Health and safety in Yorkshire And The Humber


Based in Sheffield, the health and safety practice at CMS is noted for its high risk industry expertise, acting across the manufacturing, energy and construction sectors. Overseen by Lukas Rootman, who is described as 'simply the best regulatory lawyer out there', the team handles a significant amount of inquests for large corporates and assists with investigations into fatal workplace accidents. Associate Aimie Farmer is the name for defending prosecutions brought by regulatory bodies including local authorities and the Environment Agency. The team is recommended particularly for real estate and energy matters.

Practice head(s):

Lukas Rootman

Other key lawyers:

Aimie Farmer


‘Lukas Rootman is the most pragmatic, client focused lawyer I work with. In difficult situations he is a calm and reassuring presence.’

‘The lawyers fully involve the client in their thinking process and fully explain the potential outcome each step of the way. In the event the lawyer feels the outcome is likely to be unfavourable, they explain in full detail how they will try to impress upon the court the good things about the client, with a determination to minimise the judgement and keep costs down. I have not dealt with many lawyers personally but if the need arose again in the future, I would not hesitate in hiring the services of CMS.’

‘Very courteous and reassuring, the client is always made to feel that they are in control and any questions that the client puts forward always receives a full broken down explanation. Understanding exactly where matters stand is very important and helps the client to reach the best possible decisions each step of the way.’

‘The team at CMS consists of a very down to earth set of individuals. Not only do they have great personalities but they are hard working, dedicated to their clients and decisive when it comes to providing advice. Compared to other firms, which have tended to “sit on the fence” (leaving a client very confused) CMS provide very commercial advice as they get to know their clients and their business thoroughly. There will be no endless pages of confusing advice notes either!’

‘Lukas Rootman – quite simply the best regulatory lawyer out there. Lukas provides very focused advice and is commercial at the same time. He always ensures that he and his team works in a way that is most efficient for the client, in terms of both cost and time. He is also great at building a rapport with all individuals, not just the in house lawyers who instruct him.’

Aimie Farmer – a knowledgeable and hard working lawyer who is very approachable. Aimie will do everything necessary to ensure the right outcome and also has the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with clients. An all-rounder who you would want in your team.’

‘Gives us support in challenging health and safety matters.’

‘We feel confident when Lukas Rootman is looking after our interests. Straight talking and very responsive.’

Work highlights

  • Advised the internal H&S team at Veolia AS as part of the internal investigation of a fatal accident and in respect of an appeal to an improvement notice.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's health and safety group retains its strength in the insurance market and is singled out by clients for its 'commitment to achieving the best for its clients'. Overseen by Chris Baranowski, the team also fields Tracey Longfield and associate Matthew Breakell, and handles a steady stream of criminal investigations, public inquiries and manslaughter proceedings. The team has a strong offering in the construction and manufacturing sectors, and is recommended for regulatory work and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Chris Baranowsk

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Breakell; Tracey Longfield


‘The team truly committed to achieving the best for their clients. The preparatory work on a case is second to none and one gets the feeling that the team really cares about the outcome of individual cases. They are a reassuring team to have fighting on your behalf.’

‘Mat Breakell is an exceptional practitioner with a robust and realistic approach to cases. Uncompromising in appropriate cases but realistic enough to broker a compromise in the appropriate case. Personable and approachable he is great at explaining the forensic realities of a case to clients.’

‘Excellent understanding of the legal matters at hand and a very good service at all hours during the pandemic – including weekends.’

‘They have been professional and efficient with my company and provided excellent advice. I have no hesitation in recommending this company.’

‘Knowledgeable, accessible team. Matthew Breakell is extremely competent and reliable.’

‘DAC Beachcroft offers excellent service to a wide range of clients, insurance backed and private-paying. Their contact and engagement with lay clients is second-to-none and is backed up by a real commitment to the client’s best interests in any litigation. Their experience of litigation means that they do not run pointless yet costly arguments and always provide robust yet realistic advice.’

‘Matthew Breakell always demonstrates a real commitment to his clients’ cases, appreciating the emotional effect of litigation and any attendant public interest on organisations as well as the key individuals. He always provides accurate and timely advice and guidance, not only as to the legal issues, but the wider ramifications of the decisions that need to be made.’

‘Matthew Breakell has an exceptional understanding of the sector. He was able assess our needs, provide a proposed solution and work with us to fine tune what we were looking for. He delivered a very valuable training session for our leaders and adapted it perfectly for the virtual delivery.’

Key clients

Dimensions UK Ltd

Options for Supported Living

Story Contracting

Fox (Owmby) Ltd

Mulgrave Developments Ltd

Panelbond Ltd

Harron Homes Ltd

CECA (Construction and Engineering Contractors Association)

Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance

Aviva Insurance

Zurich Insurance

NFU Mutual Insurance

Work highlights

  • Assisted Dimensions with its internal investigations and provides support to the Board and employees.
  • Represented Panelbond Ltd in respect of a prosecution by HSE following a workplace incident when one of the company’s employees sustained a serious hand injury whilst operating a metal cutting guillotine.

DLA Piper

Based in Sheffield, the practice at DLA Piper is instructed on a mix of non-contentious and contentious matters from clients operating in high-risk sectors including the manufacturing and construction industries. Led by Teresa Hitchcock, the team ‘delivers a top-quality service’ and is skilled in transactional mandates, regulatory compliance work and investigations. Alastair Clough is the key name for compliance matters; he also has a focus on waste management issues and environmental law. Director Ailish Oxenforth is also a core member. The group has various domestic and global corporates as key clients.

Practice head(s):

Teresa Hitchcock

Other key lawyers:

Ailish Oxenforth; Alistair Clough; Simon Tingle


‘A very strong team practice, they are able to deliver a top quality service with experts through the field.’

‘Ailish Oxenforth is a superb lawyer with excellent tactical nous and a real way with clients.’

‘Consistent dedicated support. In-depth knowledge of clients business to enable informed and bespoke advice.’

‘Teresa Hitchcock – valued opinions and advice. Consummate professional and able to deal with arising issues quickly and effectively. Ailish Oxenforth – thorough with an expert attention to detail. Gives a rounded approach and brings a personable approach to bring out the best in clients.’

‘Simon Tingle is incredibly bright; a star of the future in the health and safety and regulatory world.’

‘Simon Tingle has been involved in a number of major safety cases. He is very strong on detail and keeps the client onside with his enthusiasm and preparedness. Good on tactics and willingness to try alternative strategies. Great team player and valued by clients.’

Key clients

Arconic Corporation

VolkerRail Limited

Brother Industries UK Limited

Axa Real Estate Investment Managers UK Ltd

Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare UK Limited

Sytner Group Limited trading as Mercedes Benz of Northampton

Work highlights

  • Instructed by VolkerRail Limited  in a prosecution being brought by the Office of Road and Rail in relation to an accident which occurred in 2014, during a rail improvement project.
  • Advised Axa Real Estate Investment Managers UK Ltd on implementing a health and safety governance structure.
  • Advised Brother Industries UK Limited in relation to a new restriction coming into force in the EU REACH regulation that restricted the use of PFOA in articles (products).

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, the multidisciplinary health and safety practice is led by Leeds-based Paul Verrico and has extensive experience across contentious and non-contentious mandates. The team handles investigations and sensitive inquests regarding workplace fatalities, and works cross-border with its offices in Asia Pacific and the Middle East on high-value safety systems. Philip Crosbie advises on compliance matters and is active in the medical and pharmaceuticals sectors, while Charlotte Wood is the contact for large compliance projects. Clients include leading national infrastructure players and blue chip companies.

Practice head(s):

Paul Verrico

Other key lawyers:

Philip Crosbie; Charlotte Wood


‘Paul Verrico and Phil Crosbie are great, really are second to none.’

‘Our first (and only!) call when it comes to H&S advice – Paul and his team provide expert, practical and commercial advice in relation to any H&S matter. They have supported us with a range of issues and each time the advice received was first class.’

‘Paul Verrico – commercial and approachable but also a true expert in his field. Provides quick, astute advice in all situations and has a fantastic team too. Charlotte Wood – very knowledgeable and approachable and great with detail.’

‘Paul Verrico is a big name in this field who adds regular and insightful commentary to H&S in the workplace. He is well respected by clients, counsel and peers. A true force to be reckoned with!’

‘Phil Crosbie in the team is also very effective.’

‘Paul Verrico is the star in their ranks – very capable, calm under pressure and a great advocate. he is brimming with ideas on how to take the team forward. Also a Partner in the making is Philip Crosbie – an asset to any team.’

Key clients

Network Rail

China Light and Power

BAM Nuttall



Harworth Estates

Hutchison Ports

University of Liverpool

Parker Hannifin

Bothar Boring


Bannatyne Group


Marshalls plc

Pall Corporation

Places for People

EP (UK) Investments

Work highlights

  • Advising Hong Kong Energy Provider in improving safety across its sites in Hong Kong to ensure the organisation is aligned with  leading practices across this sector and delivers world class safety to achieve its zero harm mandate.
  • Appointed by Network Rail in the high profile inquest into the tragic deaths arising from the Manchester Arena terror bombing in May 2017.
  • Advising BAM Nuttall in respect of a fatal accident which occurred in East Leeds.

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP is instructed on contentious health and safety mandates including serious fatalities and complex litigation work. Overseen by Jeanette Burgess, the full-service practice has a strong track record in acting in inquests of national importance, sensitive investigations and corporate negligence cases. Stuart Ponting is a key name in the group and has a number of household names as key clients, while newly promoted director Claire Burrows acts for construction, manufacturing and care home sector clients. Cross-border work also features in the group’s caseload.

Practice head(s):

Jeanette Burgess

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Ponting; Claire Burrows


‘Excellent team that work efficiently together and have a wide breadth of knowledge and expertise.’

‘Claire Burrows is exceptional. She is incredibly responsive and knowledgeable, and has a brilliant eye for detail for her clients.’

‘Stuart Ponting and Claire Burrows are a well organised and coherent support team, whose service has never been anything but exemplary to me.’

‘Stuart Ponting has excellent knowledge of corporate law in regard to health and safety. He was fully aware of current trends and legislative developments that could have had a potential impact on the company. Stuart was always very quick to respond to our needs with a willingness to go above and beyond.’

Key clients


Vistry Homes

Persimmon plc

Royal Mencap Society

Young’s Seafood Limited

Galliford Try plc

Erith Group

Adler & Allan Ltd

Oil & Pipelines Agency (UK Government)

KONE plc

Work highlights

  • Advised the UK Government agency in an appeal against an Improvement Notice issued by HSE at highly sensitive military COMAH site.
  • Advising an engineer at Didcot Power Station on the ongoing joint Police and HSE investigation in which charges of corporate and gross negligence manslaughter are being considered.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard‘s full service practice is highlighted for its ‘excellent technical skill’ and handles high-profile instructions across inquests, public inquiries, and investigations. Practice head Erin Shoesmith splits her time between Manchester, Leeds and London and is the key name in the group, singled out for her expertise in criminal regulatory work. Adrian Mansbridge handles health and safety defence matters, and the team also counts fire, product and food safety issues among its core expertise. Associate India Haresign is the name for health and safety breaches. The group leverages teams across Manchester, London and Scotland to handle large regional mandates.

Practice head(s):

Erin Shoesmith

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Mansbridge; India Haresign


‘It is the leadership of Erin Shoesmith which pulls this team into a strikingly strong and committed whole. Everyone in the team gives tremendous attention to all aspects of the issues on the table, as a result of which solutions are rapidly identified and implemented. If the AG team is looking after you, then you feel looked after.’

Erin Shoesmith has a deserved reputation as being in the very top drawer. Her dedication to her clients shines through. There is nobody better.’

Erin Shoesmith is a great lawyer, leader and very commercial.’

‘Great team, strength in depth, great clients, interesting work.’

India Haresign is a very good junior associate.

‘They are good all rounders with excellent technical skills and a good sense of perspective and judgement.’

Adrian Mansbridge is a first rate lawyer who combines technical know-how with a practical approach and excellent judgement.’

Key clients

Skanska Construction UK Limited

Morrison Utility Services Limited

Scottish Futures Trust

Eddie Stobart Limited

AAH Pharmaceuticals Limited

Manchester Metropolitan University

Victrex Plc

Travelodge Hotels Ltd

Boohoo Group


British American Tobacco Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for core participants in three of the most high-profile public inquiries in recent history, the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry, the Manchester Arena Bombing Inquiry and the Scottish Hospitals Inquiry.
  • Acting on behalf of three bereaved families in the Manchester Arena Bombing Public Inquiry.
  • Advising stakeholders in high-risk residential developments in connection with fire safety issues, including those posed in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy, the Hackitt review and the forthcoming Building and Fire Safety Bills.


Clarion handles a steady stream of regulatory matters across the food and drinks sector for leading domestic clients. Led by the highly rated Sarah Taylor, who is ‘one of the outstanding regulatory lawyers of her generation’ according to clients, the group is instructed on health and safety matters, trading standards investigations, and coroner inquests. Associate Lucy Alderson is also a core member of the team and provides compliance advice and training to large corporates. Workplace fatalities also feature in the group's workload.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Alderson


‘The health and safety team has two members with whom I have worked closely. Sarah Taylor (partner) and Lucy Alderson (associate). Sarah brings a wealth of experience from many big health and safety cases, but complements this with vast experience from other regulatory fields such as food safety, consumer protection and product safety. Lucy is a very able lawyer and quickly grasps factual and legal issues pertinent to a case. This firm compares more than favourably with all the big players in the health and safety field.’

‘Sarah Taylor is one of the outstanding regulatory lawyers of her generation. No higher praise can be bestowed on an individual lawyer than when other specialist lawyers would choose her above all others to represent them if they were unlucky enough to come to the attention of the regulator. I know more than one person who would unhesitatingly engage her in such circumstances to represent them. She is a fine lawyer, but also has client care skills of high quality and the ability to identify the real issues very early in case. This is all done in a calm and measured fashion immediately gaining the client’s confidence.’

‘Sarah Taylor is an excellent technical lawyer.

‘Sarah is in my view the pre-eminent solicitor for all types of regulatory work – food, health and safety, criminal product liability and so on. She is vastly experienced, has immense commercial judgement and is an absolute pleasure to work with. Sometimes, as practitioners become more senior and have additional responsibilities they can lose their focus on the detail – this is something which Sarah has maintained as she has become more senior and she has the rare quality of being able to master the details as well as maintain control of the bigger picture. Her tactical decision making is first class – I cannot recall ever having disagreed with an approach which she suggested.’

‘Sarah Taylor is simply one of the best health and safety and food safety / retail lawyers in the country. Very experienced, a loyal list of clients and she is very impressive at strategy and case management. Very personable and calm. Outstanding operator in this field.’

Key clients

TJ Morris Limited t/a Home Bargains

Coopland & Son (Scarborough) Limited

Work highlights

  • Supported Home Bargains on the operation of Covid-secure stores and the management of Covid-related enforcement activity.
  • Advised Coopland Bakeries in the context of Covid and on traditional issues of health and safety compliance.


DWF is singled out as 'one of the leading health and safety teams in the North' and its regulatory, compliance and investigations practice regularly handles high-profile inquests and investigations for a mix of insurer and corporate clients. Leeds-based Paul Matthews oversees the team, which acts on contentious and non-contentious matters across the construction, manufacturing, transport and food and drinks sectors. Mark Thompson is the key name for criminal litigation, while senior associate David Chant represents clients in police and local authority investigations. At the associate level, Sophie Parkin handles serious fatality cases.

Practice head(s):

Paul Matthews

Other key lawyers:

David Chant; Mark Thompson; Sophie Parkin


‘I have been working with DWF for several years now and I am very impressed with their professionalism and high-quality staff. The team works in a very collaborative way and it is comforting to know that no stone is ever left unturned in finding the right solution in order to provide the best possible advice. The spirit and camaraderie between the team is good and conducive to a positive and inclusive working environment. The use of in-house and external case-specific technology is also very helpful. Overall, a top quality team.’

‘Mark Thompson is an outstanding Director and his attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile is impressive.’

‘The team have been very professional and cohesive in their approach. Always available to discuss issues as they arise and giving an independent source of advice and support.’

‘Proactive and professional. Guided us through a situation that none of our team had experience of. Available to have meetings at short notice to discuss matters.’

‘One of the leading health and safety teams in the North is DWF based in Leeds. It is part of the internationally recognised DWF national Health and Safety team.’

‘The star individual within the team is Sophie Parkin.’

‘Very knowledgeable and approachable. Luckily we don’t have to call on them often, but if we do we know that they are a “safe pair of hands”, will get to the point and also not require constant instructional updates – they know their job and know what we need & have the ability to get on with what is necessary.’

‘Paul Matthews is very knowledgeable, assured and very approachable, sees the bigger picture.’

Key clients

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Electricity North West





Direct Line


Aon Insurance Brokers

HDI Global

Cranswick Food Group

Work highlights

  • Representing the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in relation to the Public Inquiry and ongoing criminal investigation by the Metropolitan Police, following the Grenfell Tower fire.
  • Advised Treanor Pujol Limited in relation to a triple prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive and a Coroner’s Inquest.
  • Advised Wernick Hire Limited in relation to an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive and a Coroner’s Inquest.


Weightmans has a ‘first-rate practice’ and acts on matters of national importance for an assortment of corporate clients, public sector bodies and local authorities. Headed up by David Lewis, who splits his time between Leeds and Liverpool, the practice handles corporate and gross negligence manslaughter investigations, death in custody inquests, and fatal accident issues. Associate Anna Naylor is a standout name and has strong regulatory expertise; she advises on a number of health and safety matters and is recommended for inquests. Sector strengths for the team include the healthcare, energy and education industries.

Practice head(s):

David Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Anna Naylor


‘Weightmans have a culture of excellence within a competitive market. They are firmly client focused and their interest is always on achieving the best for their client rather than fee-building or reputation growing. Their hard work means that when a case is prepared for court no stone is left unturned.’

‘First-rate team. Highly knowledgeable and experienced. Senior partner David Lewis is as good as it gets!’

‘David Lewis rightly deserves praise as an excellent lawyer who always fights his client’s corner. He is, however, realistic and whilst he leaves no stone unturned in preparing his cases he has the forensic knowledge to know which stones to turn back over and leave well alone.’

Key clients

Jaguar Land Rover

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust




Wirral Borough Council

Lancashire County Council

Work highlights

  • Acting for North West Ambulance Service at the Manchester Bombing Inquiry where it is a core participant.
  • Advised Wirral Borough Council (WBC) on a number of health and safety matters including an incident relating to a tree which fell and collided with a passing car.
  • Acting for Zurich and its insured clients in relation to complex health and safety cases.

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's regulatory practice receives a steady stream of instructions from commercial clients and owner-managed businesses including critical crisis-management matters and investigations. Practice head Pauline Munro appears in criminal court proceedings and advises on internal policy reviews.

Practice head(s):

Pauline Munro


‘Extremely competent practice, offering solid expertise in health and safety law. Very responsive and able to support Clients at short notice handling challenging cases.’

‘Pauline Munro specifically provided extremely competent services aiding the organisation to effectively manage safety related incident cases. Willing to challenge and guide the organisation to achieve the best outcome. Pauline is very personable and a pleasure to work alongside. Pauline demonstrates expertise and experience that is both practical and relevant.’

‘Excellent knowledge and ability to relay information into practical no nonsense advice.’

‘Personal approach. Always takes time to explain things . Friendly and approachable.’

‘The team at Gateley Legal have excellent technical knowledgeable and demonstrate a high level of attention to detail on a regular basis. They are informative and dependable. They have excellent communication skills.’

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

  • Acting for Malmaison / Hotel du Vin hotel group in connection with the health and safety and fire safety investigations following a boiler explosion in May 2019 which resulted in a full evacuation of the building.
  • Representing Drayton Manor Park theme park in the ongoing investigation and prosecution following the high-profile fatal accident regarding a child on its water rapids ride during a school trip.
  • Acting for United Molasses Storage Limited following an acid leak in 2017 resulting in the closure of the dock and a major health and safety investigation.


Based in Sheffield, Kennedys is experienced in handling a significant number of inquests and criminal regulatory investigations for both insurer and non-insurer clients. David Wright leads the practice and is noted for his 'stellar' expertise; the team counts the healthcare, constriction and waste disposal sectors as key areas of strength. At the associate level, Rebecca Connell is rated highly by clients as is Kadie Cooper.

Practice head(s):

David Wright

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Connell; Kadie Cooper


‘The star individual for me is Rebecca Connell. She is fiercely intelligent, incredibly hard working and forensically astute. She has a phenomenal understanding of the technically complex. She is absolutely committed to her clients and leaves no stone unturned in her representation of them. I could not recommend her more highly.’

‘Very quickly I gave Kennedy’s my full trust; this came about from their professional, calm and realistic approach to the issues.’

‘Kadie Cooper. Incredibly strong on detail and willingness to go to go the extra mile for Client. Knowledgeable, thorough and able to pick up and drive strategies with her great ability to reassure clients. A star performer.’

‘The Regulatory (H&S) Team are excellent. Their considerable experience in this field makes them very capable and there is no matter big or small that I would not trust them with. They apply the same rigorous and pragmatic approach to each matter. Highly professional, friendly and reliable team. Can’t rate them highly enough.’

‘David Wright is a stellar partner, approachable and knowledgeable. He leads a team of excellent associates, in particular Rebecca Connell who goes above and beyond on matters every time. I feel like we can approach the team on any matter, or even just a query, and they would happily pick up the phone and talk through or recommend a course of action.’

Key clients

Mitie Group (Care and Custody Health)


2 Sisters Food Group Limited

NFU Mutual



Cleveland Potash Limited

Stagecoach Group PL

Plexus Law

At Plexus Law, practice head and 'star performer' Anthony Baker remains the key name in the group and handles health and safety instructions from insurers and large corporates including workplace investigations and fatal accident issues. The team is experienced in the full range of regularly work and fields litigator Chris Foulkes, Richard Salvini, who has a wide defendant insurance practice, and Ciaran Garnet, who handles casualty claims. Jonathan Tetley is the key name for high-value litigation and public liability cases.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Baker

Other key lawyers:

Richard Salvini; Ciaran Garnett; Chris Foulkes; Jonathan Tetley


‘Ciaran Garnett has excellent attention to detail and drafts extremely clearly and persuasively. He is also very focused on what the client needs and wants.’

‘The team has a collective experience period of nearly 100 years between them in health and safety, together with related matters.’

‘The individuals are Anthony Baker, Richard Salvini, Chris Foulkes, and Ciaran Garnett. Each individual goes above and beyond for their clients. They will respond quickly, providing critical advice at every stage, with a measured confidence due to the depth of knowledge and experience which each has.’

‘The Plexus team is a match for any department operating in this field of practice. Operating under the watchful eye of senior partner Antony Baker, the team members are efficient, knowledgeable and pragmatic. They understand the need for early assessment and determination of merits in litigation, and clear decisive advice. Clients are well served by this combination.’

‘Antony Baker remains a star performer, combining attention to detail with responsiveness to client needs.’

Key clients






Swiss Re


WR Berkley


Whirlpool UK Appliances Ltd

XL Catlin

WR Berkley Offshore

Work highlights

  • Acted for TJV Building Company Limited (TJV) in relation to an Inquest and HSE Prosecution.
  • Acted for Lightwater Valley Attractions Limited to assist in an investigation and liaising with the HSE regarding the ‘Twister’ accident involving a 7 year old boy.

Rollits LLP

Rollits LLP's regulatory defence practice sits within its commercial disputes team and acts for owner-managed businesses, insurers, and corporate clients in investigations and complex litigation. Jennifer Sewell leads the team in Hull and is regularly engaged by food and drink sector clients on health and safety matters. George Coyle has over four decades of experience and advises on product liability claims.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Sewell

Other key lawyers:

George Coyle


‘We always find Rollits helpful and understanding of our position. They explain in an easy to understand way too. When required to attend meetings they are always there to support us.’

‘Very commercially aware individuals and respect our position as the customer. Will go the extra mile when requested. They are a multi disciplined practice so we are able to have a one stop shop.’

‘The team I have dealt with were very knowledgeable and they all appeared to know the details of the case. Each of the team have their own areas of expertise that gel very well together. This is very helpful in difficult times.’

‘The main person I have contact with is Jennifer Sewell. Jenny has a depth of knowledge but is not afraid the check if not 100% sure before she gives her reply. Jenny is very approachable and will always call back when not available. Jenny is very understanding of her client.’

‘Strong links with businesses in the Yorkshire/Humberside area, and an appreciation of those businesses’ requirements.’

‘Jennifer Sewell: takes a particular interest in this type of work, and is always determined to explore all options available to her clients.’


rradar's practice is led by Matthew Coles and receives instructions from healthcare, education and construction sector clients across the health and safety spectrum; the team is notably experienced in handling asbestos investigations, fatal accidents and high-profile regulatory work. Jeff Swales acts in inquests, transport prosecutions and public inquiries, while Andrew Cameron is the key name for criminal regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Coles

Other key lawyers:

Jeff Swales; Andrew Cameron


‘The strength of the team is down to its variety of individuals who have experience in difference aspects of health and safety and other regulatory sectors. They are well organised and have access to a wide range of resources including state of the art offices in good locations in Yorkshire. All members of the time are exceptionally responsive and early care a great deal about the work.’

‘Rradar are seeking to modernise the traditional law firm and make it more user friendly and accessible for the client. They are able to provide a comprehensive service for company clients and the firm and staff are extremely knowledgeable and approachable. Rradar embrace technology and seek to utilise it to assist clients, particularly at the initial stages to better identify and focus on what assistance is required.’

‘The individuals at Rradar are experts in their fields and proactive. Preparatory work is identified well in advance and each member of the team actively engages in case discussions. It feels like you are working within a team rather than outside one.’

Key clients

John Leadley Ltd

The Blackpool Pier Company Ltd

Adventure Parc Snowdonia

P&R Plant Hire (Lincolnshire) Limited

S M Dixon Building Contractors Limited