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The 'professional but very personable' team at Blake Morgan LLP  has a strong reputation in the market for contentious matters, as well as for handling health and safety compliance and management issues on behalf of private and public sector clients. Praised for her 'excellent judgement' and 'way of addressing complex matters without them becoming a crisis', Claire Rawle handles 'a large amount of very high-quality work in health and safety, as well as institutional health care'. 'Very studious and hardworking' senior associate barrister Tom Walker has a 'clear and reassuring way of dealing with the regulators' on behalf of both individuals and corporate defendants across an array of health and safety, health and social care, and environment matters.  Robin Havard is also recommended.

Best known for complex fatal accident investigations and high-profile inquests, BLM has a particularly strong presence in the manufacturing, construction, public and care sectors. Team head Matthew Harrington has 'great depth of experience in health and safety regulatory matters and prosecutions', and is appreciated by clients for his 'logical, methodical and commercial thinking, and consideration of the wider ramifications of issues and not just the legal ones'. The firm's national 24-hour helpline and access to advice in the immediate aftermath of an incident (including attendance at site) ensures that clients are well-served throughout the process.

Sally Roff heads the national safety, health and environment team at DAC Beachcroft LLP, which draws upon the expertise from lawyers from across the firm's network of UK offices including Bristol. Roff is 'capable of dealing with the most complex and serious cases' for organisations and individuals facing criminal investigations for corporate manslaughter, gross negligence manslaughter and potential health and safety, fire safety, and environmental breaches instigated by regulators including the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Roff recently represented a large automotive parts manufacturer in the aftermath of a serious health and safety incident, including advising it on an internal investigation and in a hearing before the HSE (resulting in a fine of less than ten percent of the anticipated amount). Other highlights included providing advice to the van hire company following the high-profile terrorist incident at Finsbury Park mosque. Clients include Zurich, Allianz and RSA.

Dolmans provides a 'highly diligent and skilful' service across a wide array of health and safety litigation, particularly on behalf of local authorities where it is recognised for its 'depth of knowledge and expert guidance'. 'In demand across the UK', 'outstanding' team head Peter Bennett has a 'wealth of experience in the health and safety and regulatory industry'. As well as his outstanding reputation among local authority clients, including Caerphilly County Borough Council and Powys County Council, the 'enormously hardworking' Bennett also handles work in the private sector including his representation of the managing director of Pro-Conn Construction in recently concluded police investigations clearing him of any potential charges of gross negligence manslaughter following the death of a self-employed sub-contractor which took place on a construction site in the Vale of Glamorgan (the case remains ongoing, however, and is likely to proceed to a full jury coroner's inquest).Paul Veysey is also recommended.

Hugh James provides a ‘flexible and accessible service’, both on the prosecution and defence side, as well as for non-contentious work including highly effective training courses run, in particular, for the boards of many of the housing associations in Wales on health and safety issues. Team head Martin Jones has vast experience across the gamut of health and safety matters and recently acted for the HSE regarding its investigation into a fatal accident on a working farm in west Wales. The firm also has ‘market-leading expertise advising on fire safety matters’, generated primarily as a result of associate Justin Davies who has ‘valuable and extensive experience in the fire safety arena and regularly displays an excellent knowledge of the law’ when representing core client South Wales Fire & Rescue Service. Benefiting from higher rights of audience in criminal proceedings, Davies also regularly handles the advocacy, a factor that is appreciated by clients ‘as it allows continuity throughout the lifetime of a case’.

Led by Andrew Manners, Morgan LaRochehas a particular specialism representing care home and early years nursery providers in related health and safety, criminal enforcement and care standards investigations. While the practice may lack the diversity of some within the ranking, for this niche area the firm is a market leader, not just in Wales but also throughout the UK. Manners' standing in the sector is underscored not just by his fee-earning work but also through his involvement on behalf of the National Day Nursery Association's Working Group in formulating responses on behalf of the early years sector to central government consultations in the area.

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