Vikki Woodfine > DWF > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

DWF
1 SCOTT PLACE
2 HARDMAN STREET
MANCHESTER
M3 3AA
England

Living Wage

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Vikki is a regulatory law expert specialising in road transport law and health and safety and crisis management matters.

Position

Partner/ / Head of Road Transport & Logistics // Head of Regulatory Compliance & Investigations (North West), Manchester

Career

Vikki is a passionate and vocal regulatory lawyer specialising in health and safety law (including manslaughter), transport work (focus mainly on HGV, bus and coach operators), care regulation and safeguarding. Vikki is very experienced in crisis management and dealing with highly emotive, national press interest cases.

Vikki leads the north west regulatory team at DWF who are well known for their expertise in crisis management and dealing with large scale disaster cases such as the Grenfell Tower fire, the Bosley Mill explosion and the Didcot Power Station collapse. The team are renowned for their expertise in handling complex manslaughter investigations and dealing with all aspects of the crisis including reputation management and trauma support. They are regularly sought out by the UK’s biggest businesses and insurers to act on the most serious safety cases across the UK and beyond.

The team in Manchester has won Regulatory Team of the Year at the Manchester Legal Awards in 2020, 2021 and 2022 and Vikki won Manchester Partner of the Year for 2022 at the same Awards.

Vikki and her team like to get “under the skin” of clients’ businesses to understand their needs and help them to achieve best practice levels of regulatory compliance.

Vikki’s transport expertise covers operator licensing, transport compliance issues, Public Inquiries, auditing, clandestine entrants/vehicle seizures/smuggling, due diligence, training and advocacy (Magistrates’ Court and Public Inquiries). Vikki and her team act for some of the UK largest retailers, logistics businesses and utilities and communications companies advising on transport compliance matters. The team also specialise in helping international businesses locate their logistics in the UK.

She also represents companies and individuals facing CPS/HSE prosecutions following serious incidents, she has acted on a huge number of fatal incident investigations and has deep experience of gross negligence & corporate manslaughter cases. She was part of the team that secured the first-ever acquittal in a corporate manslaughter prosecution (R v PS & JE Ward). On behalf of her clients, Vikki also deals with accident investigations, PACE and employee interviews, and acts as advocate at Coroner’s Inquests and within the Magistrates’ Court. Vikki is a key partner at DWF running the Crisis and Incident Management Service for the benefit of our clients.

Recent cases for Vikki have included the successful defence of a defendant involved in the Bosley Mill Explosion trial (a disaster which prompted the largest post-war urban recovery in the UK), a coroner’s inquest for a rail company following the death of a rail worker struck by a train in south-east England (no prosecution followed) and the successful defence of a director charged with gross negligence manslaughter (R v Spiller) following a four week trial at Brighton Crown Court.

Vikki also has experience in care regulation and care quality matters, including safeguarding; dealing with a full spectrum of care providers and education businesses. Vikki has particular experience representing schools and nurseries across a range of regulatory and criminal issues.

Memberships

HSLA

Education

University of Sheffield

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Transport

(Leading individuals)

Vikki WoodfineDWF

DWF offers a range of specialist teams for transport sector clients, covering road transport regulatory, motor criminal defence, insurance, M&A and commercial work. It also provides transport compliance advice for several multinational logistics companies, as well as crisis response services for business’ transport divisions. The firm also has a strong insurance offering in the North West, being heavily involved with transport and motor related claims. Vikki Woodfine is head of road transport and logistics, specialising in transport regulatory and health and safety issues. Nigel Teasdale is an expert in motor fraud with over 20 years experience working with major motor insurers. Senior associate Joanne Witheford is deputy head of road haulage and logistics.

North West > Employment > Health and safety

(Leading individuals)

Vikki WoodfineDWF

DWF is active in the defence of highly complex fatal cases involving explosions, collapses, and fires. The team also shouldes a busy caseload in advising on potential or pursued gross negligence manslaughter and corporate manslaughter cases. National head Steffan Groch is noted for his work acting on behalf of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea regarding the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Head of the North West health and safety team Vikki Woodfine advises on safeguarding in education settings. Director Gary Smith leads the Liverpool team and is a key contact regarding fatalities and serious accidents, as well as for compliance and risk management. Senior associate Joanne Witheford and associate Amanda Lea are also both highly recommended.