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David Lewis became the firm’s national Senior Partner in May 2018, having previously been head of the firm’s national Regulatory Department (2004-2018) and a Regional Office Head, first in Liverpool and later in Leeds (2007-2018). He had previously been the firm’s national Deputy Managing Partner (2000-2003) and its Regional Office managing Partner in Liverpool (2003-2007).
After joining Weightmans as an Articled Clerk in 1985, David qualified in 1987 and was made a partner in 1992. After qualification he spent many years handling both civil and criminal litigation for insurers and their policyholders, before becoming a founder member of firm’s dedicated regulatory services unit in 2004.
David is best known for his work defending organisations and individuals facing investigation and prosecution for offences including corporate manslaughter, gross negligence manslaughter and breaches of health and safety legislation. The work often entails on-site investigations, PACE interviews and advocacy in Magistrates’ and Coroners’ Courts.
In addition David has experience of environmental, trading standards, food safety and other regulatory enforcement work.
David has extensive experience of inquest work, perhaps most notably in the healthcare sector. He is a veteran of hundreds of inquests, many involving juries and/or of a sensitive nature. David is an Assistant Coroner in two areas, and has held coronial office since 2010.
Beyond Weightmans, David is currently a Trustee at Lighthouse Futures Trust, a dynamic, award-winning charity providing opportunities for young people with an autistic spectrum disorder and learning difficulties.
In 2016 David completed two terms as a Trustee of NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health), including two years as Vice-Chair and two years as Chair of the Strategy Committee. During his period in office the organisation earned the coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade (2014).
Between 2005-2011 David was a core tutor and module leader on Nottingham Law School’s acclaimed ‘MBA in Legal Practice’ course.
Trained Weightmans; articled clerk 1985-87; qualified 1987; assistant 1987-89; associate 1989-92; partner 1992; health and safety partner 1993-2002; divisional client liaison partner 1996-97; divisional managing partner 1997-99; deputy managing partner 2000-03; regional managing partner 2003-07; head of regulatory services 2005 to date; regional office head 2007 to date; vice-chairman of NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health); assistant deputy coroner in Greater Manchester North.
Institute of Occupational Safety and Health; UK Environmental Law Association; Health & Safety Lawyers Association; Institute of Directors; Law Society; Liverpool Law Society.
County Grammar School for Boys, Helsby; Leicester University (1984 LLB Hons); College of Law, Christleton (1985 Law Society Finals); Nottingham Trent University (2003 MBA in Legal Practice, with Distinction).
Family, golf, Everton season ticket holder.
The health and safety specialist team at Weightmans LLP has niche expertise in areas such as environmental and business crime, as well as the ability to defend and prosecute cases involving health and safety, trading standards, and fire and food safety. Its clients include national charities, educational institutions, local authorities, sports teams, and insurance providers. Dewi Ap-Thomas leads the regulatory team and is highly regarded for his criminal and coronial advice, while senior partner David Lewis covers health and safety enforcement actions, having acted as both defence and prosecution, with additional expertise in corporate and gross negligence manslaughter investigations.
Weightmans is ‘committed to really excellent client care’, providing a full service to a range of clients that includes public sector bodies, local authorities and blue chip corporates. Practice head David Lewis splits his time between Leeds and Liverpool and is a ‘stand out member’ who advises in corporate and gross negligence manslaughter investigations as well as sensitive jury inquests. Principal associate Anna Naylor is noted for her expertise in food safety matters.
The regulatory services department at Weightmans acts frequently on behalf of care homes, schools and healthcare bodies. The team is comprised of health and safety regulatory specialists, both defending and prosecuting matters such as trading standards, fire and food. Crispin Kenyon is head of the London practice, with experience running highly charged and high profile inquests within the construction, waste, printing, transport, schools and care home sectors. Dewi Ap-Thomas is the national head of regulatory, specialising in work in the criminal and coronial jurisdictions. Senior partner David Lewis is highly experienced handling safety enforcement actions for both defence and prosecution.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Employment > Health and safety
- Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; defendant
- Real estate > Planning
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
- Private client > Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
- Real estate > Property litigation
- Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire