Health & Safety in the UK
We regularly deal with a wide range of health and safety matters, including investigations by the Health and Safety Executive and local authorities in the UK. We also provide technical and strategic advice to clients in relation to a wide range of compliance, development and operational issues. In particular, we have enjoyed success in defending clients and proceedings bought before the Courts for fatal accidents, as well as lesser injuries. We also attend and represent clients at inquests in preparation for subsequent prosecutions under health and safety legislation.
The team has advocacy experience of both prosecuting and defending health and safety matters thereby giving them a unique insight into the regulatory process from both sides of the courtroom. Craig and Jeremy are noted solicitor advocates and Jeremy has obtained his criminal higher rights of audience.
We have also been active in advising many clients in relation to their responsibilities under the Corporate Manslaughter Act which recently came into force. This Act is of concern to institutional lenders who may be caught by its provisions and we have seen a notable increase in concern from banks and lenders about this potential new liability.
Many industry consultants and trade associations choose our group when seeking advice on complicated regulatory matters and providing seminars to their members.
We have significant expertise in relation a number of niche specialist areas, for example in relation to fire precautions. We not only advise clients generally as to the requirements of the legislation but also provide practical advice on the implementation of systems and procedures to comply with the legislation.