Health and safety in West Midlands

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a strong national health & safety offering, which has had a busy year advising key clients in the care and manufacturing sectors in particular. Other strengths lie in construction, transport and retail. Sally Roff heads the team that includes Steven Harrison; he has significant experience in representing clients in all aspects of regulatory investigations and prosecutions. He handles cases involving investigations into corporate and gross negligence manslaughter. Harrison also acts for clients in high-profile and complex inquest proceedings. The team’s experience spans environmental prosecutions and food safety cases too. Andrew Roach is now a consultant.

Practice head(s):

Sally Roff

Other key lawyers:

Steven Harrison; Andrew Roach

Key clients

Saint Gobain

Ashmere Care

Securafence Limited


Alina Homecare

Northwood Hygiene

Milford Care

Unity Care Homes

Work highlights

  • Acting for National Exhibition Centre Limited in prosecution brought by Birmingham City Council following an incident in January 2019, in which a stage manager was hit on the head by a scenery counter-balance weight that had fallen from a high-level stage platform.
  • Acting for Prism Medical UK in relation to complex inquest proceedings arising out of an incident on 1st January 2017 when a 19 year old female, who lived with severe disabilities, drowned in the bath at her home address.
  • Acting for Fortec Distribution Network Limited, a pallet transport company, in relation to inquest proceedings and a prosecution arising out of an incident in October 2016 when a forklift driver was killed when his forklift overturned.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP has a first-rate health and safety practice that operates across all jurisdictions across the UK. The team, with the 'very committed and excellent' Sean Elson at the helm, is regularly instructed by clients in high hazard industries such as construction, manufacturing, waste and energy. It also boasts many excellent litigators in addition to having considerable strength in advising on preventative measures. Louise Mansfield has been working on some of the firm’s key cases which have also included some fatal accidents.  It is well-placed to advise clients facing various investigations such as police/HSE/EHO and it continues to notice considerable growth in instructions on fire/building safety matters.

Practice head(s):

Sean Elson

Other key lawyers:

Louise Mansfield


‘Good quality advice and responsive to our needs on health and safety issues’.

‘The team at Pinsent Masons provides a personal touch and is very approachable. The key feature is the lawyers explain the position in a clear and concise way which is understandable to non-legal people enabling informed decisions to be made which are best for the business. They find the right people for the job and are expert at putting the key elements of strengths into the legal papers delivered to the court in a professional and compelling manner. I would wholly recommend the team to other companies involved in health & safety litigation’.

‘The individuals in the team work on a level which enables the company working with them to understand the position and form a partnership with the company and not just an advisor role. They live and breath your case which is very personal to you and understand the emotion that can sometimes cloud decisions. This is handled in an empathetic way and channelled into making the right decisions. They make you feel relaxed in the court situation and involve the client within the court process. I can’t speak highly enough of Louise Mansfield who really gets to understand the people involved makes you feel at ease and is a consummate professional’.

‘The team  has experts in this field and upon instruction I feel I can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that I am supported and they have the best interests of my business’.

‘Sean Elson is an incredible support. Efficient, reliable and extremely knowledgeable, you know you’re in safe hands’.

‘Sean Elson always seems to find time, although I appreciate he is very busy and he will never make you feel pressurized or rushed, he has a very calm and measured approach. He is also very pragmatic and when presenting he has a flare of making a legal presentation both interesting and informative and can bring humour into what others make very dry. His presentation skills are legendary and I always look forward to a legal update or legal seminar, which I have to be honest I could not say for any other legal expert in any other firm – I look forward to learning! An accolade‘.

All the members of the team who I have dealings with are very professional and knowledgeable in the area in which they work. They communicate very efficiently with each other and myself. So regardless of who is in attendance at each meeting everyone is up to speed with the project. They also have the ability to make you feel part of their team’.

During times of lockdown, different members of the team have had to attend different meetings due to travel restrictions. This has not been an issue and the service has remained seamless. A great team to work with’.

Key clients

McCarthy & Stone

Mace Ltd


Renew Holdings Group

Work highlights

  • Representing a global infrastructure company following a fatal accident on one if its sites where it was the principal contractor. The client was found not guilty after a trial.
  • Representing a US parented manufacturer, a new client to the team, in relation to an accident in the West Midlands when an employee suffered a serious hand injury following a machinery entrapment.
  • Advising a leading property developer and manager in relation to historic issues arising from building defects and fire safety and the programme of remedial work being devised so that the client can meet its legal obligations.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP fields an outstanding team under the leadership of Roy Tozer. Tozer continues to lead the firm’s team involved in the Grenfell Tower inquiry. Due to the Covid pandemic it has witnessed a myriad of instructions from new regulatory clients and its non-contentious advisory work has also increased. It has niche expertise in a number of sectors such as defence, petrochemical, automotive and health care and it has also been appointed to advise on several inquests and numerous ongoing manslaughter investigations. Hayley Saunders garners praise – her practice spans contentious and non-contentious work and she regularly conducts her own advocacy.  Principal associate Claire Morrissey is an accomplished health and safety practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Roy Tozer

Other key lawyers:

Hayley Saunders; Claire Morrissey


‘Shoosmiths’ expertise in health and safety-related cases is second to none, enabling first rate practical advice, with a genuine understanding of the regulator, their organisation and processes. Hayley Saunders provides a first rate service, highly personalised to our company and is extremely reactive and proactive to all issues. I have not known a similar law company that responds out of working hours so promptly ’.

‘Hayley Saunders is pragmatic, commercially focused and responsive in relation to Covid-19 queries and an evolving landscape of legislation and guidance’

‘Roy Tozer is extremely knowledgeable and a highly client focused, practical legal expert in the field’.

‘A great team, I worked specifically with Hayley Saunders but others have supported in the background. I found Hayley very competent, forthcoming with advice and steering me along the correct path when we review investigations and ongoing cases. We had some positive results with Hayley at the helm due to her diligence and selection of barrister to support’.

‘Hayley Saunders is a great person and really professional lawyer, always on the end of the phone and provides succinct and accurate legal advice. I didn’t feel as though the stop clock was started when liaising with Hayley and we met for regular catch ups and discussions about ongoing case loads. I would recommend Hayley and the team in a flash’.

‘I find the team to be well balanced, both in terms of PQE and experience. Hayley Saunders is my ‘go to’ adviser for health and safety and wider regulatory matters. She is completely honest and open, happy to steer you to other advisers and genuinely concerned to make sure you achieve the best outcome. She puts her client’s needs first and engenders trust’.

‘Very good industry knowledge. Client focused’.

‘Roy Tozer – very good experience of dealing with regulators. Client focused, Easy to work with. knows our business’.

Key clients


Calor Gas

Lifeways Community Care Ltd


Hitachi Rail


Work highlights

  • Acting for the contracting company involved in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower. Advised and represented one of the contracting companies throughout phase 1 and into phase 2 of the inquiry whilst also liaising, when appropriate, with the investigation being conducted by the Metropolitan Police.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP has a broad practice that represents local authorities in health and safety prosecutions as well as defending independent and public sector organisations from HSE or CQC investigations and enforcement actions. It has particular strength in the public sector as its supports well over 100 NHS trust clients (including many ambulance trusts). The nimble team continues to develop its fire safety expertise advising a range of its housing clients on their fire safety obligations and other matters. Adam Kendall has a wealth of experience in this area.

Practice head(s):

Adam Kendall; Hannah Taylor; Stuart Marchant; Carlton Sadler

Key clients

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised and represented University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust throughout the CQC’s first duty of candour prosecution.


The Birmingham team at BLM consists of specialist criminal regulatory lawyers who manage a busy work load that is focused on defendant based health and safety, environmental and health and safety manslaughter cases. It also excels in motor defence work involving serious driving offences and on complex fatal accident investigations. The group provides a cross-sector regulatory service for private and public sector clients and has a strong presence in sectors such as manufacturing, construction, transport and logistics. Head of department Robert Davies specialises in criminal regulatory work and in coronial proceedings

Practice head(s):

Robert Davies


‘The team at BLM has been able to lead us through some difficult waters with respect, patience and most importantly, clear and concise explanations.’

‘Bob Davis has fostered an approach to his customers that serves both sides of the table exceptionally. During a period where face to face meetings have been impossible, the team is quick to respond, will pick up the phone, and importantly walk us through the intricacies of a case in a manner perfectly suited to our limited understanding. The lawyers speak from experience, not superiority. They coach with compassion and understand that the stress felt by their clients often needs a comforting tone, even when the content should be matter of fact’.

Key clients

Allianz Insurance

QBE Insurance

Browne Jacobson LLP

With Nottingham-based Andrew Hopkin at the helm at Browne Jacobson LLP, the team acts for many private sector organisations as well as public sector clients. It also advises on a myriad of other health & safety issues that arise from food safety, environmental, the care sector and road traffic work. Rachel Lyne advises corporate clients directly on health and safety policies and documentation, fatal accident protocols as well as the management of bespoke risks such as legionella, asbestos and chemicals. It also prosecutes health and safety cases for local authorities and fire authorities.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Hopkin

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Lyne


‘The team is friendly and helpful, taking a proactive approach to problem-solving in case work and helping us to promptly deal with any issues arising. Team members are accessible which allows our staff to quickly review matters in order to assist in decision-making and strategy. This approach compares well to other firms’.

Rachel Lyne is very user and client-friendly, efficient and a safe pair of hands‘.

Key clients

J S Wright

Addo Food Group (Holdings) Limited

England Hockey

Yusen Logistics

West Midlands Fire & Rescue Service

Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service

Construction Testing Solutions Limited


David Egan heads the regional group at DWF that frequently works alongside its national team on some of the most high-profile health and safety investigations in the country. Other members of the team include associates Caroline Depledge and Simon Naylor. The department receives regular instructions from significant clients to act in some major cases that are brought by the HSE, local authorities and police forces. It receives a steady flow of instructions from both insurers and directly from large corporates across a wide range of sectors such as energy, retail, transport and education as well as healthcare, construction, local government and manufacturing.

Practice head(s):

David Egan; Steffan Groch

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Depledge; Simon Naylor


‘I have been hugely impressed by Simon Naylor who is operating at a level way beyond his years’.

‘The team is very good at managing document heavy, complex regulatory cases. The lawyers have brilliant attention to detail and work collaboratively with clients to achieve the best results possible’.

‘Simon Naylor is a real rising star of the regulatory world. His client care is exceptional. He has been excellent at helping manage an extensive disclosure process which has been ongoing for a number of years’.

Caroline Depledge is a great associate going places.  David Egan – the oracle for environmental law. The whole firm is very strong in H&S and environmental work. Great to work for’.

‘Very impressive team with outstanding knowledge of H&S. Caroline Depledge is brilliant with clients from the director to the man driving the deliveries- a keen sense for law and always on top of the facts’.

‘The team has been very proactive in supporting us on a complex, high-profile matter, working closely with us to achieve our objectives’

‘Simon Naylor has  worked exceptionally well with us, demonstrating professionalism, perseverance, innovation and dedication to help us deliver high quality product to very tight timescales’.

Key clients

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea




Direct Line



NFU Mutual

Starr Underwriting

Work highlights

  • Advising the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea during the ongoing public inquiry and criminal investigation following the fire at Grenfell Tower.
  • Advised Dhesi Sweets Centre Ltd in relation to a fatal incident after a worker fell from a mezzanine floor level whilst loading a trailer with product.

Gateley Plc

Ruth Armstrong leads an excellent team at Gateley Plc that is an integral part of a strong nationwide team. It provides a one-stop fatality and major incident/crisis management service to a national client base. The team has significant proven expertise across a number of sectors including housebuilding, construction and transport and acts for 19 of the top 20 housebuilders in the UK  as well as many blue-chip companies and household names, SMEs and owner-managed businesses. It also excels at advising on complex multi-defendant Magistrates and Crown Court trials. Senior associate Kate Oliver is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Armstrong

Other key lawyers:

Kate Oliver; Chris Grainger


‘Great all round performance, expertise and very good to deal with’.

‘Ruth Armstrong – superb all rounder, one of the very best in the field nationally.’

‘Chris Grainger is a capable and tenacious solicitor, very good to deal with’.

Key clients

United Molasses Group

Drayton Manor Park Limited

Taylor Wimpey plc

Bovis Homes

Bellway plc

North West Fire Control

Story Homes Group

Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

Costcutter Supermarkets Group

Dr. Oetker (UK) Limited

Malmaison & Hotel du Vin Property Holdings Limited

Samworth Brothers Limited

Garvey Demolition Ltd

Sudlows Limited

Chevron Traffic Management Limited

Mamas and Papas Limited

All England Netball

Sport Regulation Authority

Davidsons Developments Limited

Croudace Homes Group

DCC plc

Certas Energy UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Continuing to act for a number of housebuilders in connection with their high-rise apartment block portfolio following the Grenfell tragedy. The team is assisting them in reviewing the cladding and fire risk across hundreds of buildings across the country.
  • Representing Drayton Manor Park in the ongoing investigation and prosecution following the high-profile fatal accident to a child on its water rapids ride during a school trip.  
  • Acting for the operator in the joint police and HSE investigation following a double fatality involving two contractors carrying out work at its chilling facility when they were overcome by fumes.


The Birmingham health and safety offering at Kennedys is headed by James Shrimpton. The practice advises defendants facing police, HSE and local authority prosecutions, as well as providing advocacy at inquests and is adept at advising on all stages of investigations and prosecution. Of note is the fact that the large team is experienced at advising clients and their insurers on any associated civil claims for damages too. Naomi North, who is a higher rights advocate, leads the motor crime team and receives instructions from insurers, brokers and corporate clients.

Practice head(s):

James Shrimpton

Other key lawyers:

Naomi North


‘One of the leading teams in the country, especially for insurance related work. The lawyers can justifiably state that they attract the biggest and most high profile cases in the area. The Birmingham office has a broad clientele from representing large corporate clients while also having a reputation for being able to offer individualised service to managers and directors accused of the most serious individual offences in the area’.

‘James Shrimpton is the partner leading the team. Known for his calm demeanour which instils confidence in his client, it hides a razor sharp mind that gets to the heart of any case. As happy in the boardroom as he is in a courtroom, a star in the regional area’.

‘James Shrimpton provided us with a truly excellent service and guided us through what was quite a scary process at the time. He provided clear concise advice in a way a non legal person could understand but did not shy away from giving us some hard truths’.

‘Kennedys provides national and international representation for our business needs and those of our customers; the service is always of the highest standard.  Our business has wide ranging needs for customers in the provision of legal services and Kennedys is always willing and able to meet that need‘.

‘James Shrimpton is my go-to lawyer in the Midlands for the Health & Safety needs of our customers. James is able to represent our customers for inquests or regulatory prosecutions and our customers always feel that he provides the best quality advice and representation, that he gives clear and helpful advice and that he cares for our customers and achieves the best result possible. I have received many communications from our customers thanking us for the advice provided’.

Work highlights

  • Handled a multi-defendant prosecution (with complicated disclosure issues) following a high-profile fatal road traffic collision, where the team ensured that the defendant was acquitted of all driving offences.
  • Provided crisis management advice and representation to a  driver following a high-profile and serious bridge strike resulting in one death and multiple injuries to other occupants.
  • Provided prompt advice following a high-profile fatal collision involving the death of a father of five, providing representation at the police station right through to sentencing of the driver involved.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP has a specialist team that is known for its work on cases involving a public interest component such as mental health and has significant sector expertise in areas as diverse as transport, logistics, public sector and local government. Other strengths lie in advising on environmental issues and business crime. It has a broad client base of public, commercial, sports and charity bodies as well as clients in the insurance sector.  Birmingham-based Andrew Brammer is part of a strong national offering; he has expertise on both the contentious and non-contentious side.

Practice head(s):

David Lewis; Dewi Ap Thomas; Crispin Kenyon; Andrew Brammer

Other key lawyers:

James Muller; Tom Boulton


‘Our contact with the practice has been in relation to very specialised transport related matters, and the expertise that that they have been able to display and therefore the reassurance that this has provided has proved invaluable, including its full and ongoing support when required. The individuals are able to tailor their approach and their manner has been reassuring to all staff who have had direct contact with them’.

‘Excellent team with strong and growing health and safety presence. Andrew Brammer and James Muller are two very impressive individuals who are experienced, very hardworking and increasingly involved in a range of major cases. Excellent as a team. Highly rated’.

‘Without doubt one of the leading health and safety teams in the Midlands is Weightmans in Birmingham. It has recently gone through a stage of targeted recruitment resulting in a team with real strength in depth from top to bottom. It is attracting both insurance and commercial clients and is able to provide both high quality advisory work and litigation advice. A team going places ’.

‘The two standout members of the team are the Andrew Brammer, who has substantial big case experience, and James Muller, who is one of the brightest and most knowledgeable young solicitors in the sector – a real one to watch, as he is going places’.

‘Weightmans is a class act.  It has a superb reputation and delivers accordingly. Andrew Bramner is a stand-out performer in the regulatory market. He has a strong mind and good judgement. He has a methodical approach to each case and will keep working at it to achieve the best from it. He has a professional manner that clients feel supported by’.

‘The team represents a broad range of clients from different industries facing health and safety prosecutions or inquests resulting from workplace accidents’.

‘Andrew Brammer heads up the team in Birmingham. He has many years of experience in defending criminal prosecutions which he puts to excellent use in the health and safety sphere. He has represented clients across the construction, property and care sectors ranging from individuals to market leading care providers. Tom Boulton has a background in prosecuting health and safety offences for the HSE which he now puts to good effect in defending employers being prosecuted for such offences’.

‘The team’s most satisfying trait is its absolute commitment to making the engagement a personal one. The rapport that the lawyers build is amazing and offers the highest degree of confidence for the client. This rapport, coupled with its unquestionable professionalism has been what has kept us returning to the team when required. Andrew Brammer’s commitment to the case and his availability for a chat or to discuss an issue is extremely welcome’.

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Under the leadership of Tim Coolican at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP, the regulatory department frequently assists its social housing, health, social care and education clients as well as clients in the social business and local government sectors on various matters. It advises and represents clients in police, CQC and HSE investigations and prosecutions as well as during inquest proceedings. The team also regularly advises clients on how to comply with their health and safety obligations.

Practice head(s):

Tim Coolican

Other key lawyers:

Lorna Kenyon


‘Obtaining good sound legal advice is key to understanding and being able to balance the risks of business decisions; however, some legal advisors are very risk adverse in giving advice. Having worked with Anthony Collins for some years, I know that the lawyers will ‘get off the fence’ and provide risk-balanced advice that gives clarity in approach and enables good business decision-making’.

Having worked specifically with Tim Coolican on some matters that represented a significant reputational risk to our organisation, he was able to provide the assurance we needed to fully understand what was a very complex legal picture. He made the advice clear, easy to understand and gave balanced options on our course of action and the risks associated with each‘.

‘The team has very strong expertise in the care and housing sectors’.

‘Tim Coolican is very experienced and heads the team. He has many years’ experience in regulatory and coronial proceedings which he uses to good effect in steering his team and advising clients. Lorna Kenyon is quickly building experience particularly amongst clients in the care sector’.

‘Absolute trusted source of advice’.

‘Great reputation and diligent beyond belief’.

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on how to balance the often-competing care safety, health and safety and covid-19 obligations during the pandemic. This work has included assisting the client in lobbying for a change in national guidance around the use of PPE in learning disability settings.
  • Represented a large social housing provider in relation to a prosecution by the HSE following an incident in which a worker fell from height, obtaining expert evidence to demonstrate that the HSE’s categorisation of the risk of death was overstated and securing a significant reduction in the starting point fine.
  • Represented a social housing provider following a fatal fire and during related inquest proceedings, ensuring that the proceedings ended without any adverse comment in relation to the client.

Keoghs LLP

Keoghs LLP is best known for the defence of high-profile and serious regulatory breaches across all service sectors for corporate entities, insurers and individual directors. It deals with the entire range of regulatory cases, adverse event investigations, inquests and prosecutions that are brought by the CPS, HSE, fire and food authorities in addition to the Environment Agency, local authorities, CQC and other regulators. Chris Green has a wealth of experience in the defence of major and complex multi-party fatality prosecutions.

Practice head(s):

Chris Green; Tim Ingram; Chris Newton


‘The Keoghs team is strong and has a long history in all aspects of health & safety. Keoghs is well known in the market and has been involved in some high-profile cases, and continues to do so. There is a wealth of experience, and advice is always on point, pragmatic, and the lawyers will fight for their clients in a realistic manner, bringing to bear all of the experience it has across many sectors. Keoghs compares very favourably with other firms in the market’.

‘Chris Green identifies the strengths and weaknesses in matters of enforcement early and helps focus on the core matters. He is proactive, approachable and ahead of the game’.

‘Chris Green was forensic in his approach and encouraged the truth from those he interviewed. This ensured that we fully understood the risks associated with our defence. He was tenacious and was able to use his skills to negotiate the best possible outcome for us as a business under difficult circumstances. He was a pleasure to work with and set high standards for ongoing works associated to the case in question’.

‘The health & safety practice at Keoghs has provided excellent support to us. It has brought extensive legal and procedural knowledge through the relationship. Chris Green has been a standout. His knowledge and experience has been exemplary and his attention to detail really helpful. He has also been able to keep us focused on the matter at hand’.

‘Keoghs over the last couple of years has expanded with some v good new recruits. It is one of the firms to go to for H&S . Chris Green was very impressive – hardworking and always helpfu. He lives and breaths the work and has an enviable list of clients’.

‘The team was always available and responsive at all times. Any questions raised or clarifications required were dealt with a clear response. Chris Green made things easier and simple to understand and was always attentive’.

Key clients

Greene King


Smurfit Kappa


Gs Fresh

Bourne Leisure

AS Green Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Bourne Leisure in an inquest into the death of a two year old boy who choked on food served in a restaurant at Butlin’s.
  • Successfully defended a group of hotels being prosecuted for serving a desert containing nuts to a boy who was hospitalised after suffering an allergic reaction after consuming it at a school prom event. Both offences were dropped and the team advised the business about its labelling and due diligence food safety management systems going forward.
  • Appeared at the inquest for the operator of a station on the new Crossrail line where a young mother and her three year old daughter were hit by a train while the station was being refurbished. In a multi-party hearing lasting three weeks, the coroner considered suicide prevention measures on the railway and the roles and responsibilities of various parties involved in the construction of the new infrastructure.

Plexus Law

Plexus Law has extensive experience in advising organisations and individuals in all areas of health and safety and environmental legislation. It is particularly skilled at assisting in the aftermath of workplace accidents and incidents as well as in the defence of HSE, EA and local authority investigations and regulatory prosecutions. The practice is also recommended for its work on corporate and individual manslaughter investigations, inquests and serious case reviews. Its clients include insurance companies, corporates, self-insureds, local authorities and individuals. Anthony Bushell and Damon Burt head the department, which also recently added Julia Messervy-Whiting to its ranks from Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Bushell; Damon Burt

Other key lawyers:

Julia Messervy-Whiting


‘Plexus is a dynamic, innovative firm that is the go-to team for a number of big insurance clients – who value its cost effectiveness, which is never at the expense of providing a high quality work product. The lawyers have embraced the challenges of the pandemic and are now established as a significant player in the competitive health and safety sector.’

‘Anthony Bushell is a hugely experienced litigator who brings a wealth of technical knowledge and court experience to his clients. He has a huge personal following with Insurers who value his clear and prompt advice’.

‘Very thorough and detailed approach to handling claims, ensuring all relevant liability and quantum enquiries are undertaken. Proactive approach in terms of trying to drive a claim to an early resolution. Expertise in handling catastrophic losses/injuries of the upmost severity and large/complex third party property damage claims’.

‘The Evesham branch of Plexus Law contains some of the finest defendant personal injury and industrial disease lawyers in the country. The absolute stand outs are Anthony Bushell and Damon Burt. They have fantastic technical knowledge, great courage and exceptional commitment. Their investigations are prompt and thorough’.

‘Anthony Bushell has an exceptional forensic skills and a keen eye for detail. He is tough in negotiations, knows when to hold his ground and how to fight. A pleasure to work for.’

‘Damon Burt is the king of asbestos work. Regularly acts for insurers in cases in the higher courts. Well known on all sides for brilliance in this field’.

Key clients


Tata Steel

GHG Adjusters

Worcester County Council

Dual Oliva insurance company

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is recognised for its work in defending large corporate organisations and directors in the most serious health and safety matters and for its accident and investigation work both nationally and internationally. It has specialist industry experience across a range of sectors such as entertainment, food and drink, retail, waste and manufacturing. Other specialist areas include chemicals, construction, life sciences and the charity sector. Rob Elvin leads the team, working with director Gary Lewis in Manchester. Senior associate Robert Biddlecombe is among the key contacts in Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

Rob Elvin

Other key lawyers:

Gary Lewis; Robert Biddlecombe


‘Superb communication, excellent industry sector knowledge, helpful and proactive, legitimate willingness to help’.

‘We were made to feel that we were working together as a cohesive team, Gary Lewis worked closely with us to understand the engineering issues. Gary was able to understand a complex engineering issue and formulate a defence. His communication skills and ability to put over a complex issue in a simple and straightforward way was excellent’.

‘The team is able to roll its sleeves up and give practical advice. The lawyers don’t just tell you what the law says’.

Key clients

Ei Group Plc (formerly known as Enterprise Inns)

EDF Energy

Live Nation

Showsec International Limited

Delphi Diesel Systems

Aeros Global Limited

Tunstall Healthcare

Pontrilas Sawmills Limited

National Grid Gas Plc

Bayer Crop Science

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Showsec in relation to the public inquiry into the Manchester Arena terrorist attack.
  • Advising on the prosecution of National Grid relating to alleged failures to maintain and inspect parts of the client’s gas distribution network.
  • Acting for Delphi Diesel Systems on a prosecution brought by the HSE arising out of an accident at a Delphi factory in July 2017 and on an appeal resulting in a significant fine reduction for the client.