Herbert Smith Freehills

Health & Safety Department

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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. Has 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.


A client says: "I was easily able to see how having them on the team has helped improve the likely outcome. They've really prepared us. We've really appreciated having them."

Work highlight

Acted on behalf of BAE Systems following the death of two servicemen and the serious personal injury of others following the misfire of the gun on a Challenger 2 tank at the Castlemartin Firing Range.

Notable practitioners

Howard Watson has extensive experience handling both contentious and non-contentious health and safety issues and routinely advises clients on serious injuries and deaths. One client says: “He is remarkably intelligent and skilled with handling big corporate clients. He is highly capable in this area,” with another adding that “he is clearly an expert and is very good at anticipating the next move and how things will play out.”