Our specialist solicitors and barristers, described as “extremely knowledgeable. Highly skilled in all aspects of health and safety legislation.”(Chambers and Partners [2017]), are experienced in defending companies and individuals in the most serious health and safety prosecutions. They will support you through every step of the process in a practical, commercial and straightforward way whilst offering the highest levels of legal advice, representation and advocacy. 

Examples of cases for the team include:

  • defending a local authority acquitted at the Crown Court in an HSE prosecution concerning a fatality at a public event;
  • defending a construction company prosecuted in the Crown Court following a double fatality on site;
  • defending the client in a CDM project following a tragedy on site which led to a quadruple fatality;
  • representing a company director who was interviewed for gross negligence manslaughter but no action was taken;
  • defending a national haulier prosecuted following an accident where an employee was injured; the local authority dropped the case;
  • representing the principal contractor in the investigation into the Gerrards Cross rail tunnel collapse.

Recommended by Chambers [UK 2016], head of team Laura Thomas "is very effective and communicates at all levels, she is not patronising and gives a very clear message." 

Barristers Laura Thomas (‘sympathetic, frank and assiduous’) and Matthew Gowen are experienced in defending regulatory and HSE matters, including a recent multiple fatality at a construction site.