David Chant > DWF > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile
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David is a senior associate in the Regulatory team. He advises and represents clients under investigation by the police, HSE and other regulatory bodies.
David has more than 18 years’ experience representing individuals and companies being investigated by the police, HSE, local authorities, EA and other regulatory bodies for criminal and regulatory offences including gross negligence manslaughter, corporate manslaughter, prosecutions under the Health & Safety at Work Act, Food Safety Act and Environmental Protection Act.
David represents clients at PACE interviews, inquest proceedings and in the magistrates’ court. He advises and assists with appeals against Improvement Notices, Prohibition Notices and Fees for Intervention. He also represents HGV and PSV operators before traffic commissioners at public inquiries and has successfully appeared at the Upper Tribunal appealing traffic commissioner decisions. He regularly acts for individuals charged with causing death by dangerous or careless driving.
David has appeared in both Chambers and the Legal 500 for his transport regulatory work.
DWF is singled out as ‘one of the leading health and safety teams in the North’ and its regulatory, compliance and investigations practice regularly handles high-profile inquests and investigations for a mix of insurer and corporate clients. Leeds-based Paul Matthews oversees the team, which acts on contentious and non-contentious matters across the construction, manufacturing, transport and food and drinks sectors. Mark Thompson is the key name for criminal litigation, while senior associate David Chant represents clients in police and local authority investigations. At the associate level, Sophie Parkin handles serious fatality cases.
At DWF, the transport practice handles a steady stream of road transport regulatory work, and is able to leverage the firm’s wider capabilities, particularly on insurance matters, to provide a full service to clients. Led in Leeds by David Chant, who acts for a range of transport sector clients, the group advises on contentious mandates, public inquiries and regulatory proceedings. Mark Thompson assists with road traffic matters, and associate Sophie Parkin represents individuals and companies in criminal investigations. The team also works with the firm’s offices across the North West.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Employment > Health and safety
- Public sector > Local government
- Real estate > Planning
- Insurance > Professional negligence: defendant
- Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax
- Projects, energy and natural resources (including PFI) > Infrastructure and energy
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
- Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; defendant