very much client oriented when managing client expectations.’
MD of Wood Treatment Ltd
Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation
St James Group Ltd (part of the Berkeley Group)
Renown Consulting Services
Kuehne and Nagel
Morrison Utility Services Limited
Dyer & Butler
Hills Waste Solutions
- Acting for the Kensington and Chelsea TMO in relation to the Public Inquiry and Criminal investigations being conducted by the Metropolitan Police Service following the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy
- Working to defend the Managing Director of WTL, owner and operators of the Bosley Wood Mill in Cheshire following an explosion that resulted in the death of four people.
- Acting for the developer of a luxury residential development beside the Thames in Central London, in a technically complex case involving a window which fell from the penthouse, fatally injuring a passer-by.
Osborne Clarke LLP‘s health and safety team has been working heavily on Covid-19 compliance work for major clients like ITV plc and the UK Public Service broadcasters, as well as an increasing amount of ESG-related compliance work and fire safety work for real estate clients. This compliments the team’s existing expertise in areas like crisis management, inquests, internal investigations, mental health risk and health and safety training for clients in the UK and abroad. Mary Lawrence leads the team with a specialism in crisis management and contentious health and safety issues. Kate Vickery handles extensive compliance work as well as an expanding amount of compliance advice. Associate Anna Lundy has particular expertise in local authority investigations and crisis management within the consumer and retail sectors.
Other key lawyers:
Katie Vickery; Anna Lundy
‘Osborne Clarke have rapidly become a stylish and slick operator in this field, combining a strong and established reputation in non-contentious advisory work with an emerging respect as a litigator. They have recruited the highest quality litigators to build what is now a first class team led by Mary Lawrence.’
‘Mary Lawrence is a real rainmaker in this field, securing some of the largest clients (Starbucks and ITV as examples) which is outstanding for what is essentially a Bristol firm. She has assembled a very professional team, with Matt Kyle as a stand out operator in this field.’
‘Fantastic team of highly motivated, client focused experts in the field. Go above and beyond to achieve the best result for their clients.’
‘Katie Vickery leads from the front and is superbly supported by Anna Lundy.’
‘OCs approach to diversity makes them relevant as todays legal advisers. The lawyers at OC are approachable, dedicated to doing a good job, flexible and willing to change route if necessary to get a better result. They are on top of current issues and their webinar series are informative and helpful, focusing on topics that are relevant’
‘The individuals I have worked with at OC take the time to get to know their Clients and Client’ employees – this is the case with Mary Lawrence who I know I can pick up the telephone any time and there will be a friendly and supportive voice at the end. Mary is flexible and looks at problems from all angles and wont be bulldozed or intimidated by Counsel if she has a different view.’
ITV plc/ ITV Studios
Western Power Distribution plc
- Supported ITV in leading the preparation of Industry Guidance for the TV production industry to continue filming in Covid-19 and to support them in agreeing draft guidance with the other public service broadcasters (BBC, Sky, Viacom and Channel 4) and then seeking comment and buy in from the four nations governments and other industry consultees before publication via PACT.
- Acted for Vue following a fatal accident when a cinema goer became trapped under a cinema seat. Supported the company in an investigation by the local authority about the incident including witness interviews and provision of information, a week long inquest and then at a sentencing hearing in court in 2021.
Pinsent Masons LLP
Pinsent Masons LLP‘s London health and safety is regularly instructed on serious, high profile incidents, including a number of fatal instructions. It caters for major clients across all sectors, especially those in high hazard industries such as construction, manufacturing, waste and energy. Fire and building safety is an area of growing expertise for the practice adding to a wealth of experience in crisis management, investigations and enforcement action. Team leader Kevin Bridges has experience spanning health and safety, fire safety, food safety and related criminal litigation. He is supported by Laura White, who frequently represents clients at the Magistrates’ Court for health and safety offences. Associate Phil Newton is a rising star who has specialised in criminal regulatory advice for health and safety matters.
Other key lawyers:
Laura White; Phil Newton
‘Attention to detail, availability, expert staff and willingness to use experts out with the firm.’
‘Pinsent Masons have provided legal support to Bewley Homes for a number of years, offering proactive policy based support and reactive assistance ad-hoc advice as necessary. The practice has a breadth of knowledge, enabling concerns or queries to be advised upon directly or efficiently transferred within their team.’
‘Phil Newton makes himself available in a timely manner and provides good verbal advice (and written as required).’
‘Very easy manner and easy to work with. An example is Phil Newton.’
They are absolutely meticulous in preparing the case, identifying the resources required, and instructing the best counsel possible.
‘The team have a well rounded understanding of the issues affecting our business and are always at the end of the phone when we need them.’
‘Kevin Bridges leads the team, and also has excellent support around him. On every HSE investigation, he is the person to have in your corner.’
‘Pinsent Masons are rapidly becoming the market leading firm for criminal health and safety litigation. They are now plainly on a par with Eversheds and are rapidly catching Kennedys in terms of the amount of work they have. Their expertise in this field is unsurpassed.’
Kier Group plc
- Retained by a modest sized professional services LLP in relation to an incident where an employee was injured by a bull at a livestock market.
Shoosmiths LLP‘s regulation, business crime and compliance team is instructed primarily by major corporate clients on all aspects of health and safety work for both defence and prosecution. A close relationship with the firm’s corporate team allows the practice to handle work involving non-contentious compliance, training and audit advice, notably in regards to Brexit changes and due diligence on health and safety systems for corporate deals. Roy Tozer continues to lead the team with a very active practice involving health, safety and environmental cases for the oil, gas, transport and construction sectors. Charles Arrand is an experienced regulatory crime solicitor with particular experience in the retail, hospitality, rail and manufacturing sectors. At the associate level, Joanne Sear and Claire Morrissey are important figures on the team.
Other key lawyers:
Charles Arrand; Claire Morrissey; Hayley Saunders; Phil Ryan; Joanne Sear
‘The team is genuinely collaborative across its platform of branches nationwide. This is actually difficult to achieve and is often undermined by rivalry between London and other branches. In the case of Shoosmiths they seem to have created a very positive and collaborative working environment enabling the necessary talent to be brought to a case. There also seems to be a good availability of talent from Partner to Associate. In fact some of the Principal Associates are very talented.’
‘The thing I found most unique was the Team’s ability to give practical advice and to clearly give an opinion. Often firms will provide you with the risks of different approaches and leave the client to reach a decision on the best way forward but, in this case, we needed some very specific on advice on what course of action needed to be taken and they provided that advice. It was very practical and understood the commercial needs of the business. I was incredibly impressed.’
‘Philip Ryan and Jo Sear are very approachable, highly technical lawyers, who have an ability to translate very heavy legislative provisions into easily digestible bites.’
‘The support and guidance provided by Shoosmith LLP in Health and Safety is underpinned with a significant depth of experience and expertise, that is provided in a timely and considered manner. Moreover, support is rapid and delivered with a great understanding and empathy of prevailing conditions. Partners are unafraid to get out on the ground and live the problem. I have no reservation in recommending their services.’
‘Hayley Saunders is fantastic to work with – responsive, pragmatic, and always provides commercially focused advice. All the qualities you’d expect from private practice lawyer. Highly recommended.’
‘Shoosmiths is a real market leader in this area – and richly deserves its excellent reputation. They have strength in depth: a highly experienced team of partners, ably-supported by a team of associates, who are able to offer an excellent service to their clients. They have buckets of relevant experience – with a number of star individuals. They are deeply committed to their clients’ causes. They go the extra mile – always. It is not surprising, therefore, that they have long-standing relationships with a cadre of loyal clients – whether they be national supermarkets or individual businesses – with whom they enjoy “trusted adviser” status. All in all, I consider them to be among the very best in their field and I very much hope that they are afforded tier 1 status.’
‘Charles Arrand is one of elite. He has unparalleled knowledge and experience of health and safety law. His commercial approach, and excellent judgement, instil huge loyalty in his cadre of blue chip clients.
‘Joanne Sear has great knowledge and understanding of procedure and the dynamics of criminal litigation. She combines great judgement with an incredible capacity for work. It is small wonder, therefore, that she is building a superb reputation for herself in this area. She’s definitely one to watch.’
‘Quite simply the best regulatory team in the country in my opinion. They have great strength in depth and vast experience. Strong across most key regulatory disciplines, particularly health and safety.’
‘Charles Arrand is a stand out solicitor. He knows the sector inside out and is great to work alongside. Hayley Saunders is deeply knowledgeable.’
- Advising a contracting company involved in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower in relation to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the associated regulatory investigations that will continue for years.
- 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. The crash is the subject of a 12 week coroner’s inquest due to commence in April 2021 which, after the Grenfell Tower inquiry and Manchester bombing inquest, is generally regarded as the most important public inquests currently ongoing in the UK.
- Advising a contracting company involved in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower in relation to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the associated regulatory investigations that will continue for years.
The London arm of Addleshaw Goddard‘s health and safety team is led by David Young, who has 30 years of experience representing clients in the energy, transport and manufacturing sectors on high profile incidents such as the Potters Bar rail crash and the Grenfell Tower fire. The team receives instructions from the directors of some of the largest companies in the UK. Practice head Erin Shoesmith is well regarded for her expertise in handling fire safety, product safety, food safety and criminal regulatory defence work. She and David are supported by legal director Adrian Mansbridge and associate Sufia Saqib.
Erin Shoesmith; David Young
Other key lawyers:
Sufia Saqib; Adrian Mansbridge; Priscilla Addo-Quaye
‘Best in class team, great knowledge well implemented.’
‘The Addleshaw Goddard team is simply first class. Collectively they possess extensive knowledge and experience of all aspects of health and safety law.’
‘Addleshaw’s are the go to team for voluminous, complex, high profile cases of all levels of seriousness.’
‘Erin Shoesmith has a deserved reputation as being in the very top drawer. Her dedication to her clients shines through.’
‘Adrian Mansbridge – encyclopedic knowledge and gets to the real detail’
‘Priscilla Addo-Quaye is an exception lawyer whose possessive impressive intellect, capacity for hard work and client relationship skills.’
PGL Travel Limited
Skanska UK Construction Limited
Morrison Utility Services Limited
Scottish Futures Trust
Eddie Stobart Limited
Travelodge Hotels Ltd
Westbridge Furniture Designs Limited
Joseph Ash Limited
Asda Stores Limited
Siemens Plc and Siemens Mobility UK Limited
TI Midwood & Co Limited (Timco)
Bestway Northern Limited
Belfield Furnishings Limited
B Braun Medical Limited
British American Tobacco UK Limited
Highlands and Islands Airport Limited
Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited
Kibble Education and Care Centre
- Currently acting for Core Participants in three of the highest profile public inquiries in recent history, the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry, the Manchester Arena Bombing Inquiry and the Scottish Hospitals Inquiry.
- Acting for Siemens during a BTP and ORR investigation and the Coroner’s inquest. Since then AG has been advising Siemens as the prosecution progressed towards a final hearing.
- Acting for Eddie Stobart Limited in the defence of a HSE (Health & Safety Executive) prosecution arising out of the Control of Asbestos Regulations.
Operating as part of the firm’s larger business crime and regulation department, BCL Solicitors LLP‘s health and safety team is instructed on high profile regulatory and criminal cases, as well as matters involving corporate manslaughter, fire safety; food safety and environmental protection. The team’s focus is on contentious criminal and regulatory matters, with the intent to end investigations before they start. Richard Reichman leads the team and is often instructed in cases that require a deep knowledge of corporate crime and regulation. He is supported by senior associate Tom McNeill, who specialises in regulatory investigations, fire safety and environmental investigations.
Other key lawyers:
Shula De Jersey; Suzanne Gallagher; Tom McNeill
‘BCL have a strong reputation in this field. They are well known for their broad range of regulatory services with a focus on advising corporates including Directors. I would personally recommend clients to instruct BCL in cases where I am conflicted from acting which is always a good litmus test for me as a fellow practitioner.’
‘Richard Reichman is extremely capable. He is calm under pressure has a strategic and commercial way of supporting clients through the challenges of a regulatory investigation.’
‘Tom McNeill brings a restless, forensic eye to the matters he works on.’
‘Tom McNeill Understands his client superbly, extremely affable, absorbs vast amounts of detail quickly, clear concise.’
‘BCL’s HSE department rightly has an excellent reputation representing heavyweight corporate clients in HSE investigations, including corporate manslaughter investigations.’
‘Richard Reichman is phenomenal. He has able to grasp the detail of a case very quickly and can identify tactical and strategic issues likely to arise. His knowledge of the law is excellent. More generally, he has a thoroughbred background in corporate crime meaning that he is adept at advising Boards and working with other regulators..’
‘Tom McNeill is a seasoned practitioner who clearly works hard to look after his clients best interests but at the same time is affable and sensible to reach accommodation with other stakeholders. Unable to comment on the wider team/firm.’
Celsa Manufacturing (UK) Limited
Options Energy Resource LLP
The safety, health and environment team at DLA Piper is well regarded for its integrated contentious and non-contentious offering for a portfolio of major national and international clients. The addition of Nick Rock from Reed Smith LLP has brought a major level of expertise in the environmental, health and safety aspects of complex commercial transactions and disputes, especially in regards to the on and off-shore energy, chemicals and technology sectors. He co-heads the team with Teresa Hitchcock, a market leader in environmental law, with particular expertise in contaminated land, nuisance disputes and regeneration projects. Alastair Clough and Ailish Oxenforth are also key members of the team.
Teresa Hitchcock; Nick Rock
Other key lawyers:
Alastair Clough; Ailish Oxenforth
‘DLA Piper Health and Safety practice has formed a dream team, with Nick Rock joining over the last year. Their uniqueness is the beyond expectation quality of advice provided very fast, in a very condensed, easy to digest and understand format.’
‘Nick Rock and his team are incredibly valued partners to our business. They are responsive, pragmatic and efficient. Their approach to cross-jurisdictional work is sophisticated and as clients, we receive consistently high quality advice, regardless of region.’
‘The DLA Health and Safety Team are all technical experts. They deliver sound, well reasoned advice, which is operationally focused.’
‘Nick Rock- He has extensive knowledge on product compliance, health and safety and chemicals regulations. He is an excellent lawyer who understands his clients’ business needs and concerns and proposes custom made legal solutions.’
Arconic Architectural Products SAS
Kingsley Napley LLP‘s health, safety and environment practice call upon expertise within the dispute resolution, employment, public law and clinical negligence departments in order to bring about a very broad offering for clients, especially those dealing with issues relating to criminal law. The team is best known for representing individuals under investigation in relation to serious accidents, though it increasingly acts for corporate entities as well in regards to health and safety, fire safety, environmental protection and safeguarding. Jonathan Grimes leads the criminal side of the practice, specialising in corporate manslaughter and helping clients though police investigations. Melinka Berridge heads the regulatory team with particular expertise in the fields of health and safety, licensing, regulatory and private prosecutions. Hannah Eales and Craig Baylis are two other important team members.
Jonathan Grimes; Melinka Berridge
Other key lawyers:
Craig Baylis; Hannah Eales
‘Melinka Berridge leads most of the team’s work in fire safety and is highly respected in the sector. Formerly a barrister specializing in prosecution work, Melinka brings a wealth of experience to defending in health and safety cases and is renowned for her attention to detail and excellent judgement. Another former practicing barrister, Hanna Eales, is a highly persuasive advocate specializing in fire safety and has a deep knowledge of fire regulation in the built environment.’
‘The team has exceptional lawyers at every level and they all show total commitment to their clients, always going above and beyond for them. It is a truly collaborative experience when working with them and, together with their personable style, this makes it a truly enjoyable and rewarding experience to work with them. They are my number one choice when asked to recommend solicitors in this field.’
‘Melinka Berridge is in a league of her own. Not only does she have a first-class legal mind but she is a brilliant strategist and is hardworking and totally committed to the best outcome for her clients. She is also an absolute joy to work with – bringing a unique and positive energy to even the most taxing of situations. , Hannah Eales is also an absolutely brilliant lawyer and strategist. She is completely dependable, sensible and thorough and has a calm approach to matters, which is a huge asset when working alongside her in difficult situations. She is totally committed to her clients.
‘A leading firm for health and safety and business crime. Clients benefit from meticulous attention to detail, an excellent standard of service, and insight gained from a wealth of experience of criminal litigation.’
‘Jonathan Grimes stands out for his exceptional legal ability and thoughtful approach. Brings his immense experience to bear from the earliest stages of a case. Authoritative, measured, and effective.’
‘Hannah Eales is a former barrister, with fire safety experience, very knowledgeable and hard working.
‘Kingsley Napley’s regulatory team have assisted the London Fire Brigade in a major and complex piece of litigation for the past 4 years. The team have been exceptional in terms of their expertise, attention to detail, client care, availability and value for money.’
‘Melinka Berridge and Hannah Eales are the partners that have been providing support and advice to the London Fire Brigade over the past 4 years. They really care about the work and the people who they represent and this is demonstrated in the excellent feedback we have received in terms of interaction and support provided to individual clients. Their expertise in their field is outstanding, they are always available to take calls and provide support – even outside of office hours. I cannot recommend them highly enough.’
London Fire Brigade/London Fire Commissioner
- Worked closely with 18 witnesses previously employed by the LFB. We helped them to prepare and give their evidence to the high-profile Grenfell Tower public inquiry. The witnesses included all the senior management team of the LFB in the decade prior to the Grenfell Tower fire of 14 June 2017. Seven of these witnesses gave live evidence.
The health and safety team at RPC forms part of the firm’s larger regulatory pillar, allowing it to draw from a much larger pool of multidisciplinary specialists to bring a wide breadth of expertise across all aspects of regulation. In addition, the team has strong insurance expertise, helping clients with gross negligence and corporate manslaughter investigations as well as other significant incidents, often involving fatalities. Gavin Reese heads up the regulatory team, dealing with many high profile cases. Legal director Mamata Dutta has experience across the construction, manufacturing and arboriculture sectors, advising clients on inquests as well as gross negligence manslaughter investigations and prosecutions. New partner Fiona Hahlo is another key name.
Other key lawyers:
Mamata Dutta; Fiona Hahlo; Steven Aitken
‘Mamata Dutta – superb, very knowledgeable, excellent to work with and great judgement Gavin Rees – highly experienced partner with a lot of knowledge of this field’
‘RPC are a premier health and safety team. Unrivalled experience in defending corporate manslaughter and serious health and safety offences. Provide a seamless and professional service from Inquests, initial interviews and final hearings.’
‘Gavin Reese – excellent strategist. Inspirational leader and clients appreciate his down to earth approach. Never makes a wrong step – no case is too difficult for him.
‘Mamata Dutta – blends towering intellect with extensive court experience. Always achieves the best outcomes.’
‘Fiona Hahlo – excels in complicated product and fatal accident cases. She has the talent to find and then mine the winning point, however difficult the evidence.’
‘The team earned our trust and we had full faith in their abilities to represent our best interests.’
- Acting for the Architects involved in the Grenfell Tower refurbishment. We have acted for them from the immediate aftermath through to Police investigation and Public Inquiry.
- Represented a landlord who was prosecuted for various fire safety breaches following a fire at his mixed commercial / residential property.
- Representing a company who is being investigated by an Environmental Health Officer following an alleged breach of an environmental permit.
Squire Patton Boggs‘ environmental, safety and health team has a strong international reputation, with the national UK team being supported by partners across Europe, the US and Australia. The team has specialist industry experience in the entertainment, food and drink, construction, chemicals, life sciences and manufacturing sectors. The practice encompasses a wide area of expertise, including public inquiries, internal investigations, auditing, training and liaising with regulators. Rob Elvin leads the team with a focus on corporate defence and training PLC boards on directors’ duties. He has a significant presence in the power generation, construction and manufacturing sectors. He is supported by associates Robert Biddlecombe and Gary Lewis.
Other key lawyers:
Robert Biddlecombe; Gary Lewis; Beth Thompson
‘The SPB team take the extra time to get to know their client’s business (often in detail) in advance of any crisis that may require their support. They are keen to share their knowledge widely and openly rather than “guard their secrets” which is always welcome.’
‘Rob Elvin is a practical, non-nonsense team leader who is fantastic at cutting straight to the issue and providing the real-world helpful advice needed.’
Manchester City Football Group
Showsec International Limited
Precision Colour Printing Limited
Albis (UK) Limited
Pontrilas Sawmills Limited
National Grid Gas Plc
Bayer Crop Science
Ashcourt Contracts Limited
RT Keedwell Group Limited
GB Group UK Limited
Stonegate Group (formerly Enterprise Inns)
- Advising Showsec International Limited on the Manchester Arena Inquiry
- Advising FC Nantes in relation to the Coroner’s Inquest into the death of Emiliano Sala
- Advising National Grid Gas Plc on a significant prosecution relating to alleged failures to maintain and inspect parts of its gas distribution network prior to its sale to Cadent in 2016.
The regulatory and environment team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has been involved in many of the leading health and safety cases of the last 10 years, including the Didcot Power Station collapse and the Grenfell Tower inquiry. The team provides a full range of both contentious and non-contentious services, including in matters related to enforcement action, corporate and personal liability and operational advice. Jon Cooper leads the team, encompassing a full range of health and safety legal services, conducting cases for both prosecution and defence in high profile cases. Kevin Elliott has recently joined the firm, bringing extensive experience in representing individuals and organisations following workplace fatalities. Stephen Panton is another noteworthy name, with a wide practice encompassing waste, construction, energy, transport and care.
Other key lawyers:
Kevin Elliott; Stephen Panton; Ashley Borthwick
‘First class offering, team willing to go above and beyond to help client, fast, pragmatic advice demonstrating a real understanding of not just the specialist area but also the business needs of the client. Willing to be flexible about needs including offering senior management training to the business. Recent increase in proportion of female lawyers in the team.’
‘Stand out partners: Jon Cooper and Stephen Panton – both incredibly responsive – we always feel with are in safe hands with them. Very approachable and supportive. Have always given us excellent advice – pragmatic, clear, to the point. Supported by a good team of more junior lawyers.’
‘Regulatory legal advice at the highest level is hard to find. This team are exceptional not only in their approachability and pragmatism but also the results achieved.’
‘Jon Cooper – Clearly knows his subject area but manages to deliver difficult advice in a client friendly manner. Has a result as opposed to fee based approach to the advice and managed third party relationships very sensitively.’
‘Kevin Elliot is a stand out partner. He has an all round set of skills at the highest level.. He has extensive legal knowledge, tactical nous, great strategic ability and inspires confidence in all around him. He is a great team player and l value his dynamic, informed and collaborative approach to legal problems.’
‘Jon Cooper is brilliant to work with. He knows health and safety law inside out and is an excellent team player.
‘Ashley Borthwick is hard working, responsive and provides very sound advice.’
‘Jon Cooper and Kevin Elliot are partners with a national reputation for Heath and Safety advice in particular in relation to the defence of companies and their directors for alleged breach of Health and Safety offences. In terms of experience and know-how they are unrivalled. Their team is inspired but the to provide a first class service to all clients.’
Babcock International Group (including Babcock Networks, Babcock Rail and Babcock Marine (DRDL))
Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
Post Office Limited
Southern Co-operative Limited
Nissan UK Limited
Princess Yachts Limited
IBI Group (UK) Limited
Sir Robert McAlpine Limited
Maritime and Coastguard Agency
- Instructed by Carlsberg to advise it 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
- Instructed by Sir Robert McAlpine following a fatal accident in August 2019 during the refurbishment of the St Enoch’s Shopping Centre Glasgow
- Advising Local Authority Building Control in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
As specialists in construction and insurance law, Beale & Co‘s health and safety team offers a full service to some of the biggest names in the sector. Members of the team regularly attend the board meetings of large corporate clients, giving advice on issues including director responsibilities, corporate manslaughter and building fire safety. Sheena Sood has almost 30 years of experience advising clients in relation to investigations, prosecutions and other enforcements under health, safety and environmental law. She co-leads the team with Joanna Lewis , who regularly acts on serious incidents involving fatalities and life changing injuries, as well as those where serious breaches in regulation have been discovered. Associate Zita Mansi is another key name, focusing on the defence of claims against construction consultants.
Sheena Sood; Joanna Lewis
Other key lawyers:
‘In depth knowledge of the construction sector and its health and safety challenges’
‘Beale & Co have an excellent Health & Safety practice alongside their complementary construction and professional negligence practices. Their technical expertise and industry understanding enables them to offer an excellent service in the Health & Safety sector. They are true specialists in this field. They have particular expertise and extensive experience in public inquiries, inquests, and HSE investigations.’
‘Joanna Lewis stands out for her tenacious dedication to getting the best result for her client and her mastery of her case-load. She has an acute attention to detail and incredible understanding of the technical and factual issues of a case. She really does go the extra mile for her clients.’
‘Zita Mansi has showed herself to be a very effective and skillful solicitor.’
‘Joanna Lewis and Sheena Sood are enormously hard working, diligent and effective partners who follow the case through for their clients. They are renowned for their dedication to these types of case and have built up a substantial body of experience in this field. There is no fact in a case that Joanna Lewis is unaware of’
‘An outstanding choice for health and safety matters with a construction, Building Regulations or fire safety angle. Exceptional understanding and experience of the construction industry and advising clients in the most serious cases. The team has a great deal of experience of criminal investigations by the HSE, local authorities and fire and rescue services, as well as inquests and public inquiries.’
In addition to its work with contractors, Beale & Co is respected for its work with consultancies within the construction industry and is seen as the ‘go to’ solicitors for such organisations.’
‘Joanna Lewis brought a good understanding of consultancy companies and the specific issues that affect them and the way they operate. She combined this with a sound understanding of the relevant health and safety law. The focus of Beale & Co on construction and insurance matters was particularly helpful for this client.’
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
Building Engineering Services Association
Arup Group Ltd
Blackfords LLP‘s health and safety law team has a very active practice, handling cases with a criminal dimension and broader regulatory and other non-contentious matters. In particular, this involves investigations, gross negligence and corporate manslaughter and coroners’ inquests. The team is nationally well known for its expertise in the rail sector, displayed by team head Gary Rubin , a longstanding specialist in health and safety and regulatory law. Gary Bloxsome has a considerable amount of experience across the spectrum of criminal and regulatory investigations, particularly with gross negligence manslaughter cases.
Other key lawyers:
Gary Bloxsome; Trevor Francis; Philip Williams
‘Gary Rubin is at the top of his game. Knowledgeable and experienced he leads the team superbly.’
‘I only know of Gary Rubin for Health and safety at Blackfords. Gary has the ability, skills personality and opportunity to represent individuals facing prosecutions under Health and safety legislation and is not so bound by corporate and Insurer considerations’
‘As above, Gary Rubin has the ability, skills personality and opportunity to represent individuals facing prosecutions under Health and safety legislation and is not so bound by corporate and Insurer considerations. His ability to represent individuals is second to none.’
‘Blackfords is noted for dealing with complex and challenging criminal cases. Gary Rubin, the Head of the Regulatory Team has developed a team that specializes in defending health and safety and gross negligence (work related) manslaughter prosecutions.’
‘Gary Rubin knows health and safety law like the back of his hand. He is a shrewd and tenacious lawyer. Over the years he has acted in a number of high profile work related prosecutions.’
‘They are very sensitive towards clients and their circumstances, and fantastic communicators. They explain things simply and clearly whilst setting out considered strategies for cases.’
‘I have worked with Gary Rubin predominantly. Firstly, there is very little he doesn’t know about he law of health and safety. Secondly, he has an ability to instantly put clients at ease through empathy, confidence and clear communication.’
‘Gary Rubin and Gary Bloxham are superb, very committed to the clients and offer a level of support comparable to the very highest profile firms. The support by their associates is excellent.’
- Acted for a train driver in relation to the Inquest into a workplace fatality: the death of another driver who was crushed between two trains which were in the process of being coupled in a depot.
- Acted for a client who was subject to an HSE investigation in which he was alleged to have breached regulations concerning safety at work requirements after a man conducting work at his request fell from a ladder and died in 2020.
- Acting in a series of investigations into alleged health and safety offences arising from the Grenfell Tower fire.
The environmental, health and safety team at CMS features a significant degree of specialist knowledge in high risk industries, particularly the oil and gas industries, but also including the energy, waste, manufacturing, renewables and transport sectors. The team regularly acts for individuals and multinational companies in all aspects of health and safety, including prosecutions, inquiries, corporate manslaughter, inquests, risk management and training. Lukas Rootman leads the team, advising clients in contentious and non-contentious matters with significant experience coordinating multijurisdictional advice.
Other key lawyers:
Rosalind Morgan; Esme Saynor
‘Lukas Rootman, Partner, stands out for his exceptional commitment and incredible work ethic.’
‘Lukas Rootman never fails to give practical, real world advice. He understands the wants and needs of clients and helps them alleviate the internal pressures they face with a sensible common-sense approach to law.’
‘Extremely knowledgeable yet with expertise covering a wide number of disciplines thereby capable of dealing with complex multi jurisdictional problems’
‘An ability to reach a specialist in short order therefore able to deal with commercial issues promptly and in a cost effective manner. Lukas Rootman is our contact who is unflappable, competent, clear and precise’
‘CMS are pro-active, they send out details of any new health and safety legislation in advance of it becoming law, which enables our business to prepare for the changes well in advance.’
‘Very friendly and reassuring service, they provide detailed explanations in ley terms and details of what the various outcomes of a given situation might be. They also provide estimated costs up front, which allows the client to budget in advance, no unexpected costs added.’
- Advised Veolia ES (UK) Limited following an incident in 2018, involving the conclusion of the FAI in December 2020.
The health and safety team at Dentons works a balance of transaction, advisory and regulatory defence work with an integrated cross-border perspective. At the core of the practice is deep knowledge in the energy, rail, transportation, food and manufacturing sectors, with instructions coming from major clients across these sectors like National Rail. Stephen Shergold leads the London team, as well as being chair of the firm's global ESG steering committee. His practice covers all areas of environmental and health and safety law, particularly within the oil and gas, waste and contaminated land sectors. He leads alongside the Scotland-based Malcolm Gunnyeon, an expert in the rail and energy sectors. Helen Bowdren is another key name.
Stephen Shergold; Malcolm Gunnyeon
Other key lawyers:
Helen Bowdren; Sam Boileau
‘This is an extremely polished and dedicated team, led by the brilliant Malcolm Gunnyeon’
‘Malcolm Gunnyeon is a tremendous lawyer: calm, highly intelligent and has a great manner with clients; always putting them at their ease and striving to get the best result possible.’
The Erdington Group Limited
John Lewis & Partners
Baxter Food Group Limited
Avis Budget Group
Stork Technical Services (RBG) Limited
Menzies Distribution Limited
Nichol McKay Limited
- Advising Network Rail on the ongoing Police, Rail Accident Investigation Branch and Office of Rail and Road investigations into the tragic derailment near Stonehaven on 12 August 2020.
- Provide ongoing multijurisdictional advice to ACCO Brands, Inc. in relation to product and labelling claims promoting and marketing a number of different office products, including any claims that may carry a risk of “greenwashing”.
- Advise on six connected disputes relating to three of the UK solar farms. The disputes relate to allegations of breaches of the health & safety provisions in the various agreements, with those breaches being alleged against both our client and our client’s sub-contractor.
Fieldfisher‘s small but experienced health and safety group works across all industry sectors, with particular specialisms within the transport, defence, manufacturing and chemical sectors. The team frequently takes part in sensitive, specialist projects, with a caseload comprising a mixture of advisory, regulatory and contentious work. Andrew Sanderson leads the team, representing clients in all aspects of health and safety reviews, investigations, and defending prosecutions. He is supported by senior associate Elliott Kenton, who specialises in internal investigations, proactive issues and contentious health and safety matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘Superb levels of professionalism at all times throughout the entire team.’
‘Confident and assured at all times.’
National Security and Resilience Consortium
R outeo ne
Enzen Global Limited
Sapphire Utility Solutions Limited
- Continues to act for the NS&RC and their members in providing strategic advice and representation in relation to advisory and contentious health and safety matters.
- Instructed by Enzen in relation to providing a suite of health and safety services including health and safety advice, training and the implementation of health and safety incident response systems in connection with their ten year Construction Management Organisation Contract awarded by Cadent.
- 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 in connection with their ten year Construction Management Organisation Contract awarded by Cadent.
Fisher Scoggins Waters LLP
Fisher Scoggins Waters LLP is a boutique in the field of engineering and construction, frequently handling serious disputes and disasters. The team offers a comprehensive emergency response service, internal investigation advice, representation at coroners’ inquests and support through police investigations and prosecutions. Michael Appleby and Mark Scoggins both have extensive experience handling fatal accident investigations and defending both companies and directors. Meanwhile, Charlotte Waters acts across construction, rail and building safety matters.
Michael Appleby; Mark Scoggins; Charlotte Waters
‘The team at FSW is small but very competitive in the H&S market. A clever move was for the team to employ a specialist risk & Safety consultant who is an expert with extensive experience in risk management and has close links with various organisations in H&S, environmental and waste management.’
‘Michael Appleby is a dedicated, skillful and thoroughly knowledgeable health & safety lawyer and always puts his client’s interests first. He is also approachable in relation to seeking ‘pointers’ on procedural issues relating to FFI challenges and is a tactical genius in this area.’
‘The practicality and step by step approach was extremely well presented to us so that there were no surprises. They also demonstrated particular knowledge about our industry which was unique.’
‘Michael Appleby is an outstanding asset to the firm; his knowledge and experience of health and safety case law combined with his ability to keep clients calm and focussed on what is important is an incredible asset.’
‘The ability to really understand the clients business, its risks and the way those health and safety risks are managed.’
‘Mike Appleby – great tactician and extremely experienced.’
‘Charlotte Waters – charming and a real expert.’
‘Michael Appleby: I have worked with him on a number of projects, including traditional adversarial legal issues, confrontations with Regulators , but also as a tutor and coach to assist clients improve their processes and procedures to mitigate potential problems, should they ever arise. My client’s throroughly enjoyed and apprciated Mike’s personality and experience.’
Forth Ports/Port of Tilbury London Ltd
SEVERN TRENT WATER
Poole Bay Group
Connect Plus Services
The West Midlands-based regulatory crime team at Gowling WLG work closely within the construction, quarrying, aerospace, food and social care sectors, regularly receiving instructions from major clients within these industries. Risk management is a particular focus area for the team, deliberately avoiding taking cases from insurance companies. Andrew Litchfield leads the team, with wide experience of regulatory investigations and conducting advocacy in inquests and criminal courts.
Kingspan Insulation Ltd
Bakkavor Foods Ltd
Bloor Homes Ltd
The Channel Tunnel Group/Eurotunnel
Sanctuary Housing Association
Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd
Coca-Cola European Partners Great Britain Ltd
Finning (UK) Ltd
The health, safety and security team at Hogan Lovells International LLP provides advice and representation to clients on high profile, high value safety incidents as well as more typical regulatory advice and safety prosecution work. The team has a special expertise in terrorism and hostile environment safety dating back to the 7/7 bombings inquest as well as domestic security advice. This is reflected by their recent involvement in the Manchester Arena inquiry. Richard Welfare focuses on regulatory compliance, while Claire Lipworth focuses on criminal health and safety matters. Counsel Helen Boniface regularly works with regulators through incident investigations and has a deep understanding of the coronial process.
Richard Welfare; Claire Lipworth; Helen Boniface
‘Richard Welfare is an experienced, thoughtful and committed partner’
‘Helen Boniface is organised, diligent and a pleasure to deal with. She can be relied on to get on with the job to the highest standard.’
‘Excellent team, sensible, strategic and excellent at managing large scale litigation’
‘Helen Boniface is superb – an associate working at the level of a partner. Consistently sound instincts, one of those rare people who is on top of every detail without ever losing sight of the big picture’
‘Helen Boniface is the lead member having taken over the practice following a wealth of successful ‘real world’ experience of crisis response and management in safety. This is rarely seen in law firms to such a hands on extent.’
Six bereaved families of the Manchester Arena Terror attack
- Representing six bereaved families through the Manchester Arena Public Inquiry addressing complex safety issues including the duties of a large venue operator and considering the adequacy of risk assessments, training and supervision, first aid provision etc.
The crime and regulatory team at Keoghs LLP is best known for defending high profile, serious regulatory breaches across all service sectors for directors and corporate entities. In particular, it handles prosecutions related to corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter, environmental offences, fire safety breaches and care sector related investigations. Nina Dhillon leads the London team in defending companies, directors and senior managers facing investigation for the most serious breaches of their regulatory duties. Chris Newton leads the national team with extensive experience managing health and safety investigations and dealing with organisations like the HSE and CQC. Associate Gemma Rush is another important name.
Nina Dhillon; Chris Newton
Other key lawyers:
Tom Stevenson; Gemma Rush
‘The Keoghs’ Health and Safety Team is compiled of sector specific specialists who take a genuine interest in the commercial aspects of our business and our objectives. They are not only great health and safety lawyers, but partners who are dedicated to understanding clients’ needs and consistently not only meeting them but going the extra mile to offer the highest standard of client engagement.
‘The Keoghs Team are not only excellent technical health and safety lawyers, but are also able to proactively advise on key strategy early, in an innovative and commercially viable way, to ensure success through careful planning, whilst being agile and flexible as needed.
‘The team are knowledgeable, responsive and exceptionally supportive. They understand H&S and what the likelihood of possible outcomes could be – therefore ensuring that our response and approach is always to the highest standards. The team work collaboratively and pull on the strength of each other when it comes to different matters.’
‘Keoghs are a growing presence in the national H&S market. Historically a firm strong in the North West, they have opened a London office which is expanding under the guidance of Chris Newton. They are a busy firm who provide sensible and practical advice and look after their clients very well.’
‘Chris Newton – he has expanded the London arm of Keoghs. He is vastly experienced and very knowledgable. Nina Dhillon – a partner with great experience. She is totally committed to all her clients and genuinely goes that extra mile for them.’
‘Gemma Rush stands out for us for her understanding and caring nature. Gemma will go above and beyond to help always with a outstanding work ethic.’
‘Chris Newton heads the department. He is extremely dynamic and energetic which means he is able to keep abreast of the detail of a really substantial caseload. He works incredibly hard on behalf of his clients and in supporting his team. He has great experience of dealing with the most serious of allegations. He is down to earth, realistic and very easy to work with.
‘Nina Dhillon has a huge following of loyal clients which reflects how clients value her excellent communication skills and dedication to their cases. Again, her caseload at any one time will involve numerous gross neg manslaughter and HSWA offences.’
Catholic Insurance Services
- Engaged by CIS to consider existing fire safety arrangements and to provide bespoke fire risk assessment review and advice to improve the compliance across the Diocesan estate for whom CIS support.
- Accident involving a falling roller shutter resulting in a fatality.
- Roof collapse at school; advised school on HSE investigation
Norton Rose Fulbright‘s London health and safety team forms part of the firm’s global network of health and safety specialists, giving the firm a broad and specialised offering. The firm provides advice in all areas of health and safety, including regulatory investigations, criminal and civil law, judicial review and public health advice. Team leader Caroline May has extensive experience in both contentious and non-contentious health and safety, especially for clients in the energy, transport and construction sectors, representing large corporate clients within these sectors.
Other key lawyers:
Neil O’May; Holly Stebbing; Lucy Bruce Jones; Neil Q Miller
‘Caroline May – alert and thinks outside of the box’
‘Caroline May – outstanding history in regulatory law. has several major clients and is one of a few lawyers with the awareness and experience to manage the hardest cases and produce outstanding results’
CF Industries Holdings Inc
DP World, London Gateway
Gildan Activewear Inc
Kerry Group plc
Sandvik Mining & Construction Tools AB
Yara International ASA
- Advising on corporate manslaughter/health and safety investigation arising from a double fatality at food processing plant.
- Providing advice in multi-party international group litigation regarding potential health impacts of pollution and contamination exposure in Amazon rainforest.
- Continuing to advise on the long running investigation and potential prosecution of a major sports team arising from a fatal accident at its corporate premises.
Plexus Law‘s health and safety team provides specialist regulatory advice to clients within the construction, sports, care, education, agriculture and marine sectors. The team represents companies and directors in health and safety investigations for a variety of issues, including corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter. A recent work highlight involves the class action being brought against World Rugby – a matter concerning personal injury and health and safety risk management at a professional level. The team is led by HSE expert Philip Tracey, who’s supported by associates Claire Attridge and Stephanie Wilson.
Other key lawyers:
Claire Attridge; Stephanie Wilson
‘Philip Tracey will go that extra mile to achieve the best outcome’
‘Plexus has great depth of expertise and experience at partner and senior associate level with offices across the UK’
‘Philip Tracey: Tenacious, dogged and determined. He is incredible at throwing investigators off their stride, particularly in difficult cases, and always has his clients’ backs. He is also an excellent communicator, tactical and razor sharp. He is difficult to be against and that is a compliment because he does his job so well.’
‘Claire Attridge: Wonderful to work with. She is always fully engaged with her cases and offers practical and reassuring advice, particularly in difficult cases where clients are in peril of custody. She is a future star who is in the ascendancy.’
Direct Line Group (NIG)
Rugby Football Union
- Defending in class action being brought against World Rugby/The RFU and Wales Rugby – has major significance for National Governing Bodies/how sport is governed.
- Instructed to investigate and support the client who are responsible for 20% of the country’s chicken supplies. Over 150 key workers had tested positive for Covid-19. Putting in place a compensation scheme for those affected to reduce the prospects of litigation which proved so successful that no issued claims have followed.
Bevan Brittan LLP‘s health and safety practice has a strong focus on local authority and public sector representation in HSE and CQC investigations and enforcement actions. The team also acts for clients on health and safety obligations across all sectors, as well as bringing health and safety prosecutions in high profile cases, including one involving the death of a child. Adam Kendall leads the team, advising on health and safety, fire safety, environmental, trading standards and waste licensing issues.
Other key lawyers:
Hannah Taylor; Stuart Merchant; Carton Sadler
‘Adam Kendall offers practical step by step solution focused advice that is easy to understand.’
‘A strong team that gives bespoke sector specific health and safety advice.’
Fielding a broad health and safety practice, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP also has a distinct dedicated regulatory practice, which has notable experience in fire safety and asbestos-related mandates. The team’s client roster encompasses banks and insolvency practitioners, energy companies, property developers and clients in the hotel, leisure and construction sectors. Jeremy Bark heads up the practice and is active across issues pertaining to fatal accidents, inquests and inquiries.
The regulatory services department at Weightmans acts frequently on behalf of care homes, schools and healthcare bodies. The team is comprised of health and safety regulatory specialists, both defending and prosecuting matters such as trading standards, fire and food. Crispin Kenyon is head of the London practice, with experience running highly charged and high profile inquests within the construction, waste, printing, transport, schools and care home sectors. Dewi Ap-Thomas is the national head of regulatory, specialising in work in the criminal and coronial jurisdictions. Senior partner David Lewis is highly experienced handling safety enforcement actions for both defence and prosecution.
Dewi Ap-Thomas; Crispin Kenyon
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Brammer; David Lewis; Lili Oliver
‘Crispin Kenyon is great at delivering clear advice and excellent support to his clients in a thoughtful and considerate way.’
‘Crispin Kenyon – immensely experienced, good with clients and calm in a crisis.’
‘Crispin Kenyon is a very well-liked and respected character in the H&S community. He is knowledgeable , experienced and charming to deal with.’
Interstate Hotels UK Ltd
NJP Consulting Engineers Ltd
E.on UK PLC
E.on Climates & Renewables
Jaguar Land Rover
North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Wedge Galvanising Group
Lancashire County Council
EMCOR UK Ltd
Wirral Borough Council
British Transport Police
Staffordshire County Council
Premum Care Ltd.
Cheshire East Council
East Riding District Council
- Wedding party gathered on wooden staircase at rear of Hotel which then collapsed due to rotten timbers, advised clients in immediate aftermath, investigation by expert, representations drafted with counsel; eventually the local authority prosecuted the clients and the owners of the hotel itself
- Representing Greif in the HSE’s prosecution of Greif and its co-defendant, a facilities management company under sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
- Instructed by Bayswater Care Ltd following the death at work of one of their employees who was crushed by his works vehicle. Following a HSE and Coronial Investigation, HSE were persuaded to take no further action and the inquest was therefore changed from a multi-day jury hearing, to a half day coroner-only hearing.