The team uniquely comprises specialist solicitors and barristers as well as expert health and safety consultants.

We support businesses and individuals facing investigation by the HSE, local authorities and police following health and safety incidents, including representation at coroner’s inquests and defence of proceedings in the criminal courts. Our safety specialists, who are all former HSE Inspectors, assist businesses with their health and safety systems through training, audits, health checks and, if necessary, accident investigations.

Accolades for the team include:

  • Chambers & Partners: ranked nationwide for health and safety.
  • Legal 500: Consistently ranked in first tier for Health and Safety in East Anglia.

Health and safety newsletters

We produce a variety of newsletters covering changes in legislation, topical news and issues affecting our clients. You can download the latest issue of Health and Safety Help!, our newsletter for professionals tasked with health and safety matters, from our newsletter page. If you would like to automatically receive future issues please register your details.

Legal 500 UK 2021 Top Tier    

Key contacts

Matthew Gowen

Partner (Barrister)

+44 (0)1473 299118

+44 (0)7836 615178


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Meet the full team

‘The Birketts regulatory and corporate defence team is always there for us. Whenever we call they respond quickly and appropriately. We consider them an extension of our business and a key part of our team. They offer excellent legal counsel, are consistently professional and we rely on their broad knowledge base to guide us in a compliant way.'

Legal 500 [UK 2021]