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Herbert Smith Freehills

Health & Safety

1 ranked lawyersBand 5UK-wideUK 2022 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.

Work highlights

Represented Arup in the police and ORR investigations into corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences in relation to the Stonehaven train derailment. Arup was involved in designing the drainage system which may have contributed to the derailment.

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 knows every intricate detail of the case, he knows everything about health and safety, nothing fazes him and he knows strategy inside and out." "He is brilliantly hands-on, very willing to get stuck into the drafting and legal analysis and just a great trial lawyer."

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Howard Watson
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