Kennedys

Health & Safety Department

UK-wide
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What the team is known for

Superb-quality defence team, nationally recognised as a market leader for health and safety matters involving a wide range of sectors including rail, manufacturing, healthcare and leisure. Also experienced in cases involving fire and rescue services and public authorities. Highly adept at handling high-profile fatal accidents and incidents involving mass injuries, acting for both individuals and organisations. Able to provide clients with a full range of advice and support, from initial crisis response through to investigations and criminal prosecutions.

Strengths

Sources say: "They have experience, strength in depth and genuine knowledge of the area; they're real health and safety specialists. That sets them apart."

Clients add: "They are the leading lawyers in health and safety regulatory matters."

Work highlight

Acted for the Harsco Group in a contested trial arising from a fatal incident at the Tata Scunthorpe Steel Works. The HSE decided to stop the trial with not guilty verdicts being recorded.

Notable practitioners

Daniel McShee is praised for his expertise in handling highly publicised health and safety cases. Sources describe him as "a standout lawyer," adding that "he has technical knowledge and a layer of pragmatism with great expertise in case law."

David Wright is noted for his impressive experience in a range of health and safety investigations and prosecutions. Clients appreciate that "he is responsive and very experienced," adding that he is "efficient and helped us move quickly."

Richard Crockford is acknowledged for his expert defence of individuals and companies at inquests, inquiries and prosecutions. He is described by market sources as "a very experienced practitioner" in the health and safety field.