Pinsent Masons

Health & Safety Department

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What the team is known for Outstanding group with particular expertise advising leading corporations in the financial services, transport, energy and construction industries on a broad range of regulatory and litigation matters. Experienced across the range of health and safety prosecutions, including corporate manslaughter cases. Also offers its clients non-contentious services, including guidance and training on a whole host of health and safety issues. Has advised household-name retailers, national house builders and leading manufacturers.

Strengths"I rate them very highly," reports a client. "They're a top-tier practice with a good-sized team and good bench strength. There are no weaknesses in the team."

Market sources say: "They have some extremely able individuals but also work very well as a team. They are very experienced, and have the ability to bring together the right lawyers for the right case because they have a good spread of people."

Another client describes the lawyers as "quick to respond and quick to give proactive advice."

Work highlights Acted for Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure in an HSE prosecution connected to an amputation incident, securing a lower fine and the avoidance of a Newton hearing.

Notable practitioners

Kevin Bridges is a "highly experienced and very client-focused" practitionerwho handles a wide range of matters, including criminal and HSE investigations, negotiations and regulatory concerns. "He is very knowledgeable," states a client, going on to highlight "his strategic focus – he's really good at working out where something is going and how we get there."

Sarah Taylor comes recommended as a "standout lawyer" who works with clients in the energy and retail sectors on a range of regulatory matters. Her practice includes criminal prosecutions following serious and fatal accidents, as well as HSE investigations. "She's an outstanding lawyer and is someone you would want to be on your side in a health and safety fight," observes an interviewee.

Sean Elson represents a broad client base in HSE prosecutions and investigations following serious and fatal on-site accidents. Interviewees highlight his "wealth of experience" and "calm, thoughtful and practical advice."

Zoe Betts is "an excellent lawyer" who regularly assists with HSE negotiations and various associated regulatory matters. Market sources state that she "builds a superb rapport with clients," adding: "She's very pragmatic and gives great advice."