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Health and safety in South East

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  'extremely impressive' health & safety practice offers market leading advice to clients from the manufacturing, retail, automotive and housing sectors. The practice is led by 'first rate' Charles Arrand  and Philip Ryan  from the Milton Keynes and Reading offices respectively. The former advises corporations and their directors on investigations, prosecutions and other enforcement actions; the latter works on matters relating to major disaster response and risk management within real estate and corporate transactions. The team also offers bespoke training to corporate clients and health & safety organisations.

Practice head(s):

Charles Arrand; Philip Ryan


Charles Arrand is an extremely impressive individual who makes an immediate impression on all who encounter him. His breadth and depth of knowledge in the field of health and safety is first rate and he brings a calmness and logic to any discussion. Charles brings gravitas to any meeting and presents very well to the board, managing the room and dealing with questions and challenges. He has presented many times at board and management level within our business and leaves everyone with the feeling that they have spent time with someone who knows what he is talking about and has the experience and examples to prove it.’


Key clients

Ikea Limited

Calor Gas Limited

Hitachi Rail

Work highlights

  • Advised a national grocery retailer following the death of an employee after an altercation with a shoplifter
  • Advised one of the key Core Participants in the ongoing Grenfell Tower Inquiry
  • Advised and represented a national wholesale and distribution business following an accident involving a forklift truck which injured a visitor to a distribution centre

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP uses it's 'good team ethos' and 'excellent communication skills' to handle work ranging from representing clients under investigation or that have been prosecuted for health and safety offences, to advisory work and support on corporate transactions. The team is particularly active in the construction and manufacturing sectors. Noel Wardle and director Rachel Warren lead the practice; both have broad experience across various regulatory crime matters and advise on complex, long-running multi-party prosecutions and inquests. .

Practice head(s):

Noel Wardle; Rachel Warren


Rachel Warren is just about the nicest person you could wish to meet. An absolute gem of a solicitor.’

Rachel Warren has oodles of quality in how she deals with clients. She is very cerebral in her approach and is at the top of her game.’

Gardner Leader LLP

Gardner Leader LLP 's health & safety team advises high-profile corporate clients on a full range of compliance, risk management and litigation matters. The team regularly advises on regulatory issues, as well as acting for clients in investigations and prosecutions by the Health and Safety Executive. Practice head Michelle Di Gioia is one of the preeminent names in the region, and advises a number of  longstanding construction and manufacturing clients on a full range of issues.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Di Gioia

Moore Barlow

Moore Barlow , formed in 2020 through the merger of legacy Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins,  acts for clients in the manufacturing sector, which are subject to  investigations by the Health & Safety Executive, following serious or fatal accidents. David Thompson and Amy Adair are the key practitioners.


Brachers assists businesses and individuals in their interactions with the Local Planning Authorities, The Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive. Practice head Lee May advises on enforcement appeals and criminal prosecutions brought under the Environmental Protection Act, the Health and Safety at Work Act and associated regulations.

Practice head(s):

Lee May

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish works across a range of sectors including construction, manufacturing, food, catering, farming and retail, and advises companies subject to investigations by the Health & Safety Executive. Philip Youdan, who also advises on trusts & estates disputes, and private client head Myles McIntosh lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Myles McIntosh; Philip Youdan

Gullands Solicitors

Gullands Solicitors  is an 'excellent regional practice' that advises businesses on health & safety compliance, risk management and the health & safety aspects of commercial transactions and contracts.  Practice head John Roberts  has represented clients in the first tier tribunal, and assists companies in Health & Safety Executive prosecutions involving falls from height and serious injuries from dangerous machinery. Andrew Clarke  is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

John Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Clarke


The Practice as a team are able to provide a broad range of expertise, without diluting their competence. The service they provide is that which I would normally expect of a much larger practice.’

John Roberts comes highly recommended, he has an attention to detail and calming manner which clients like immediately, putting them at ease. He is ably assisted by Andrew Clarke.

Andrew Clarke has deep knowledge of how health and safety interacts with personal injury law and is a thorough practitioner who leaves no stone unturned.  John Roberts is particularly good on criminal procedure and practice.’

We have always put Gullands at the top of the list of solicitors we would recommend in the South East. They provide a dedicated & personalised service, are always very approachable and have an excellent knowledge of the law in all the areas they practice in. From recommendations we have given, we have had nothing but positive feedback.’


Taylor Haldane Barlex Solicitors LLP

Taylor Haldane Barlex Solicitors LLP's team provides assistance on a full range of regulatory compliance and prosecution matters. Matthew Taylor  leads the team. Abigail Bainbridge departed the firm in 2019 to work in-house, while Briony Clarke has left to become a judge.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Taylor