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.

Work highlights Represented Chevron in a corporate manslaughter investigation stemming from an on-site explosion that resulted in four fatalities. Secured the dismissal of the CPS investigation and continued to act for the client in the HSE prosecution.

Notable practitioners

Howard Watson is a "highly intelligent and tactically astute solicitor with an enormous capacity for grasping highly complex technical issues," according to interviewees.  His impressive practice includes corporate manslaughter investigations, HSE prosecutions and inquests. "He has a great eye for detail and the ability to simplify complicated matters," states a source. "He's got a wealth of experience and is really good at working with clients."