DAC Beachcroft LLP

Health & Safety Department

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What the team is known for Large and well-respected team with a breadth and depth of expertise in health and safety law. Provides advice and representation to companies and directors in relation to health and safety compliance. Experienced at handling criminal investigations and prosecutions. Provides guidance on corporate manslaughter investigations. Clients include multinationals within the retail and food sectors, as well as insurers.

Strengths"They're very competent and capable – they came in and took a weight off my shoulders, and helped in a calm and considered way," reports a client, adding: "They really took the time to build a good relationship."

Another client notes: "It's an excellent firm with a well-deserved reputation in their specialist field."

"They're a thorough team with excellent client-handling skills," states a market source.

Work highlights Acted for affordable housing provider Aster Group in criminal proceedings arising from the death of a child who had been using a disabled home lift.

Notable practitioners

Chris Baranowski regularly guides clients such as manufacturers through HSE and criminal investigations, as well as related regulatory concerns. Sources note that he "takes time to properly examine all the information" and add that he "genuinely cares about his clients."

Colin Moore is described as "one of the main players in the health and safety litigation world." He acts for a clients in a range of proceedings, including public inquiries, HSE matters and coronial investigations.

Fiona Gill offers "calm and clear advice in challenging circumstances and excellent legal knowledge," according to interviewees. She has notable strength in handling public inquiries, police investigations and coronial proceedings, and draws praise for "using her experience to get to the root of the problem."

Sally Roff attracts a broad client base that includes those in both the public and private sectors. She handles matters such as complex HSE investigations and prosecutions. "She has strong communication and client skills, works very hard and has very good judgement," reports a source.