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Natalie Puce

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Health and safety.


Natalie represents a broad range of clients from the corporate and public sectors and represent both individuals and organisations on effective response to police and regulatory authority’s investigations and prosecutions. She has advised on many fatal/serious accidents and provides support in the immediate aftermath, advising on the regulators’ powers and investigation, commencing an investigation and advising on all stages thereafter to include options in respect of interviews under caution. Advises on plea and prepare cases for court, both plea and mitigation hearings and trials. Has also represented client’s interests at many inquests, including complex Article 2 inquests. Natalie is dealing with cases involving a wide range of regulatory authorities including HSE, Local Authority, Environments Agency, Natural England, Welsh Ministers, Office of Rail Regulation and Office of Nuclear Regulation. Examples of the type and complexity of cases dealt with: A 2 week inquest into the death of a teenage boy whilst at school following an asthma attack. Advised and represented the Local Authority who provided policies and procedures on matters such as how to deal with asthma attacks to schools in the locality. The case attracted significant national and local media attention. Part of the team representing an organisation in an EHO investigation following an incident involving an arboricultural sub-contractor who sustained major injuries on its site. Successfully argued that the Local Authority did not have the appropriate jurisdiction to investigate and the HSE decided not to take the matter any further. Dealt with an instruction following a road traffic incident when a driver was pulling out of the driveway at his home when he collided with two motorcyclists causing fatal injuries to both. Initially instructed to deal with the police investigation and inquest. Having reviewed the papers the CPS decided not to take any further action against the driver. As a result, a private prosecution was commenced by the families of the deceased. The private prosecution alleged two counts of causing death by careless driving. Throughout the court process, made a number of written and oral submissions inviting the CPS to take on this case and drop it by exercising its power under s. 6(2) of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985. The CPS ultimately made this decision and so the driver was acquitted in respect of both counts. A defence costs order was made and a claim for our costs processed.


Trained BLM; qualified 2007; partner 2014.


Spanish (basic).


Health and Safety Lawyers Association.


St Annes RC School; Aquinas College; University of Manchester (2003 Law Hons 2.1); Nottingham Law School (2005 Distinction).


Travelling, other cultures, live music and festivals, gym, organised runs, good food and wine, socialising and reading.

North West: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

BLM's department is headed by the ‘undoubtedly impressiveHelen Devery, who is ‘calm, helpful and very capable’. Other members of the large team include the ‘very smart, hardworking and accessibleNatalie Puce, Sally Hancock, who has ‘great judgement and communication skills’, and Nick Gianferrari, who is regularly called on to represent clients in coroners' inquests. Associate David Rainey is ‘very sensitive to clients' needs and very knowledgeable’. The team is best known for its work in complex fatal accident investigations and very high-profile inquests. The team is currently representing Redrow Homes following a fatal incident at a site in Liverpool where a contractor was struck and killed by a large item of plant which was being operated by an employee of another sub-contractor. Other key clients include Warburton’s and G4S as well as Travelers and Aviva.

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