Stephen Panton > Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP > Plymouth, England > Lawyer Profile

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Work Department

Commercial disputes and regulatory


Stephen is a partner in the regulatory team. His practice encompasses all aspects of health and safety environmental, food safety and food hygiene.

Stephen has particular expertise in advising organisations in a range of sectors on investigations and prosecutions by the police and HSE, including for suspected corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter offences, the Environment Agency, SEPA and National Resources Wales arising from pollution events, waste duty of care breaches and permitting non-compliance. Other areas of specialism include appeals against Notices, statutory nuisance and private nuisance, Inquests, statutory and non-statutory Inquiries, and consumer protection, particularly the sale of suspected counterfeit merchandise and confiscation proceedings brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. He regularly appears as an advocate before the criminal Courts, Inquests and employment tribunals on health and safety matters.


Qualified 1997; solicitor Nash & Co 1997; solicitor Bond Pearce 2000; associate Bond Pearce 2003; senior associate Bond Pearce 2006; senior associate Bond Dickinson on merger 2012;  managing associate Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP 2017; partner Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP 2020.


Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association

United Kingdom Environmental Law Association

Member of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute

Lawyer Rankings

London > Employment > Health and safety

The regulatory and environment team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has been involved in many of the leading health and safety cases of the last 10 years, including the Didcot Power Station collapse and the Grenfell Tower inquiry. The team provides a full range of both contentious and non-contentious services, including in matters related to enforcement action, corporate and personal liability and operational advice. Jon Cooper leads the team, encompassing a full range of health and safety legal services, conducting cases for both prosecution and defence in high profile cases. Kevin Elliott has recently joined the firm, bringing extensive experience in representing individuals and organisations following workplace fatalities. Stephen Panton is another noteworthy name, with a wide practice encompassing waste, construction, energy, transport and care.