Jon Cooper > Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

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Regulatory and environment.


Jon is a partner specialising in health, safety and environment, whose work covers not only prosecution and enforcement action but also advisory work in relation to risk management, health and safety policies and due diligence in corporate transactions including advice on all aspects of health and safety. Jon’s practice encompasses all aspects of contentious and non-contentious health, safety and environmental issues including advising on formal investigations and prosecutions, advising on appeals against Notices and dealing with judicial review proceedings relating to health, safety and environmental issues. He regularly appears as an advocate before the criminal Courts and employment tribunals on health and safety matters. He also advises on formal investigations and Boards of Inquiry. He advises clients in the private and public sector, including on formal investigations by the Environment Agency and local authorities, criminal investigations and defending prosecutions, statutory nuisance proceedings on behalf of local authorities and others and advising on judicial review relating to environmental issues, particular in the nuclear industry. Jon and his team have been involved in many of the leading health, safety and environmental cases in recent years. He sits on the editorial Board of Lexis Nexis Health and Safety at Work magazine.


Solicitor, Bond Pearce 1984; partner, Bond Pearce 1989; partner, Bond Dickinson on merger 2013;  partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination 2017.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Real estate > Environment

(Leading individuals)

Jon CooperWomble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

The regulatory and environment practice at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is known for its work in investigations, prosecutions and regulatory matters. Species protection, biodiversity net gain as well as transactional support also form part of the firm’s portfolio. Jon Cooper leads the practice from Bristol and is regularly involved in environmental, health and safety issues in both contentious and non-contentious matters. In Plymouth, Sarah Holmes specialises in sustainability and governance as well as the environmental and planning aspects of projects, compliance, real estate and transactions. Stephen Panton, also based in the Plymouth office, is ‘very technically strong on litigation process, project management and technical issues’.

South West > Employment > Health and safety

(Hall of Fame)

Jon Cooper –Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

The team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP provides advice across three areas: strategic, compliance and enforcement related. Its strategic advice includes overseeing projects and identifying risks and reputational issues. Its enforcement advice pertains to HSE prosecutions and investigations as well as inquests, whilst they provide compliance advice on legislative changes. The team is lead by Jon Cooper who has longstanding experience representing clients before Courts and the Employment Tribunal. Kevin Elliott joined the practice from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in January 2022.

London > Employment > Health and safety

(Hall of Fame)

Jon CooperWomble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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.