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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 UKWe 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. 

Representative Experience

  • Acting as lead advisors for the Olympic Delivery Authority in relation to the construction and delivery of the Olympic venues at the 2012 London games 
  • Advised various clients post the Grenfell Tower tragedy in relation to fire safety issues. For example, he advised a large UK company in relation to its involvement with Grenfell Tower and provided responses to the public inquiry in relation to its role and responsibilities. Another example included, dealing with H&S issues arising from the refurbishment of large multi-let building (including residential units) and fire safety concerns raised by tenants post “Grenfell”. 
  • Acting for a hotel property owner in relation to a structural collapse at one of its hotel assets managed under a hotel management agreement and where significant injuries were sustained by guests. Dealing with the ongoing investigation and providing technical advice in relation to remedial works required. 
  • Acting for a UK utility company in relation to investigations into alleged defects with historic infrastructure and assisting the client to avoid formal enforcement action.