Nigel Lyons > Browne Jacobson LLP > Exeter, England > Lawyer Profile

Browne Jacobson LLP

Work Department

Insurance and public risk


Nigel is a partner working in the firm’s Criminal, Compliance and Regulatory Team.  Nigel has a criminal law background and has specialised in all types of contentious regulatory advocacy for many years.  He has a particular emphasis upon health and safety and environmental cases.

Nigel advises in all areas where fatal and non-fatal accidents result in criminal investigations.  This can involve factory sites, farms, government and local authority properties, maritime incidents (both on and off shore), road traffice and all types of private and commercial premises.  Nigel’s experience allows him to advise in all such areas.

He deals with public and private sector matters wherer therea re serious accidents and injuries.  Defending companies/partnerships and individuals facing gross negligence/manslaughter/health and safety investigations involving commercial and agricultural accidents.  These could result in investigations by all types of linked government bodies includign HSe, Environment Agency, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, DEFRA, HMRC to name but a few.

Nigel deals with Transport and Logistics matters for national and local transport and infrastructure businesses.  He deals with DVSA investigations together with referrals leading to public inquiries before the Office of the Traffic Commissioner.

Nigel advises internaional, national and local businesses on health and safety risk reviews.  This has been particularly relevant with the ever changing Covid risk regulations.

Nigel’s regulatory expertise means that he is also regularly called upon to advise schools, multi academy trusts, higher education establishments and universities upon education sector risk issues and regulatory reviews.

He also acts for hospital trusts, ambulance services and fire authorities who require regulatory advice as a result of catastrophic incidents.  These can include assisting such bodies with police, coronial enquiries and at inquests.


  • Foot Anstey LLP, 2002-2014


  • Solicitor – Higher Courts (Criminal Proceedings) Advocate
  • Admitted 1990
  • LLB(hons) Law 1986

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Employment > Health and safety

Browne Jacobson LLP provides general regulatory advice to private organisations in sectors such as care, road traffic, food safety and the environment. The team is led by Andrew Hopkin who has vast experience acting for corporate bodies as well as individuals before the HSE. Dale Collins  and Nigel Lyons  have a combination of experience in conducting regulatory investigations and advocating before courts.