Chris Morrison > Clyde & Co LLP > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile
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Chris is Head of Clyde & Co’s nationally recognised safety, health and environmental (SHE) regulatory team which comprises of corporate crime lawyers specialising in the defence of corporate entities subject to regulatory investigation and prosecution.
Chris is widely acclaimed as one of the UK’s leading Health and Safety lawyers, recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’ (London & UK) within Legal 500.
Highly experienced in guiding Global and major UK businesses through incident related investigations and prosecutions, his expertise spans health & safety, corporate manslaughter, corporate homicide (Scotland), environmental crime, fire safety, food safety and coroners inquests.
Heading our 24/7 incident response team, Chris seeks to prevent matters becoming either a crisis or a drama by providing strategic, responsive and no-nonsense advice to protect client’s immediate and long-term reputation and revenue. Having commenced his legal career in the 1990’s as an orthodox crime lawyer, Chris has been specialising since 2001 in regulatory crime and continues to undertake interviews under caution, trial preparation, Coroners inquest and advocacy.
Retained by a significant number of household name clients in the retail, energy, infrastructure, FM and insurance sectors, he also provides ‘upstream’ compliance advice working closely with major client’s SHE and legal departments. Chris is an accomplished Trainer and Speaker in the Health & Safety field working for external training providers as well as own clients.
- R v Hugo Boss UK Ltd (2015) – 4 year old boy killed by falling 114kg mirror in a Hugo Boss store; s.3 HSWA prosecution*
- R v Mitchells & Butler, McSweeny and Kaya (2015) – fatal food poisoning in Christmas dinner; Food Hygiene prosecution resulting in GBP 1.5 million fine and custodial sentences for 2 defendants*
- R v S (2008) – fatal 100m fall from height of contractor; s.3 HSWA prosecution; GBP 17 Billion turnover company fined GBP 150k
Lawyer Rankings(Leading individuals)
Clyde & Co LLP is praised for its ‘customer focus and understanding’ as well as its ‘in-depth knowledge and experience’. The team, which acts for both insurer and corporate clients, is led by Chris Morrison, who is described as ‘the best lawyer in this field’. Rod Hunt is sought after by clients in the energy, construction and manufacturing sectors, while legal director Mark Brookes handles work relating to fatalities, corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter, advising blue chip clients, SMEs and individuals in the retail, agricultural, manufacturing and construction space. Legal director Nathan Buckley regularly undertakes his own advocacy before the Magistrates’ Courts and the Coroner’s Courts.
Clyde & Co LLP‘s ‘fantastic environment team‘ is engaged on the full range of environmental work and stands out for its expertise in environmental crime, where the team advises on Environment Agency and local authority investigations, prosecutions, and enforcement actions. The team is regularly engaged by corporate clients and insurers. Former Environment Agency prosecutor Rod Hunt has ‘valuable expertise‘ and heads the team. Chris Morrison leads the safety, security, health and environmental regulatory group and senior associate Anna Willetts handles environmental criminal defence work.(Leading individuals)
Clyde & Co LLP advises both insurers and multinational companies on all aspects of health and safety work. The ‘totally dependable and incredibly smart’ Chris Morrison leads the team out of Manchester and has extensive experience of public investigations and inquiries; he has been leading the firm’s team advising CEP Facades, the cladding fabricator to Grenfell Tower, on the ongoing police investigation and public inquiry into the fire at the tower in 2017. Other key figures include Rod Hunt, who is also based in Manchester and especially known for his work in the energy, construction and manufacturing sectors; and Mark Brookes, who is highly skilled in handling corporate manslaughter and workplace fatality cases. Associate Roger Cartwright is also recommended.
- Health and safety - North West > Human resources
- Leading individuals - North West > Human resources > Health and safety
- Planning and environment - North West > Real estate
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Human resources > Health and safety
- Insurance > Personal injury: defendant
- Insurance > Professional negligence