Eversheds Sutherland

Health & Safety Department

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What the team is known for Market-leading team of health and safety specialists, praised for its depth of expertise. Represents a plethora of household names in construction, manufacturing and infrastructure in defence of complex prosecutions and investigations. Also notable for its non-contentious work, with extensive experience assisting clients with training and consultancy. Additional expertise in the energy and offshore sectors. Noted coverage across the country.

Strengths"It's a full-service offering," notes a source, adding: "They're extremely knowledgeable on the regulatory side."

A client reports: "They are a fantastic team who took time to understand our safety procedures, so there is a lot of mutual trust, respect and confidence. They really are part of the legal team despite being external."

Work highlights Represented Turriff Contractors in an investigation following a substantial gas explosion. The process was further complicated by several corporate ownership changes, and involved negotiations with the HSE and Procurator Fiscal.

Notable practitioners

David Young is a "big hitter" in the health and safety space and is highly regarded for his management of fatal injury matters as well as his long-standing experience in internal and HSE investigations, inquests and prosecutions. Clients say he is "very commercial and pragmatic, and he gets very good results."

Kevin Elliott regularly acts for clients in the energy sector on a range of health and safety matters, including advising on regulatory concerns and HSE investigations. Sources say: "He's got great judgement and is very conscientious, which is a pretty powerful combination for ensuring the best results are obtained," as well as highlighting "his encyclopaedic knowledge of his cases."

Paul Verrico is particularly recognised for his work with clients in the construction industry, which includes handling police and HSE investigations following serious and fatal on-site accidents. "He is absolutely excellent," notes one source, while another states: "He is tenacious and extremely robust, but is also well thought of by his clients – he gets the balance right."

Tim Hill is increasingly recognised for his experience in advising construction and energy sector clients on HSE investigations and prosecutions. Interviewees commend him for being "very passionate about his subject," while also drawing attention to his niche strength in water-related mandates.