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. Advises household-name retailers, national house builders and leading manufacturers.

Strengths One interviewee states: "They're very good, very strong and very significant. They are involved in all sorts of high-profile matters and are serious leaders in the field."

Sources note: "It's an exceptional firm in the area that services high-end clients."

A commentator remarks: "They have a very strong reputation in terms of the level of experience you expect from a top-rate firm. They have some very experienced practitioners and a wide-ranging practice in manufacturing - that's a strong suit although they're also strong across the board."

Notable practitioners

Kevin Bridges
maintains his strong reputation in the market. He handles a wide spectrum of matters including public inquiries, police investigations, prosecutions and regulatory compliance. He has experience of advising clients on fatal incidents and corporate manslaughter cases.
"He's a leader in the field, he has a national presence and he's extremely experienced." "He has a good grasp of the big picture and provides clear and direct advice."

Sean Elson
focuses his practice on health and safety matters. He provides high-quality advice to clients on public inquiries and prosecutions relating to serious on-site incidents and manslaughter cases. He also has vast experience of providing counsel on investigations by fire authorities, HSE and police.
"He has strong acumen in relation to how he approaches the case in terms of strategic tactics and looking at the long game." "He isa consummate professional. He is also extremely good at explaining complex issues."

Legal director
Zoe Betts
is regularly called upon to advise and defend clients in prosecutions and HSE and police investigations. She has experience of providing guidance on on-site fatal incidents. Her practice includes a recent focus on representing clients in the waste industry.
"With Zoe, there is no stone left unturned - she's extraordinarily thorough." "Clients and opponents like her. She's an extremely capable solicitor in the field." "She's very competent, proactive and at the top of her game. She's innovative in that she's able to provide experience so that you can gain insight into why things are important."