No5 Barristers' Chambers

Health & Safety Department

Midlands (Bar)
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The set regularly advises and represents public authorities and clients from various industry sectors in prosecutions arising from a range of matters, including industrial accidents and the failure of care in the context of national and local business, including healthcare, manufacturing and retail. Impressed clients say: "They have been absolutely excellent and I would recommend them to any one who is looking for representation in this type of work. They have been very thorough in the advice given and nothing has been too much trouble."

Client service: "The clerks are very professional and are great to work with." "Practice director Chris Norman is superb: he is always willing to go the extra mile in dealing with the courts and the prosecution in relation to listings and adjournments."

Bernard Thorogood
Astute senior junior who has developed an enviable regulatory practice. He prosecutes and defends complex health and safety cases across the country and is also adept in related inquests. He continues to elicit praise for his extensive experience and knowledge of health and safety law.
Strengths: "He's extremely responsive and you really feel like he's in the trenches with you. He's very in tune with the client's sensitivities and is a strong communicator."
Recent work: Acted in a prosecution arising from an investigation into the failure of the main parachute to deploy following ejection, which resulted in a Red Arrows pilot losing his life.

Tim Pole
A leading health and safety practitioner in the Midlands who acts for local authorities and the HSE, as well as various private sector entities. He has experience handling prosecutions, HSE investigations and navigating through sentencing exercises following serious injury and death.
Strengths: "He can be helpfully dogmatic and tough in difficult situations: he does not roll over easily but runs with the argument. He's good at managing expectations and is excellent with clients."
Recent work: Represented the local authority in a case against Poundstretcher in respect of long-standing failings which had placed the company’s workers in danger. The company received a fine of £1 million.