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Herbert Smith Freehills

Health & Safety

1 ranked lawyersBand 4UK-wideUK 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Defends organisations in investigations and prosecutions arising from fatal accidents and serious injuries. Acts for a number of major national and international clients. Demonstrates long-standing expertise in the energy, transport and industrial sectors. Also advises a growing list of well-known developers. Adept at handling corporate manslaughter investigations.

Strengths

"They're very good at strategy and very proactive," says a client.

Work highlights

Acted on behalf of ITV during the inquest of an individual who committed suicide following his appearance on the Jeremy Kyle Show.

Notable practitioners

Howard Watson is active across a range of sectors, offering particular strength in energy industry mandates. He handles both contentious and non-contentious matters for well-renowned clients, demonstrating recent expertise in inquests, corporate manslaughter investigations and prosecutions.
"He's outstanding. He's very wise, very good with tactics and strategy and he's a robust defender who will argue very strongly." "He is brilliantly analytical, and the speed with which he can master complex details is outstanding. He is brilliant with clients." "He's a strong practitioner who's got a really good eye for detail."

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Howard Watson
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