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DAC Beachcroft LLP  possesses 'enormous experience in the field' and 'instils absolute confidence' with its 'excellent preparation and knowledge'. Sally Roff heads the team and regularly defends corporate clients on investigations and prosecutions. Alongside associate Steven Harrison, Roff advised West End Motors on a police and HSE investigation involving an accident resulting from the collapse of a vehicle lift and assisted Fortec Distribution with inquest proceedings into an accident pertaining to an overturning forklift truck.  Harrison has 'an incredible work ethic', and 'leaves absolutely no stone unturned in his efforts'. Consultant Andrew Roach is also a key figure and 'rightly commands the respect of all practitioners in the field'. He recently assisted Parks London with a HSE investigation relating to a forklift truck injury and advised S&E LPG who was fined £26,000 after gas from an LPG vessel ignited and an employee suffered burns.

Eversheds Sutherland  work on high profile prosecutions and investigations, with a client list that includes Siemens, Centrica and National Grid. Kevin Elliott heads the practice nationally and recently advised a property management company after a member of the public was killed from blowing debris from one of the client's properties during 'Storm Doris'.  David Young  focuses on compliance and enforcement work that involves serious incidents,  contentious environmental cases, as well as food and product safety. Paul Verrico  is an expert in regulatory matters and  defended Tarmac Marine against a prosecution from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for a breach of maritime asbestos legislation.

The 'excellent' Gowling WLG  is led by Andrew Litchfield who has extensive experience in regulatory investigations and is 'pragmatic', 'highly knowledgeable' and 'quick to respond'. Principal associate Michael Hafen is an expert in advising on investigations into fatal injuries. Principal associate Natalie Barton-Howes is also experienced in fatal accident investigations.  Susan Dearden joined Finch Consulting.

The 'excellent' Pinsent Masons LLP is 'one of the leading health and safety firms in the country and certainly in the Midlands'. Sean Elson leads the Birmingham team and 'is always on top of the detail of his cases' and 'very astute at identifying the most effective strategy for a case'. Recent work highlights of his include advising an engineering company on two separate HSE investigations and prosecutions on the management of vibration risk and defending a metals company which faced prosecution from the HSE after an employee was hit by a fork lift. Associate Louise Mansfield  is also experienced in health and safety and regulatory law.

Shoosmiths LLP  works on high profile health and safety cases, with a client roster that includes IKEA,  Calor Gas and Lifeways. Roy Tozer leads the team and recently defended a principal contractor whose sub contractor fell from a significant height while working on the refurbishment of a tower block.  Hayley Saunders  is also a key figure and recently advised the site manager of Westgreen Construction whose window frames fell and killed a member of the public in Hanover Square. Senior associate Claire Morrissey joined from DLA Piper UK LLP  in 2017 and has significant expertise in dealing with inquiries and investigations.

Bevan Brittan LLP  has a broad health and safety practice which predominantly represents clients in the public sector. Adam Kendall leads the team and works on cases that cover health and safety, environment, trading standards and waste licensing. Associate Melissa Stanford is also a key figure with experience advising on fire safety, asbestos and legionnaires’ disease issues.

BLM handles a range of matters including corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter cases. Bob Davies is a key figure in the Birmingham office and regularly advises on fatal accident cases. Recent work highlights include advising Priority Construction on a fatal accident that occurred on its construction site and assisting Millbrook Healthcare with a HSE investigation involving the death of an elderly woman from using one of the client's mobile hoists. Jill Crawford is also a key figure and specialises in environmental investigations and prosecutions.

Browne Jacobson LLP  provides 'a comprehensive health and safety service in both advisory work and court work'. Rachel Lyne  is a key figure at the Birmingham office, and is 'very competent, thorough and knowledgeable'.  She recently advised Faltec Europe on a legionnaires outbreak and on a separate dust cloud explosion.

A key focus of Gateley Plc is on defending cases involving fatal accidents, gross negligence manslaughter and corporate manslaughter. Ruth Armstrong leads the team nationally and is an expert in advising on high profile investigations for corporate clients.She recently defended Drawn Metal on a multi-defendant manslaughter claim which arose from a lawyer being killed by a falling window frame and advised AGD Equipment on a fatal accident suffered while conducting pressure testing on its premises. Pauline Munro is also a key figure who is 'approachable', 'professional', 'thorough' and 'works to an exceptionally high standard'.  Also recommended are associate Kate Oliver and solicitor Chris Grainger, who regularly acts on criminal defence work in this space.

Kennedys is 'a powerful force' that is 'hard-working' and 'effective' that has a strong reputation in defending HSE and local authority prosecutions. James Shrimpton  leads the team and is 'razor sharp in this area' and 'not afraid to stand up to regulatory authorities'. Also recommended is solicitor Ruth Sheret, who is  'a formidable negotiator' and 'a first class litigant'.

Weightmans LLP practice is led by Chris Green, who regularly defends both public and private bodies on high profile investigations. Recent work highlights include defending the project manager of a company operating a construction project in Hanover Square where a falling window frame killed a lawyer who was passing by. He also represented the University of Wolverhampton whose employee was struck by blowing debris from a shopping centre during Storm Doris.

DWF  is headed by David Egan, who is an expert in defending companies against health and safety and environmental criminal proceedings. Other names of note include: director Simon Belfield,  who specialises in corporate defence matters; associate Caroline Depledge, who is experienced in  health and safety prosecutions and solicitor Simon Naylor, who regularly advises on incidents where there has been multiple fatalities. QBE, Zurich and Covea are key clients.

George Green LLP  is led by James Lowe , who specialises in high profile investigations and prosecutions, predominantly in the waste, manufacturing, retail and construction sectors.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys  is led by Heath Thomas  who is an expert in regulator matters relating to health and safety, fire safety and environmental protection. Other notable names include: Aled Owen , who is an expert in the agri food sector, and associate solicitor Laura Shirley , who also focuses on regulatory issues.

Mills & Reeve LLP  is experienced in investigations facing the construction and healthcare sectors. Duncan Astill  leads the Brimingham team and recently advised Befesa Salt Slags on two separate matters. The first involved an investigation into the death of a Spanish contractor while replacing heavy machinery on the client's premises and the second on the management of the risks posed by hand arm vibration syndrome.  Also recommended is consultant Chris Gough, who is an expert in advising on carbon monoxide-related cases.

Plexus Law  has extensive experience in advising on health and safety and environmental legislation, and provides 'a consistent high level of service ' and advise that 'impeccable' and 'very professional'.  Anthony Bushell co-heads the team and 'has consistently demonstrated an ability to control cases to what is considered an appropriate and favourable conclusion'. He advised Castle Care on an alleged corporate manslaughter claim involving a child who died during an excursion organised by the client. Fellow practice head Damon Burt is an expert in public and employer liability claims. Howard Cotes  is also an expert in liability claims and defended an ambulance who was accused of causing death by careless driving. QBE, Ageas and Tata Steel are also key clients.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP  provides 'excellent client service' and 'covers all areas of litigation arising out of industrial accidents and deaths'. Leading the team is Julia Messervy-Whiting , who is 'fantastically well-organised' and 'gives sound advice at the earliest possible stage'. Also recommended are Craig Wallace  and associate David Ollivere . Direct Line, the University of Warwick and The NEC are key clients.

Squire Patton Boggs' Birmingham office is led by Dave Gordon  who has a strong background in environmental toxicology and regularly advises on health and safety issues surrounding this field. Senior associate Robert Biddlecombe is also a key figure and is an expert in facilities management related cases. He advised Molson Coors on the health and safety compliance aspects relating to the client's acquisition of Aspall Cyder and assisted Vp on the health and safety elements of its purchase of Brandon Hire.

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