David Egan > DWF > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

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I am a Partner at DWF, providing clear, expert advice on matters relating to crisis management, environmental incidents and fatal accidents.




David specialises in health and safety, environmental law, corporate crime and compliance and licensing the sale of alcohol and regulated entertainment.

David has vast experience of representing corporate clients when serious environmental incidents or fatal accidents occur. This means providing expert assistance to directors in post incident crisis management and making full use of legal privilege to protect the client’s commercial interests. David pursues the best possible result and provides the highest quality, tailored advice on all matters.

David has a nationally recognised reputation for his success in defending clients during the investigation and prosecution stages of the criminal law process. His work often crosses jurisdictions and he has advised on matters relating to an explosion at a client’s business premises in Scotland (including dealing with all criminal law issues and arranging for representation at all court hearings) as well as advising in relation to a fatal accident in Germany (regarding an accumulator that was subject to an uncontrolled release of pressure, leading to a fatal accident).

David also represents real estate investors and developers in making applications for premises licences to authorise the sale of alcohol and provision of regulated entertainment under the Licensing Act 2003.

He acts for a number of household-name clients, including many from the transport, retail and construction sectors. He is also a Solicitor Higher Courts Advocate with rights of audience in criminal proceedings in all Courts up to the Supreme Court.

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Real estate > Environment

(Leading individuals)

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Noted for its strong cross-office collaboration, DWF is sought out by an impressive roster of blue-chip corporate clients and public bodies for its wide-ranging expertise in environmental regulatory frameworks, and associated contentious matters. Seasoned practice chair David Egan specialises in the latter, defending various businesses in proceedings brought by regulators and local authorities. Senior associate Simon Naylor focuses on regulatory investigations and environmental liabilities issues, supporting major government departments with complex energy projects and potential pollution concerns. Associate Prem Thakor, who re-joined the practice in February 2021 after a period at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, is noted for his capabilities in private prosecutions. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

West Midlands > Employment > Health and safety

DWF fields a ‘first-rate team that is excellent from top to bottom‘. It regularly receives instructions to act for high-profile clients on diverse issues such as regulatory compliance in addition to investigations and prosecutions that are being brought by the HSE, local authorities and police forces. It receives a steady flow of instructions from both insurers and large corporates. The ‘marvelous‘ head of department, David Egan , specialises in complex criminal investigations that involve breaches of health and safety law. At senior associate level Simon Naylor and Caroline Depledge also receive plaudits for their work in this area.