Gavin Reese > RPC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Liability, Products and Health Safety & Environmental.


Gavin has been advising insurers and corporates for over 30 years. He heads up RPC’s experienced liability team and leads the firm’s regulatory practice.

He deals with a broad range of liability and product claims, including stress and catastrophic injury claims. The product side of his practice includes advice on the Consumer Protection Act 1987, European regulation, and product liability cases, including those involving food, machinery, consumer and safety products.

He regularly advises companies and individuals facing Health & Safety and Environmental investigations and prosecutions, often following a major event. He is frequently instructed in connection with sensitive cases involving fatalities. 

Highlight cases include:  R v Sebeika (successful defence of a contractor after a fall from height); R v Counsell (successful defence of fireworks operator prosecuted for a health and safety offence following the 2011 M5 crash); R v Enviro-Waste Ltd (prosecution over death of three employees); R v Matthews (successful defence of gross negligence manslaughter charge); Hawley v Luminar Leisure (leading case on temporary deemed employment); representing a well-known high street retailer in connection with investigation concerning asbestos-containing materials; successful defence of electrical supplier facing product-related fatal accident claims.


Articled Edward Fail Neale & Co/Sharpe Pritchard; qualified 1985; assistant Sharpe Pritchard 1985-88; assistant Reynolds Porter Chamberlain 1988-95; partner: 1995. Publications of note: Contributing author to ‘Insurance for the Construction Industry’ Hogarth OUP 2012.


Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association; UK Environmental Law Association.


Ashford North School, University College, Cardiff (1982 LLB Hons); College of Law, Guildford (1983 LSF).


Rugby; football; private pilot’s licence.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Employment > Health and safety

RPC is highly regardedfor its insurance expertise, advising on liability and professional indemnity policies. The team also regularly advises on fatalities involving gross negligence and corporate manslaughter. Gavin Reese and Fiona Hahlo lead the practice.

London > Insurance > Product liability: defendant

(Leading individuals)

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RPC has a strong reputation for representing insurers and their insured parties on significant liability exposures, such as the PIP and ‘metal-on-metal’ group actions. The team also represents clients on the automotive, chemical and construction sectors. Practice head Gavin Reese deals with a broad range of international product claims and is experienced providing advice in relation to the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and European regulations. Dorothy Flower, who also heads the Life Sciences team, is an expert at handling disputes arising from clinical trials.

London > Employment > Health and safety

The health and safety team at RPC forms part of the firm’s larger regulatory pillar, allowing it to draw from a much larger pool of multidisciplinary specialists to bring a wide breadth of expertise across all aspects of regulation. In addition, the team has strong insurance expertise, helping clients with gross negligence and corporate manslaughter investigations as well as other significant incidents, often involving fatalities. Gavin Reese heads up the regulatory team, dealing with many high profile cases. Legal director Mamata Dutta has experience across the construction, manufacturing and arboriculture sectors, advising clients on inquests as well as gross negligence manslaughter investigations and prosecutions. New partner Fiona Hahlo is another key name.

London > Insurance > Personal injury: defendant

Gavin Reese leads the London and Bristol-based team at RPC. It represents defendants on a range of cases, often involving public liability, road traffic or workplace accidents. Its cases often involve defending claims of significant value, and involve such injuries as brain damage, psychiatric illness, amputations, somatoform disorders and fatalities, and can often involve claimants lacking capacity.