Keoghs LLP

Health & Safety Department

UK-wide
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What the team is known for Strong team noted for its handling of prosecutions by the HSE and the police. Regularly acts for a number of major insurers as well as companies in the food, construction and industrial sectors. Assists clients at all stages of investigations, including at inquests. Areas of expertise include corporate manslaughter and individual gross negligence manslaughter cases.

Strengths Sources say: "They are a deeply committed, hard-working and thorough outfit who go the extra mile to ensure that their clients are properly serviced."

"It's an excellent team, and their main strength is the depth of their knowledge in small and niche markets. Their client care is also second to none," reports an interviewee.

Interviewees say: "It's a very strong group of devoted and skilled lawyers who have client care as a primary focus. All of the lawyers are specialists in their fields and work well together as a team."

Work highlights Represented an individual in a joint HSE and police investigation stemming from a fatal explosion at Bosley Wood Mill in 2015. The client, along with other employees, faced charges of individual gross negligence manslaughter.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Green maintains a well-respected practice that includes advising public and private sector clients on complex regulatory proceedings. He draws on broader experience in related criminal matters, and is a go-to practitioner for both individuals and corporates.

Christopher Newton is recognised for his expert handling of corporate and gross negligence manslaughter cases as well as broader HSE matters. Interviewees state that "he instils confidence in clients from the outset, has a very good knowledge and understanding of the clients' needs and possesses brilliant commercial awareness." 

David Walton regularly acts for clients in HSE and gross negligence manslaughter investigations resulting from fatal incidents. "He is an excellent lawyer, has a lovely touch with clients and produces fantastic briefs," states an interviewee.

Neena Sharma is "an excellent health and safety lawyer with fantastic legal knowledge," which includes experience handling civil and criminal investigations. Sources say she is "very forward-thinking in her work and knows how to put forward a strategy," as well as noting that she "can put people at ease even in the most difficult cases."