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 construction, transport and energy. Equally adept at providing non-contentious advice as defending clients in court and in investigations

Strengths

Clients say: "They are very helpful, knowledgeable and experienced."

Others state: "They provide excellent advice and help; they have first-class legal minds backed up with great experience."

Work highlight

Represented John Wade Group, a recycling and quarrying company, in a police-led corporate manslaughter investigation following a fatal accident.

Notable practitioners

David Egan is recognised for his expertise in serious and fatal accidents cases. Sources highlight that "he is a problem solver and he is pragmatic," adding that "he has a good eye for detail."

Hilary Ross is highly rated for her understanding of health and safety, with notable expertise in the food, retail and leisure sectors. Clients remark that "she's fantastic," adding: "She is very pragmatic and commercial and no one is more knowledgeable in the food safety area."

Simon Belfield is valued for his consummate advice to clients involved in health and safety investigations and prosecutions. Sources declare that "he has a vast knowledge in the field," adding: "He prosecuted for the HSE for many years and now he is on the defence side so he has a good grasp of both positions."

Steffan Groch is admired for his high-calibre advice to clients on health and safety prosecutions brought by the HSE, CPS and local authorities. Sources comment that "he's an admirable, energetic go-getter who fights hard for his clients," adding: "He's an intelligent lawyer."

Vikki Woodfine is prized for her wide knowledge of health and safety cases, including transport matters. Market sources say that "she is passionate in defending her clients."