Health & Safety Department

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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 unrivalled knowledge and experience handling large health and safety cases, and they have a large team so they can accommodate for such matters. They also have real and true specialists."

Work highlights Acted for B&A Contracts on a joint police and HSE investigation following the deaths of three employees in an explosion that took place at a Chevron oil refinery.

Notable practitioners

Daniel McShee comes recommended as a "top-tier partner" who draws praise for his expert handling of public inquiries and criminal investigations for both private and public sector clients. "He's very experienced, and that's what commercial clients like and want," observes one source, while another notes that he is "involved in an array of top cases."

David Wright maintains a respected health and safety practice that spans both large-scale prosecutions and regulatory mandates. His client base includes property developers and waste management entities, as well as local authorities.

Richard Crockford is held in high esteem for his broad practice that includes assisting clients with public inquiries, criminal investigations, gross negligence manslaughter convictions and inquests. "He is a master tactician who is very experienced and has real inside knowledge," reports an interviewee.