Dewi Ap-Thomas > Weightmans LLP > Liverpool, England > Lawyer Profile

Weightmans LLP
L3 9QJ


A well-respected and experienced health & safety lawyer, Dewi has been ranked for a number of years in Chambers and Legal 500 and his reputation with peers and clients continues to grow. He specialises in work in the criminal and coronial jurisdictions. His main focus is assisting organisations in post-death investigations, managing regulatory enforcement action and representing clients at inquests. He has represented clients at hundreds of inquests around the country, involving the most sensitive of cases, workplace deaths and Article 2 hearings in front of juries.

After qualifying, Dewi quickly found himself at home dealing largely with insurer/insured public sector clients. He is dedicated to working within the criminal, regulatory and coronial jurisdictions. Dewi advises a wide range of clients in investigating serious incidents and representing them at inquests, as well as assisting with risk management and behavioural change.

His areas of specialty include:

  • Working with organisations to understand their Corporate Risk Profile, to improve culture and behaviours and make the workplace safer.
  • Crisis Management Support (24/7) – advice and representation in the wake of incidents.
  • Assisting organisations with legally privileged incident investigations to protect their position, learn lessons and make any necessary changes.
  • Preparing clients who may be exposed to Regulatory or Coronial investigations/inquests/enforcement action.
  • Defence of Health & Safety and Corporate Manslaughter prosecutions.
  • Inquests as a result of workplace fatalities & road traffic incidents.

    Dewi provides advice and representation to a range of household-name clients such as: Shell UK Oil, E.On UK, RWE Renewables, Kimberly Clark Ltd, Emcor UK Ltd and various local authorities and NHS/healthcare clients

    As a former Executive Committee Member of the Health & Safety Lawyers’ Association for many years, he was involved in shaping the Guidelines on Sentencing for Corporate Manslaughter and continues to regularly present to a number of regional health & safety focus groups and public sector forums.

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Public sector > Health

Weightmans LLP’s health group continued to expand the team and increased its client portfolio after the merger with RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP in June 2022. The practice acts for public bodies, public or private businesses, not for profit enterprises and individuals on a wide range of matters including high level judicial review cases, public inquiries where it has particular expertise, employment disputes, information management and governance reviews and investigations. The group is jointly led by Richard Jolly who focuses on the health work, most notably acting for a vast number of NHS trusts, Dewi Ap-Thomas who oversees the regulatory side of the practice and employment expert Emlyn Williams.

North West > Employment > Health and safety

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Dewi Ap-ThomasWeightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP is experienced in defending and prosecuting matters such as trading standards, health and safety, fire and food. The firm acts for clients across the public, commercial, charity, sports and insurance sectors. Dewi Ap-Thomas leads the team and is recognised for his advice in relation to criminal and coronial matters. David Lewis  handles matters ranging from corporate and gross negligence manslaughter investigations to jury inquests.

London > Employment > Health and safety

Weightmans‘ team is led by health and safety consultant specialist Crispin Kenyon, in close collaboration with the firm’s national offices, namely Liverpool-based Dewi Ap-Thomas; Leeds-based David LewisSeonaid Busby who is based in Glasgow; and Andrew Brammer who works from the Birmingham office. Lili Oliver is a corporate risk management specialist. The team is well equipped to advise on the remit of safety regulations and notably advised on the chlorine gas explosion at London Aquatic Centre in March 2022.