Steffan Groch > DWF > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

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I head up DWF's national Regulatory team as well as leading the firm’s ‘go to market’ sector expertise. I am also Chair of the UK Health and Safety Lawyers Association.


Partner and Head of Regulatory


My specialist subject is crisis management, specifically dealing with the media and handling regulators following serious incidents. I work across the Construction/Infrastructure, Insurance, Road haulage, Food, Oil and Gas sectors providing expertise in health and safety regulation as well as compliance training and audits.

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London > Employment > Health and safety

(Leading individuals)

Steffan GrochDWF

DWF‘s health & safety team covers all aspects of the field, offering compliance advice and litigation expertise nationally. The firm’s regulatory practice includes enforcement defence, judicial review cases, as well as working with the government to support changes in the law. Steffan Groch and Dominic Watkins lead the the group, with Watkins a member of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Better Regulation panel. Key sectors for the team include food/retail, energy, transport, and construction/manufacturing, with the firm maintaining a equal split of insurer/ large corporate clients. Hilary Ross‘ expertise is primarily in strategy planning for large corporates, and she has a record of successfully keeping her clients from prosecution.  Ross also sits on the BEIS Better Regulation panel.

North West > Employment > Health and safety

(Leading individuals)

Steffan GrochDWF

DWF‘s 4-partner team offers extensive experience in advising clients on complex health and safety matters. On the non-contentious side, the practice provides detailed advice on complying with regulations, and it is also highly active in helping clients to respond to investigations and prosecutions. The team’s contentious work includes some of the most high-profile matters in this area, including matters involving the police, the HSE and the CQC. The practice is active across a range of sectors, with Vikki Woodfine counting care, education and transport companies amongst her clients. Steffan Groch leads DWF’s global regulatory, compliance and investigations team, with director Gary Smith another key contact. The practice has an able bench of associates, with Amanda Lea and Joanne Witheford handling high-profile inquiries and investigations.