Laws affecting health and safety at work ensure that never before have employers been faced with so many responsibilities relating to the welfare of employees in the working environment. Our regulatory group is recognised in the major legal directories as leaders in Health and Safety, and has particular expertise in relation to health and safety compliance issues.
We regularly deal with investigations by the Health and Safety Executive and local authorities. 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.
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 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.