Health and safety in London

Burges Salmon LLP

The ‘formidable’ Bristol-based practice at Burges Salmon LLP, noted for its ‘immense experience’, is led by rail specialist Ann Metherall who also leads the team’s 24-hour major incidents response service. The team is well-equipped to handle the full array of matters across industry sectors and its workload often involves major disasters, multiple fatalities and corporate manslaughter investigations; areas which Guy Bastable has ample experience handling. Notable changes to the team include the promotion of the ‘ruthlessly efficient’ Charlotte Whitaker to partner in May 2023, and the departure of Sian Edmunds to a food and beverage manufacturing company in January 2023. ‘Incredibly bright’ senior associate Sam Aldous is a key name within the practice, and Ben Davies is praised by clients for being ‘a wise head on young shoulders’.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ann Metherall

Autres avocats clés:

Guy Bastable; Chris Jackson; Charlotte Whitaker; Sam Aldous; Ben Davies; Marisa Hornabrook

Les références

‘A first-class team with strength and depth in all areas. Immense experience, combined with hard work and excellent judgment make them a difficult team to beat.’

‘Ann Metherall is a class act who I cannot recommend highly enough. She manages a formidable team with admirable skill. Charlotte Whitaker is hardworking, ruthlessly efficient, a great team-leader and a pleasure to work with. Marisa Hornabrook is an up-and-coming star, whose analytical and organisational skills put others to shame.’

‘The Burges Salmon team have a great range of expertise as well as many years experience advising the sector. Their knowledge of the rail sector is second to none.’

Principaux clients

The Crown Estate

FirstGroup PLC

John Lewis Partnership plc

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for a transport operator following a multi-fatality accident during investigations by the police, safety regulator and Coroner.
  • Advising a recycling operator during an HSE investigation following a fatal accident at its site.
  • Acting for an energy company in relation to a multi-fatality incident during investigations by the police, safety regulator and Coroner.

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co‘s health and safety offering handles work in collaboration with the Manchester office. Its caseload consistently involves criminal investigations, public inquiries and fatal accidents. The team’s extensive client list, formed in large part of key names in the insurance sector, was enhanced by the firm’s June 2022 merger with BLM. Practice head Chris Morrison, who works from both Manchester and London, dispenses incident and compliance related advice. Legal director Diana Hardesty joined the team through the merger, and is regarded as a ‘standout individual’, whilst Manchester-based Mark Brookes and senior associate Alan Kells are both regarded as key members of the ‘excellent team’. Manchester-based regulatory specialist Stephanie Lunt was promoted to senior associate in August 2022, whilst former partner Peter James departed to DAC Beachcroft LLP in March 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Chris Morrison

Autres avocats clés:

Rod Hunt; Richard Crockford; Diana Hardesty; Mark Brookes; Alan Kells; Stephanie Lunt; Beth Maguire

Les références

‘This team has excellent contacts within the insurance industry and acts in almost all high-profile cases in the sector; the team has strength-in-depth and a great deal of experience.’

‘Chris Morrison is calm and unflappable, surrounded by an excellent team of tireless, conscientious and really good technical lawyers such as partner Mark Brookes and senior associate Alan Kells.’

‘Diana Hardesty is incredibly hardworking, excellent at client care with brilliant bedside manner with clients in even the most stressful situations.

Principaux clients


Beaufort Maintenance Ltd





DAC Beachcroft LLP

The safety, health and environment team at DAC Beachcroft LLP has strong capabilities handling matter across a broad array of sectors, namely construction, real estate, manufacturing and healthcare. In addition to providing risk management advice to clients, the group consistently works on high-profile matters concerning allegations of security errors and breaches of fire safety. ‘Sensible and robust’ partners Fiona Gill and Colin Moore co-lead the London team, with support from the firm’s national head Chris Baranowski. Associate Claire Moore has broad experience in matters involving manslaughter, health and safety, food hygiene and fire safety offences. Legal director Peter James joined from Clyde & Co in March 2023 whilst legal director Robert Biddlecombe departed to Brabners LLP in January 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Fiona Gill; Colin Moore; Chris Baranowski

Autres avocats clés:

Toby Roche; Claire Moore; Roger Cartwright; Peter James

Les références

‘A strong and experienced team in regulatory matters.’

‘A very impressive group, excellent with clients and very experienced in this field.’

‘The team has a country-wide depth of knowledge and expertise with a top flight reputation in the industry, regularly undertaking the most high-profile work with considerable success.’

Principaux clients

Rydon Maintenance Ltd

Howdens Joinery Co

Priory Group


Robinson & Birdsell

Zurich Insurance


Crown Commercial Services


Ageas Insurance

MotorSport Vision

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for Rydon Maintenance Limited in relation to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and ongoing Metropolitan Police investigation, working alongside the DAC Beachcroft team dealing with civil claims amongst other aspects.
  • Defended MotorSport Vision in a prosecution for health and safety offences, securing a reduced number of charges and a satisfactory outcome for the client.


The health and safety practice at DWF maintains a strong reputation for handling corporate manslaughter, gross negligence and fatal accident cases, with particular specialism in defending directors and assisting boards. Manchester-based Steffan Groch, who has experience handling high-profile public inquiries, leads the team, which acts for such well-known clients as Lidl and BT. Hilary Ross specialises in advising international corporates on risk management, whilst Dominic Watkins is noted for his expertise in retail and food sector defence work, an example of which being his leading in the representation of Arcadia in relation to a high-profile fatal incident at a Topshop store involving a young boy who suffered injury as a result of falling shop equipment.

Responsables de la pratique:

Steffan Groch

Autres avocats clés:

Dominic Watkins; Hilary Ross; Anne Marie Taylor; James Jevon; Claire Notley

Principaux clients

Wm Morrisons Group PLC






C&C Group

Severn Trent Water

Homebase ltd

Royal Borough of Chelsea & Westminster

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The ‘highly responsive’ team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has strong capabilities in advising a variety of well-renowned corporate clients on contentious matters. The group is well-equipped to advise on high-hazard compliance and regulatory matters relating to health and safety compliance and governance, having advised on well-known projects such as HS2. Practice head Paul Verrico is experienced in defending clients in matters brought by the HSE, as is ‘experienced and pragmatic’ infrastructure specialist Tim Hill, who works from both London and Newcastle. Sarah Valentine - who was promoted to partner in May 2023 - is noted for her capabilities in fatal and serious workplace incidents, advising clients in both criminal and regulatory investigations. ‘Highly trusted’ Amy Sadro has noteworthy expertise in criminal regulatory defence, and work involving women in health and safety.

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul Verrico

Autres avocats clés:

Tim Hill; Amy Sadro; Philip Crosbie; Julia Thomas; Sarah Valentine

Les références

‘Tim Hill and Amy Sadro work well together, have a good blend of experience, and give practical and focused advice. They understand our business very well.’

‘Tim Hill and Amy Sadro are both very good.’

‘The team has real-world subject matter expertise and delivers practical solutions.’

Principaux clients

Network Rail

China Light and Power

Thames Water Utilities Limited

The Bannantyne Group

Drax Power Limited

AMES/Griffon Group

Northumbrian Water Limited

Nestle UK Limited

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Hutchison Ports

Tarmac Trading Limited

American Pan UK Limited

Biffa Waste Services Limited

Northern Gas Networks Limited

McFarlane Telfer

Cadent Gas Limited

Universities Safety and Health Association

Harworth Group plc

Parker Hannifin



Daniel McShee co-heads Kennedys‘ practice alongside ‘fantastic advisor’ David Wright, who divides his time between Sheffield and London. The practice is well-regarded for its provision of a ‘seamless, professional service’ across a broad range of industry sectors. The group regularly assists clients in criminal health and safety cases, often arising from severe or fatal injuries arising from workplace incidents that result in alleged breaches of UK health and safety regulations. Legal director Stephanie Power acts as lead associate on much of the team’s highest profile inquiry work. Senior associate Susan Cha is a key name within the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Daniel McShee; David Wright

Autres avocats clés:

Stephanie Power; Susan Cha; Kathryn Lumby

Les références

‘The Kennedys team understand my complex business and grapple with the various risk profiles and different operation streams to provide a seamless professional service and very intuitive and pragmatic legal advice.’

‘The team provides the same level of service and attention to all our business needs, big or small, which sets them aside from their peers. They also embrace challenges and feedback and adapt accordingly to our needs. They are a very reliable and experienced team.’

‘The partners are highly capable but they also actively include their junior team members and encourage their development and involvement to better understand our business needs which is great to see.’

Principaux clients

National Highways

Associated Music Group


St James Group Ltd

Lanes Group

Mitie Group

OYO Hotels


Stonegate Pubs

Skanska Group


Kier Group

JD Wetherspoons


Morrison Energy and Water Services Limited


UK Power Networks

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the Kensington and Chelsea TMO in relation to the Public Inquiry and Criminal investigations being conducted by the Metropolitan Police Service following the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.
  • Represented National Highways at a 1 day inquest in April 2023 arising from a collision on a smart motorway, which received national media coverage.
  • Acting for St James Group Limited, the developer of a luxury residential development beside the Thames in a case involving a window which fell from the penthouse, fatally injuring a passer-by.

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP's Bristol-based health and safety offering has significant experience advising on high-profile investigatory matters across a range of industry sectors; the group has seen a notable increase in mandates concerning fire and building safety, which is associate director Matthew Kyle's area of focus. The team is described by clients as ‘the Rolls Royce of health and safety’ with its extensive client list including well-known companies as ITV, Amazon Studios and Netflix. Mary Lawrence, noted for her ‘industry-defining excellence and attention-to-detail’ leads the practice, which has both international and national capabilities. Katie Vickery is a key name in the team, with a specialism in compliance work and advising on regulatory risk.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mary Lawrence

Autres avocats clés:

Katie Vickery; Matthew Kyle

Les références

‘Osborne Clarke are unique for their exceptional understanding of the entertainment industry.’

‘Mary Lawrence is a standout partner and has been a critical stakeholder in our process and policy development. She has always provided thorough explanations reinforced with case studies.’

‘The Rolls Royce of health and safety reaching across sectors including heavy industry, power, TV and film to name but a few. The team is super efficient and client-focused, excellently resourced and boasts excellent client care skills.’

Principaux clients



Amazon Studios


National Grid Electricity Distribution



Barratt Homes


Principaux dossiers

  • Advising a real estate company across properties to establish where the new statutory role of Accountable Person will sit and what issues that may create from both an operational and liability perspective.
  • Advising Lifestory on its approach to building and fire safety, including engagement with the relevant Fire Services and on its health and safety management.
  • Advising an investor on requirements, checks it should be making and ultimately where liabilities such as criminal sanctions and remediation costs will sit.

Pinsent Masons LLP

The 'market leading' health and safety practice at Pinsent Masons LLP houses a team of ‘seasoned litigators’. The team has broad expertise in advising national and international companies on UK regulatory law, as well as handling complex contentious matters, involving prosecutions resulting from serious injuries and fatalities. The London group is led by ‘one of the most experienced litigators in the field’, Kevin Bridges, who also acts as the Manchester-based national head. In the last year, the team acted for Zurich Management Services Limited following the fatal collapse of a crane at its Falmouth Docks site in 2016; senior associate Laura White, noted for her ‘attention to detail and dedication to each client’s case’, assisted on this. Phil Newton is also noted for his expertise in defending European clients in matters brought by the HSE.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kevin Bridges

Autres avocats clés:

Laura White; Phil Newton; Sean Elson; Zoe Betts

Les références

‘We are a non-UK based company and the team guides us through the maze of English law with their clear and structured approach and provision of sound legal advice. They provide excellent guidance and their cooperation is excellent.’

‘They are a very experienced team of excellent health and safety practitioners who offer good pragmatic advice with a strong understanding of reputational issues. They are excellent at defining and explaining legal strategy and keeping the client stakeholders informed of progress.’

‘Sean Elson is excellent at strategy and communication, as well as addressing business critical issues – he is comfortable working in a collaborative way, has excellent judgement and is highly trusted by our business.’

Principaux clients



Morgan Sindall Group plc

Shell UK

Peel Ports

Galliford Try


Diamond Offshore Drilling

Celtic Plc

MacFarlan Smith

City of Edinburgh Council

British Marine

TT Club


Zurich Management Services Limited

Shoosmiths LLP

The practice at Shoosmiths LLP is co-led by Birmingham-based Roy Tozer‘talented lawyer’ Hayley Saunders and Sarah Bridgman. Its workload namely involves assisting regulatory bodies in complex and high-profile prosecution cases often involving fatalities and serious injuries. The team's lucrative client roster includes names such as IKEA and McDonald’s, for whom Philip Ryan is a go-to advisor. In addition to its contentious work, the team advises clients on significant business developments, which is a key focus area for ‘exceptional solicitor’ Charles Arrand. Principal associate Joanne Sear is described by clients as ‘brilliant to work with’, and is developing a strong reputation for her abilities advising renowned clients following serious incidents.

Responsables de la pratique:

Roy Tozer; Hayley Saunders; Sarah Bridgman

Autres avocats clés:

Philip Ryan; Charles Arrand; Paul Eccles; Joanne Sear; Rubina Zaidi; Kirsty Hughes

Les références

‘Charles Arrand and Kirsty Hughes have provided comprehensive help to us in a very serious case, providing reassurance and understanding.’

‘Accessibility of partners is second-to-none. The advice they provide is first-rate and tailored to the audience.’

‘Hayley Saunders leads the team and is a talented lawyer. She works well across all aspects of the business and has taken the time to get know the business; she is calm, professional and capable. Kirsty Hughes is new to the team but has already made an impression – she is knowledgeable and able to explain difficult concepts.’

Principaux clients


Calor Gas


Hitachi Rail



McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

The Middle Level Commissioners

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising a contracting company involved in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower in relation to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the associated regulatory investigations that will continue for years.
  • Advising a retailer in relation to a fatal accident involving a member of the public in one of their stores.
  • Advising a large manufacturing company in relation to a fall from height of an employee who suffered life changing injuries.

Addleshaw Goddard

London-based ‘icon in safety work’ David Young co-leads Addleshaw Goddard's practice alongside Manchester based national head of health and safety Erin Shoesmith, who is noted for her abilities in quickly ‘seeing deep into the heart of problems’, and Stuart Wardlaw, who splits his time between the Edinburgh and Leeds offices. The team is praised for bringing unparalleled focus, energy and understanding’ to each of its clients, advising on an array of nationally significant alleged regulatory breaches which often lead to serious health issues for those involved. Associate Sufia Saqib maintains a product, food and workplace safety focused practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Young; Stuart Wardlaw; Erin Shoesmith

Autres avocats clés:

Sufia Saqib; Adrian Mansbridge; Priscilla Addo-Quaye

Les références

‘David Young is an icon in safety work, he is well-known and respected throughout. Erin Shoesmith is very much at the front of many different aspects of industry. From retail to construction, She has a forged a position of significant prominence that now makes Addleshaw Goddard the envy of many more established firms.’

‘The team has great strength in depth and a brilliant leader in Erin Shoesmith – there is no one better.’

‘Erin Shoesmith is a brilliant lawyer, an excellent leader of her team and an outstanding case strategist.’

Principaux clients

Siemens Plc

Eddie Stobart Limited

Bestway Northern Limited

Victorian Plumbing Plc

Westridge Furniture Design

Joseph Ash Limited


Morrison Utility Services Limited

Boohoo Group

Asda Stores Limited

Belfield Furnishings Limited

B Braun Medical Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting in several public inquiries including Covid-19, Grenfell Tower, Manchester Arena, Scottish Hospitals, Scottish Child Abuse, Infected Blood and the Post Office Inquiries.
  • Advising on inquests which are often complex, multi-handed and involve Article 2 issues, particularly in relation to the National Rail Infrastructure Owner.

BCL Solicitors LLP

Business, crime and regulation-focused firm BCL Solicitors LLP‘s practice is experienced handling both domestic and cross-jurisdictional matters. The team's caseload includes advising its clients on cases involving fatal or serious injury, the outcomes of which have the ability to cause significant reputational harm to the corporations involved. ‘First-rate lawyer’ Richard Reichman and Tom McNeill co-lead the offering as part of the firm’s wider business crime and regulation team. McNeill was promoted to partner in October 2022 and is noted as ‘exceptional’. Described by clients as ‘outstanding, knowledgeable and personable’, associate Suzanne Gallagher is a key name within the practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Reichman; Tom McNeill

Autres avocats clés:

Suzanne Gallagher

Les références

‘BCL’s team offers an exceptional breadth and depth of knowledge in the field of health and safety law, extending beyond the more traditional sectors. Their specialism in corporate and business crime sets them apart from many.’

‘Tom McNeill and Richard Reichman are both exceptional individuals to work with. They offer real knowledge and insight into the work they do with a fantastic eye for detail and incredible work ethic.’

‘Tom McNeil has exceptional client relationship skills and great empathy. He is available to speak to at any time. He delivers concise, quality advice, his legal expertise in health and safety is exceptional and he goes above and beyond other legal professionals – he’s someone I want on my team.’

DLA Piper

The national practice at DLA Piper is known for its capabilities in regulatory health and safety work, frequently providing compliance and risk management advice to boards and well-known national and international organisations alike. The group primarily advises UK companies on the parameters of regulations in various jurisdictions globally, particularly with regard to the construction of new sites. The firm’s international co-head of EHS and product compliance, Nick Rock stands out in London, whilst Sheffield-based Teresa Hitchcock heads the team. Sheffield-based legal director Ailish Oxenforth is experienced in policy and procedure, frequently advising on related investigatory matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Teresa Hitchcock

Autres avocats clés:

Nick Rock; Alastair Clough; Ailish Oxenforth

Principaux clients

Arconic Corporation

SMG Europe Holdings Limited

VolkerRail Limited

G Network Communications Limited

Pilkington United Kingdom Limited

Vita Cellular Foams UK Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted throughout Phase 1 of a criminal investigation Inquiry being carried out by the Metropolitan Police Service, which continues in preparation for the Phase 2 report
  • Representing the operator of the Manchester Arena in relation to the terrorist attack in the City Room on 22 May 2017.
  • Acting in a prosecution being brought by the Office of Road and Rail in relation to an accident which occurred in 2014, during a rail improvement project

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

'Calm and assured' health and safety defence specialist Howard Watson leads the ‘thoughtful’ team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, which is well-equipped to handle regulatory and contentious work. The team regularly acts for well-known corporations in sensitive matters brought against them by the HSE. A key example of the work the team is involved in, is its representing ITV in the inquest of a person who committed suicide following his appearance on The Jeremy Kyle Show. Other noteworthy clients include BAE Systems and Chevron. David Bennett, promoted to partner in May 2023, has strong regulatory capabilities and advises clients through crisis management and internal investigations processes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Howard Watson

Autres avocats clés:

David Bennett

Les références

‘An excellent team with significant depth of experience and knowledge of the law. They are very flexible in how they get their work done and are proactive in making suggestions.’

‘Leaving aside their technical knowledge, which is excellent, it is rare to find lawyers that we trust and are happy to work with, but this is the case with Howard Waston and David Bennett. They explain new and complicated concepts in an understandable way.’

‘An assured and thoughtful team who provide helpful insight on all matters of health and safety law.’

Principaux clients



BAE Systems PLC





Principaux dossiers

  • Acting on behalf of Arup in relation to the various on-going investigations arising from the Stonehaven train derailment in August 2020 which resulted in 3 fatalities.
  • Acting on behalf of ITV at the Inquest of a person who committed suicide following his appearance on the Jeremy Kyle Show.
  • Acting on behalf of BAE Systems PLC following the death of two servicemen and the serious personal injury of others following the misfire of the gun on a Challenger 2 tank at the Castlemartin Firing Range.

Kingsley Napley LLP

The Kingsley Napley LLP's practice is noted for its ‘excellent crossover of skills in health and safety and criminal investigations’, handling an array of matters, including corporate manslaughter claims. Noted for his ‘excellent judgement’, criminal litigation expert Jonathan Grimes, and regulatory specialist and ‘leader in the field’ Melinka Berridge, co-head the team. Hannah Eales brings expertise in fire safety and regulatory work to the offering. Legal counsel Craig Baylis departed to Keystone Law in October 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jonathan Grimes; Melinka Berridge

Autres avocats clés:

Hannah Eales; Nicola Finnerty

Les références

‘Kinglsey Napley are excellent at representing individuals charged with health and safety offences.’

‘Jonathan Grimes is an excellent tactician.’

‘Melinka Berridge is a hard working, client-focused lawyer, collegiate and strategic in her approach. Hannah Eales has great attention-to-detail. Jonathan Grimes has excellent judgement on sensitive health and safety cases with a criminal angle.’

Principaux clients

London Fire Brigade

London Fire Commissioner


RPC houses a regulatory focused practice which regularly handles corporate manslaughter, gross negligence and fatal accident related work. The team consists of numerous insurance experts. Practice head Gavin Reese has vast regulatory expertise, and acts in numerous notable inquiries. Standout individual in the team Mamata Dutta always achieves the best results’, provides advice across the remit of health and safety matters and was promoted to partner in May 2023. Bristol-based Fiona Hahlo is well-equipped to handle high-profile work.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gavin Reese

Autres avocats clés:

Fiona Hahlo; Mamata Dutta; Steven Aitken

Les références

‘A premier health and safety firm with unrivalled expertise in fatal and catastrophic injury accidents – one of the best defendant firms practising in this area of law.’

‘Gavin Reece is a master tactician – his huge experience means that he is adept at handling the most difficult and sensitive cases.’

‘Mamata Dutta always achieves the best results – her clients respect her clear and focused advice and opponents admire her attention-to-detail and mastery of every case.’

Principaux clients


Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for a client who was involved in the refurbishment works at Grenfell Tower, from the immediate aftermath, and on an ongoing basis through the Police investigation and the Inquiry proceedings.
  • Represented the client during the course of an investigation by an Environmental Health Officer following an incident involving a forklift truck which caused injuries to an employee.
  • Representing a client in relation to a prosecution by the HSE following a fatality at a customer’s site.

Squire Patton Boggs

The 'exceptional' practice at Squire Patton Boggs is led by Manchester’s Robert Elvin, who is certified as a lead accident investigator, and is 'truly outstanding' when advising clients on health and safety issues within the chemicals, construction, and waste sectors. The national team maintains a strong international reputation, notably having represented Nantes FC in the ongoing inquest into the death of Emiliano Sala. Director Gary Lewis, also in Manchester, supports the team with his knowledge of the construction and printing sector, often advising on accident investigations and suicides in the workplace.

Responsables de la pratique:

Rob Elvin

Autres avocats clés:

Gary Lewis

Les références

‘The team is exceptional and has supported our business through very challenging matters; Rob Elvin in particular has provided truly outstanding advice.’

‘Rob Elvin has been exceptionally supportive, calm in challenging circumstances and is clearly an expert in his field.’

Principaux clients

Ashcourt Properties (Newland) Limited

D&C Mobile Welding Engineers Ltd

Horizon Specialist Contracting Limited

Mexichem Specialty Compounds Limited

Skyline Arcomet Limited

Pets At Home Ltd

Mercy Corps

Showsec International Limited

FC Nantes

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Showsec International Limited on the Manchester Arena Inquiry.
  • Advising FC Nantes in relation to the Coroner’s Inquest into the death of Emiliano Sala.
  • Representing a global humanitarian charity in the inquest into the death of one of its British employees assigned to the Mercy Corps’ Nigeria program, who was killed whilst visiting the Kajura Castle resort in Nigeria.

Beale & Co

The ‘very experienced’ team at Beale & Co is co-headed by Sheena Sood and Joanna Lewis, who is noted for her ‘real determination to get the best result for the client’. As a construction boutique, the firm is particularly adept in handling complex construction and infrastructure projects in particular, recently having been more involved with related cladding and fire safety cases. Alongside its contentious practice, the team regularly advises its corporate client list on regulatory compliance.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sheena Sood; Joanna Lewis

Autres avocats clés:

Zita Mansi; Nathan Modell; Michael O’Brien

Les références

‘It is uniquely placed to deal with disputes with a high-degree of technical complexity, giving it an edge in health and safety cases. They are highly knowledgeable and very experienced in managing large and complex litigation as well as health and safety investigations.’

‘Joanna Lewis has all the dedication, attention-to-detail, and absolute mastery of the evidence that is required in this demanding field. She is always completely on top of the evidence, understands the technical issues inside-out and has a real determination to get the best result for the client. She truly cares. The service she provides is second-to-none.’

‘The team has excellent industry knowledge, in-particular the interface between construction & engineering, HSE, regulatory and personal injury type matters.’

Principaux clients

Peter Lind & Company (Central Region) Limited

AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Ltd

EM Highway Services Limited

Mouchel Limited

Hastingwood Securities Ltd.

WYG Group Limited

Association for Consultancy and Engineering

Ramboll Group

Building Engineering Services Association

Arup Group Ltd

Blackfords LLP

Blackfords LLP‘s health and safety offering is experienced in handling the remit of matters, from criminal, which can involve HSE investigations and prosecutions, gross negligence manslaughter and corporate manslaughter claims. The team acts for both corporate and individual clients, with rail and healthcare being particular areas of focus. Its workload often includes inquests into workplace deaths and serious injuries. Experienced across the full scope of work, ‘first-class health and safety lawyer’ Gary Rubin leads the practice, which has considerable experience handling large-scale rail accident-related cases.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gary Rubin

Autres avocats clés:

Gary Bloxsome; Trevor Francis; Sophie Payne

Les références

‘The partners in the team are hugely experienced and knowledgeable. They are a big firm with a small firm’s attitude.’

‘Gary Rubin is a first-class lawyer with unparalleled experience and knowledge in the industry – he is the safest pair of hands.’

‘The team has an incredible range of clients and for a firm of their size they punch way above their perceived weight. The team have been involved in nearly all of the train or tram disaster health and safety cases in the last 30 years. They are client-driven, think outside the box and make the client’s best outcome their entire focus.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for a train driver in relation to the inquest into a workplace fatality, being the death of another driver who was crushed between two trains which were in the process of being coupled in a depot.
  • Acted for numerous gas engineers employed by the utility company SGN in relation to a police/HSE investigations into a gas explosion in South London, where a young child tragically lost her life in August 2022.
  • Acting in a series of investigations into alleged health and safety offences arising from the Grenfell Tower fire.


Lukas Rootman, who is well-equipped to handle both contentious and non-contentious matters with a growing focus on fire safety-related work, leads the ‘experienced and responsive’ London-based team at CMS, dividing his time between Sheffield and London. The team frequently advises clients in the energy and renewables sector, on compliance-related matters, as well as on matters involving serious injuries and fatalities in the workplace. ‘All-rounder’ Aimie Farmer, who also splits her time between London and Sheffield, is a senior associate to note in the team who assists on the majority of its most complex matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Lukas Rootman

Autres avocats clés:

Rosalind Morgan; Aimie Farmer; Megan Hancock

Les références

‘I think CMS is unique in its depth and breadth of knowledge in some of the core client business areas of activity, particularly heavy industry and waste management where many serious and fatal accidents continue to accrue.’

‘The team has an innate understanding of their client’s businesses and the risks involved in them, which makes the firm very easy to work with. The resource available at CMS is also second-to-none so every aspect of a case can be dealt with at the very best level no matter how remote or esoteric the point.’

‘CMS is a tough outfit where everybody pulls their weight for the client. The work ethic and level of commitment to cases is second-to-none in my experience. The partners lead by example in this respect and Lukas Rootman in particular stands out.’

Principaux clients



First Port

GE Aviation Systems Limited


The team at Fieldfisher is well-equipped to handle the full gamut of regulatory and contentious issues, frequently advising the National Security and Resilience Consortium on the health and safety risks of commercial organisations, major events, and national infrastructure. 'Superstar lawyer' Andrew Sanderson is particularly adept at advising on transport and defence mattersThe team notably advises Road Skills members on current regulations surrounding transport health and safety.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Sanderson

Autres avocats clés:

Kirstie Imber

Les références

‘Consistency is one of the team’s biggest strengths. They can always be counted on to treat tasks with importance whilst prioritizing appropriately.’

‘Andrew Sanderson is an excellent point of contact for the team. He keeps everyone on the same page, explaining any complexities before moving forward with any queries and, most importantly, he strives to make everything as perfect as possible. A valuable asset not only to his team but also to our company.’

‘Seriously on their game; very experienced and genuine experts.’

Principaux clients

National Security and Resilience Consortium

Road Skills


Enzen Global Limited

Sapphire Utility Solutions Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the National Security and Resilience Consortium on all aspects of its operation, which includes matters related to health and safety.
  • Advised Enzen Global Limited on the implementation of health and safety incident response systems in connection with their ten year construction management organisation contract awarded by Cadent.
  • Advised a chain of nightclubs on a health and safety-related investigation, and subsequently advised on the its health and safety policies and procedures.

Gowling WLG

Andrew Litchfield, described as ‘incredibly knowledgeable and great on strategy’ works from the firm’s Birmingham and London offices and leads the London regulatory crime team at Gowling WLG. The group's client list notably includes Bloor Homes Ltd and Eurotunnel. The team freqently advises defends its clients at Inquests involving on-site deaths or serious injuries, and also advised on the remit of health and safety regulations during the Covid-19 pandemic. Further, the group has experience handling sensitive matters involving vulnerable individuals.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Litchfield

Autres avocats clés:

Michael Hafen

Les références

‘Andrew Litchfield is incredibly knowledgeable and great on strategy and organisation with really good client care. We highly recommend him.’

Principaux clients

Kingspan Insulation Ltd

Bakkavor Foods Ltd

Bloor Homes Ltd

The Channel Tunnel Group/Eurotunnel

Sanctuary Housing Association

Cummins Ltd

Midland Heart

The Arch Company Limited

Richmond Fellowship

Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK Limited

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The health and safety practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP is well-equipped to handle high-profile health and safety matters across a broad range of industries. The team handles numerous coroner’s inquests and criminal prosecutions. A key example of such is its representation of Pret a Manger following the death of a customer after the consumption of a dairy-contaminated ‘dairy-free’ labelled product. The team also provides non-contentious compliance advice on a variety of issues. The practice is co-headed by Richard Welfare and Claire Lipworth ; Lipworth is leading on matters such as the inquest into the 2017 Manchester Arena attack on behalf of bereaved families, alongside ‘outstanding’ expert counsel Helen Boniface.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Welfare; Claire Lipworth; Helen Boniface

Autres avocats clés:

Scott Baxter; Haylea Campbell

Les références

‘I have been extremely impressed by the team. The quality of their lawyers is first-rate. Their systems for efficient and effective delivery are also excellent.’

‘Richard Welfare is an excellent partner who shows real leadership. He is clever, calm and client-focused.’

‘Helen Boniface is outstanding. Her deep experience of both criminal health and safety cases and related inquests provides a comprehensive service to clients.’

Principaux clients

Bereaved families of the Manchester Arena Terror attack

Pret a Manager

Crown Estate

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing six bereaved families in the Manchester Arena Inquiry, in which the Chair, Sir John Saunders, is investigating the deaths of the victims of the 2017 Manchester Arena attack.
  • Representing Pret a Manger following the death of a customer who had consumed a Pret wrap (that was contaminated with dairy from a third party specialist dairy-free supplied) shortly prior to her death.
  • Acted as sole legal adviser to The Crown Estate in relation to the Estate’s wind, tidal and gas storage portfolios in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Keoghs LLP

Nina Dhillon, who specialises in defending companies accused of breaching their regulatory duties, and crime and regulatory expert Chris Newton jointly lead Keoghs LLP's health and safety team. The team handles matters covering an array of industry sectors, involving fatal injuries; its client list includes such well-known insurance companies as Chubb and AXA. Associate Gemma Rush is a noted for her developing specialism defending both corporates and individuals being investigated for alleged health and safety breaches.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nina Dhillon; Chris Newton

Autres avocats clés:

Gemma Rush

Les références

‘The team were extremely supportive at a difficult time following an industrial incident with an employee. They were always there when we needed them.’

‘Nina Dhillion was incredibly supportive when we had visits from the HSE and in the aftermath of the incident that led to the case being brought. There was, and continues to be, constant communication.’

‘The team supports us with safeguarding, coroner’s inquests and general litigation matters. They are very effective and hugely responsive to our requests.’

Principaux clients


Catholic Insurance Services








Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Kings Court Cladding Services Ltd in regard to an incident where an 6m fall through a fragile roof led to fatal injuries.
  • Advising Titan Containers Ltd in a case where an employee became trapped whilst offloading a 10-tonne container causing fatal injuries.
  • Advising on the PRG Property Management Ltd matter wherein the building tenant’s son was investigating and/or completing repairs to the asbestos corrugated roof, sustaining fatal injuries.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright  is well-regarded for its talent at all levels of seniority’, and is led by ‘consummate professional’ Caroline May, who has experience handling both contentious and non-contentious energy, transport and construction issues. The team is regularly handles matters involving corporate manslaughter allegations and multiple fatalities. Associate Andrew Swarbrick who joined the team in May 2022 from Kennedys is noted as having ‘experience beyond his years’. Litigation expert Neil O’May is a key member of the team, and is well-equipped to advise clients on investigations and prosecutions following accidents.

Responsables de la pratique:

Caroline May

Autres avocats clés:

Neil O’May; Lucy Bruce Jones; Holly Stebbing; Andrew Swarbrick

Les références

‘The team combines almost-unrivalled experience of contentious litigation in the field; talent at all levels of seniority; excellent resourcing; and a concerted focus on their clients’ particular needs.’

‘Caroline May has market-leading expertise in the fields of both environmental law and health and safety law, coupled with almost unrivalled experience of civil and criminal litigation in both. She is a consummate professional.’

‘Andrew Swarbrick has experience beyond his years. He has a strong grounding in criminal litigation, identifies the key issues in a case quickly, and understands the strategies necessary to obtain good results in high-stakes health and safety prosecutions.’

Principaux clients

BP plc

CF Industries Holdings Inc

DP World, London Gateway

Gildan Activewear Inc

GlaxoSmithKline LLC


Kerry Group plc

Sandvik Mining & Construction Tools AB

Yara International ASA

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans‘ team is led by health and safety consultant specialist Crispin Kenyon, in close collaboration with the firm’s national offices, namely Liverpool-based Dewi Ap-Thomas; Leeds-based David LewisSeonaid Busby who is based in Glasgow; and Andrew Brammer who works from the Birmingham office. Lili Oliver is a corporate risk management specialist. The team is well equipped to advise on the remit of safety regulations and notably advised on the chlorine gas explosion at London Aquatic Centre in March 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Dewi Ap-Thomas; David Lewis; Crispin Kenyon; Seonaid Busby; Andrew Brammer

Autres avocats clés:

Lili Oliver

Les références

‘Weightmans assist us with both regulatory and civil work. The health and safety team really know there area of specialty and are easy to work with.’

‘Crispin Kenyon knows his area of expertise. He is easy to work with, and is consistent in his approach. Crispin is a very reassuring to have around in difficult situations and provides us with an number of options and approaches on the best way to deal with matters.’

‘Crispin Kenyon is a partner with much experience in this area and is a go-to person for health and safety cases.’

Bevan Brittan LLP

The team at Bevan Brittan LLP is adept at advising clients on key prosecution and inquest related matters. Birmingham-based practice head Adam Kendall is experienced in handling ligation and regulatory matters across a variety of industry sectors. Legal director Louise Mansfield, who works across the span of national offices, is noted for her provision of ‘personal attention-to-detail’. Stuart Marchant ably advises clients on corporate manslaughter investigations with a particular focus on health and social care.

Responsables de la pratique:

Adam Kendall

Autres avocats clés:

Louise Mansfield; Stuart Merchant

Les références

‘Louise Mansfield provides personal attention-to-detail.’

Principaux clients

Reading Borough Council

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Reading Borough Council in relation to a highly complex health & safety prosecution of multiple defendants, including a major retailer, following the death of a young child in its store.
  • Acted for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in relation to a potential HSE prosecution, successfully persuading the HSE not to prosecute the client.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

The practice at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is led by Jeremy Bark, who has strong capabilities in handling matters concerning fatal accidents, investigations and inquiries. The team maintains its regulatory focus, advising clients within the real estate, hotels and transport industries on regulations surrounding and potential breaches of health and safety compliance, particularly in relation to fire safety.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jeremy Bark


The health and safety team at Dentons regularly dispenses advice concerning compliance with health and safety regulations, and the associated civil and criminal risks therein; the group assists clients with the impacts of Brexit on businesses. Stephen Shergold leads the team after the departure of Scotland-based former co-head Malcolm Gunnyeon to Brodies LLP in October 2022. Helen Bowdren is experienced in handling Environment Agency and HSE investigations and prosecutions, leveraging her significant international experience. Consultant Sam Boileau, who often leads on inquests, is noted as being ‘thorough and meticulous’.

Responsables de la pratique:

Stephen Shergold

Autres avocats clés:

Helen Bowdren; Sam Boileau; Amy Morin

Les références

‘Dentons are great – they are reliable, responsive, commercially aware and know the law inside-out. They will always go the extra mile for clients.’

‘Sam Boileau in particular is great. He really knows his stuff and his judgement is spot on – he is very commercially aware and spots potential problems well before they appear and he is thorough and meticulous. He works closely with Amy Morin who is also very good.’

‘The team are very responsive, knowledgeable and practical about the advice they provide. They’re a valued advisor to our business on all matters relating to health and safety.’

Principaux clients

John Lewis & Partners

Avis Budget Group


Principaux dossiers

  • Advising HB St Martins PTE on the removal of ACM panels from the exterior of residential and commercial premises.
  • Advising Sohar Industrial Port Company on the procurement of emergency fire protection services at a major industrial port facility.
  • Advising BASF in relation to the impacts of Brexit on its European and UK chemicals business, including the application of the new UK REACH regime and transitional arrangements.

Fisher Scoggins Waters LLP

The team at Fisher Scoggins Waters LLP is led by ‘powerhouse’ Michael Appleby, who is experienced in defending clients in prosecutions concerning alleged offences or manslaughter in the workplace. Leading alongside Appleby are Mark Scoggins and Charlotte Waters, who has particular expertise in health, safety and construction matters. The team maintains a ‘great and well-deserved reputation’, advising on every stage of disasters and incidents.

Responsables de la pratique:

Michael Appleby; Mark Scoggins; Charlotte Waters

Les références

‘The firm deals with a wide variety of health and safety cases and appreciates and understands the different stages of an investigation. It has systems in place to assist with investigations from the outset.’

‘Michael Appleby is a powerhouse with over twenty years of experience in health and safety. He has been involved in a number of high-profile cases across a variety of industries ranging from transport, construction site and food safety. He is frequently the first port of call in emergency cases. His knowledge of case law is second-to-none.’

‘The team is small but very dynamic. Mark Scoggins, Charlotte Waters and Michael Appleby all have a great and well-deserved reputation within the sector. The firm is involved in many fatal investigations, representing companies and individuals across a wide range of sectors including transport, utilities and construction.’

Principaux clients



Balfour Beatty

Biffa Waste

Southern Water

Forth Ports/Port of Tilbury London Ltd


Poole Bay Group

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s health and safety offering, which sits within the firm’s white collar crime and investigations practice, is headed by ‘leader in the field’ Kizzy Augustin, who joined from Russell-Cooke LLP in February 2022. The team’s workload includes providing regulation and compliance related advice, as well as representing its growing list of clients in prosecutions following incidents which have led to serious injuries and fatalities.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kizzy Augustin

Les références

‘The firm’s health and safety department has been strengthened by the arrival of Kizzy Augustin. The team has fantastic resources and a wide and experienced talent pool; it can be very quick and adept in responding to workplace accidents and investigations. It has substantial credibility within the market place.’

‘Kizzy Augustin is a leader in this field and her knowledge of the industry is very impressive. Her knowledge is up-to-date and relevant. She is a brilliant lawyer with excellent case management skills.’

‘The team has a great knowledge and a good attitude.’

Principaux clients

Assurity Consulting


Barote Construction Limited

MV Kelly Limited