Keoghs LLP

Health & Safety Department

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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 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.


A client says: “They were exceptional in a technically difficult case. Their strength and depth of resources was superb.”

Another source adds: "I've never known a team so hard-working."

Work highlight

Represented Sean Hegarty Limited, together with three individual members of the Hegarty family, following a fatal incident which occurred in 2014 when the company was undertaking road works in Suffolk.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Newton handles health and safety investigations, with experience in gross negligent and corporate manslaughter prosecutions. One client says: “The decision to go with him was brilliant. He always answers questions in a very common-sense, understandable way. He gave simple answers, applying his skills and knowledge to our specific situation in a clear way. That was very valuable to me."

David Walton has a wealth of experience acting for clients in respect of HSE investigations following fatal incidents. One client says: “David brings tremendous experience in this area,” while another adds that “he gives great service to clients, achieves strong outcomes and has particular expertise in the insurance side.”

Neena Sharma maintains a crime and regulatory practice, focused on prosecutions relating to motor crime. She acts for both corporations and individuals in police and HSE investigations. Sources note her “excellent client manner.”

Suzanne Drinkwater routinely advises clients in investigations relating to health and safety breaches and has particular knowledge of carbon monoxide cases. Her clients describe her as “a strong lawyer who is good on the regulatory side.”