Health and safety in South East

Gardner Leader LLP

Headed by Michelle Di Gioia, the team at Gardner Leader LLP handles all matters related to health and safety, including compliance, risk management and litigation. The full-service practice is well placed to advise on regulatory issues as well representing client in investigations and prosecutions by the Health and Safety Executives. The team is particularly experienced in handling risks and health and safety offences in the manufacturing and construction sectors.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Di Gioia

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP is best known for its top tier expertise in assisting with non-contentious health and safety issues as well as undertaking defence and prosecution work. 'A star in this area of law'  Charles Arrand advises corporations on regulations, investigations, prosecutions and other enforcement actions. Specialist compliance and criminal defence lawyer, Philip Ryan maintains a varied client base in the automotive, construction, consumer goods, retail, manufacturing, and life sciences sectors.

Practice head(s):

Charles Arrand

Other key lawyers:

Philip Ryan


‘The team is extremely practical in its advice, and take the time to provide the client with the best suited and appropriate advice, and clearly explain technical issues and any alternatives.’

‘Philip Ryan is an outstanding partner- he is always responsive, he understands the needs of in-house counsel and tailors his advice to the situation.’

‘Charles Arrand is an exceptional solicitor, at the top of his game and the best solicitor in this field. He has exceptional and unerring judgement informed by huge experience; he is incredibly hard-working; committed to and ruthlessly focused on his client’s needs. He is calm under pressure – there is no one better on health and safety matters.’

Blake Morgan LLP

At Blake Morgan LLP, risk and compliance specialist John Mitchell’s practice involves identifying regulatory risks, proposing contractual or procedural solutions to achieve compliance and representing businesses which are under investigation or are subject to a regulatory process or prosecution. On the contentious side, senior associate Tim Williamson regularly represents corporate clients and individuals in regulatory body or police investigations.

Practice head(s):

John Mitchell

Other key lawyers:

Tim Williamson

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish works with clients in the construction, manufacturing, farming and retail sectors, as well as individual owners, employees and directors in advising on all aspects of health and safety law and environmental regulations. The firm also acts on behalf of clients in interviews with enforcement authorities and dealing with local authorities. Philip Youdan and Myles McIntosh are the key partners.

Practice head(s):

Philip Youdan

Other key lawyers:

Myles McIntosh

Moore Blatch LLP

Moore Blatch LLP is best known for its work defending fatal and serious injury cases, particularly within the construction, manufacturing, food and drink and transport industries. Regulatory expert David Thompson is the key advisor for clients seeking representation in investigations by the Health and Safety Executive or defence when faced with serious violation offences.

Practice head(s):

David Thompson

Taylor Haldane Barlex Solicitors LLP

From its offices in East Anglia and Essex, the Taylor Haldane Barlex Solicitors LLP team provides assistance on all aspects of regulatory compliance and prosecutions. Team head Matthew Taylor has significant court room experience in cases involving injuries, serious damage and fatalities as a result of work place accidents. Taylor and Briony Clarke maintain a busy practice advising HSE executives and corporate clients on regulatory issues, with a niche specialty in fire safety. Senior associate Abigail Bainbridge regularly acts in prosecutions against HSEs and local authorities.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Briony Clarke; Abigail Bainbridge


At Brachers, the highly experienced Lee May utilises his in-house experience to defend local authorities against prosecutions by health and safety executives. Also recommended is John Sheath, who has significant experience in providing specialist advice in inquests, corporate manslaughter, risk management and governance.

Practice head(s):

Lee May

Other key lawyers:

John Sheath

Gullands Solicitors

John Roberts at Gullands Solicitors assists businesses and individuals across all industry sectors on a range of health and safety issues, with a particular focus on defending clients against investigations brought by the Health and Safety Executive. He also regularly represents professionals called before their regulatory bodies in relation to complaints and misconduct allegations.

Practice head(s):

John Roberts