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Burges Salmon LLP

Health & Safety

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What the team is known for

A specialist team of practitioners who are highly expert at providing advice on the full range of civil and criminal health and safety matters. Acts for an extensive roster of clients from a range of sectors including retail, rail and transport. Has also been sought out by clients within the sports sector to advise on health and safety breaches. Also demonstrates expertise in the field of food safety.

Strengths

A source reports: "The firm has an excellent understanding of our area and a very easy and approachable style. They have a very inclusive ethos and with very regular information exchange and realistic feedback."

Another notes: "This is a very strong team indeed for health and safety and inquest matters."

"They are professional, make you feel important and you feel you can trust the advice they give you. They also listen to what you are saying and show empathy and understanding,"a client states.

Work highlights

Advised a train operating company on ORR and BTP investigations into the death of a passenger between a train platform and train, as well as providing counsel on the subsequent inquest.

Notable practitioners

Ann Metherall offers particular strength on matters within the rail sector, drawing on her background in railway engineering. She regularly advises clients on investigations and prosecutions by the BTP and ORR following fatal accidents. She also acts on behalf of organisations from the construction and food and beverage sector.
"She's extremely good. She's diligent and has immense knowledge of the rail industry." "She's great to work with. She is very approachable and responsive, is super knowledgeable in her area of expertise and has a good understanding of the commercial realities of our industry." "I have always found that she is extremely good at picking out the key points in a case that will affect the outcome for her client and choosing tactical approaches that are not only legally sound, but also attractive for the court dealing with the case."

Chris Jackson has considerable knowledge of the health and safety market. He is called upon to provide counsel to clients on safety compliance and fields particular experience in the rail sector. He also has experience of advising clients during public inquiries.

Guy Bastable is renowned for his substantial experience of handling fatal accident and corporate manslaughter issues. He provides counsel on investigations and prosecutions from a range of regulatory bodies, including the Environment Agency and the HSE. He advises local authorities as well as organisations in the energy, entertainment and food and beverage sectors. 
"He knows the case inside and out and back to front. He is very well respected and he is the 'go-to' man. He will fight terrifically for clients." "I think he is brilliant and he gets to the heart of a problem very quickly." "He won't leave any stone unturned to explore positive outcomes for the client."

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Health & Safety Department

Burges Salmon LLP

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1 Glass Wharf

Bristol

Bristol

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BS2 0ZX

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Health & Safety


Ann Metherall
Band 2
Chris Jackson
Band 4
Guy Bastable
Band 1