Health & Safety Department

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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"The key difference is their ability to understand our needs and work with us – it doesn’t feel like we are a simply a client and that they are going through the motions or following a standard procedure," states an interviewee.

Work highlights Acted for Arcadia Group following an accident in a store in Glasgow that resulted in a child sustaining a serious brain injury.

Notable practitioners

David Egan is frequently instructed on fatal accident matters, demonstrating additional strength in associated criminal investigations. He is held in high regard by interviewees, one of whom commends his "skilful legal research."

Regulatory expert Hilary Ross is an experienced health and safety practitioner with recognised expertise advising clients in the retail sector. Her caseload includes leading various corporate manslaughter investigations and handling police, EHO and HSE-related issues.

Interviewees describe Simon Belfield as "an excellent practitioner who knows health and safety law backwards." He is especially experienced in handling internal and police investigations as well as HSE matters, frequently acting on behalf of utility companies. Impressed market sources state: "He is a brilliant operator who is great with client relationships and always sees the big picture."

Steffan Groch maintains a highly regarded health and safety practice, offering notable expertise in guiding clients through corporate manslaughter investigations. Interviewees highlight his handling of complex mandates, describing him as "a top guy who deals with the big cases."

Vikki Woodfine is a "commercially savvy" health and safety lawyer who acts for clients in wide-ranging sectors, advising on matters such as serious accidents, corporate manslaughter investigations and HSE prosecutions. "She works incredibly hard and really fights in the pursuit of her clients' best interests," confirms a source, going on to praise her "excellent judgement."