DWF

Health & Safety Department

UK-wide
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What the team is known for Leading practice with impressive instructions from both prominent insurers and corporations. Proficient health and safety team that offers notable strength across the UK. Acts for a range of well-known and leading organisations from various industry markets including retail, construction, transport and energy. Equally adept at providing non-contentious advice and defending clients in court and in investigations.

Strengths One source reports: "They have a swathe of corporate clients and they are involved in the biggest cases. They have a whole team specialising in it. These guys are very specialist and they have a good mix of people."

"The team is excellent. We feel that we are in the best hands possible," confirms a client.

One interviewee notes: "They are very good technically and they provide excellent service."

Work highlights Advised Yorkshire Water Services on an internal investigation, police investigation and HSE proceedings arising from a fatal accident at work, securing a significantly lower fine than anticipated following three years of counsel.

Notable practitioners


David Egan
is routinely called upon to provide counsel to clients on investigations held by local authorities and the HSE. His expertise includes fatal accidents, serious injuries and environmental issues. He has experience across a range of sectors including retail, food and beverage and real estate.
"He's very able, steady and well respected in the market."


Hilary Ross
is active across a range of sectors including retail, construction and energy, while also drawing praise for her knowledge of the food industry. She offers high-quality advice on fatal accident investigations and serious accident prosecutions. She has substantial experience providing counsel on HSE, police and EHO matters.
"She is an excellent health and safety lawyer and has a lot of experience."


Paul Matthews
is routinely called upon to defend clients in criminal defence matters including corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter cases raised by police and the HSE. His work covers a range of sectors including utilities, local authorities and construction.
"He has a superb grasp of health and safety law, he knows it inside and out and he has developed a superb team. He is also extremely hard-working." "He's very sharp and he understands the corporate mind - he's an impressive individual."


Simon Belfield
's recent activity includes HSE prosecutions and police investigations. He has experience handling a broad range of issues, including corporate manslaughter as well as fatal and serious accidents at work. His clients stem from a range of industries, such as food, utilities and the charity sector.
"He is a first-class litigator who knows a lot about health and safety law." "He's a fantastic lawyer."


Steffan Groch
is highly sought after in the health and safety market. He acts on behalf of companies and managers in prosecutions brought by local authorities and the HSE. His experience includes advising clients on corporate manslaughter cases and providing counsel on high-profile public inquiries.
"He has a presence and profile in the market and he knows this area inside and out. He's top-drawer." "He is able, well respected and a really nice guy."


Vikki Woodfine
is renowned in the health and safety market for her expertise in transport regulatory work. She has considerable experience of advising clients on ORR and BTP matters. She has provided counsel to clients on manslaughter and serious accidents at work investigations. 
"She's confident and clients love her because they know they have someone fighting on their side." "She's very practical and puts her heart and soul into matters. She's excellent in this field. She has a specialism in transport and has really pushed forward with that."