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Health and Safety

Safety issues present an ongoing compliance challenge for all business sectors. The moral consequences of getting these areas wrong inevitably damage reputation and market value while increasing exposure to fines and litigation. Regulators continue to place new and more stringent demands upon businesses to meet enhanced standards.

We have a global team of dedicated lawyers committed to providing the security of a complete corporate defence – whatever the circumstances. We proactively advise on best practices for risk management and process safety systems and compliance with health and safety regulations. When crisis strikes, we help protect your business and reputation by offering round-the-clock support and guidance around the world to get you get back to business as soon as possible. Following crises, our team helps navigate government investigations, media inquiries, internal investigations, and resulting litigation. Proactively, we can work with you to learn lessons and ensure your management systems and procedures are both appropriate and robust. We also work closely with our colleagues in other teams, in particular environment where the legal requirements often overlap.

Our team is trusted by many of the world’s top companies to help them establish a culture of excellent environment and safety practice. We focus on the strategic importance of strong governance as well as compliance through clear workplace strategies, the successful management of critical risks and a demanding regulatory framework.

Our practice is supported by market leading training and tools to help organisations identify and manage risks themselves.

Experienced health and safety lawyers

Our market leading team provides risk management, compliance, investigation support and crisis response across all health and safety matters, inquests and investigations, food safety and environmental issues. We embrace an interdisciplinary approach and leverage the firm’s broad-based experience and global footprint to deliver business orientated results.

We draw on our experience of managing serious incidents and hazards to help you understand the risks you face, adopt a comprehensive and practical strategy for addressing these risks, and communicate key messages across your business to protect people and reputations. All such advice is legally privileged.

We have advised on some of the most prominent and complex cases including, the Potter’s Bar rail crash and the largest environmental case in the United States.

Our Environmental, health and safety experience includes:

  • Served as lead counsel in the BP oil spill litigation and guided the drilling contractor through crisis management and regulatory issues.
  • Representing a large fuel terminal and asphalt manufacturing company as lead litigation counsel in historic PCB contamination issues under CERCLA and RCR
  • Represented a large fuel terminal on all aspects of Clean Air Act Title V permitting, compliance and enforcement
  • Advising a global diversified industry company involved in two fatal incidents in UK. Our six week review programme of practices and procedures discharged the HSE notice and provided the non-UK board with a road map towards compliance.
  • After a serious safety incident a US-based organisation with a significant UK manufacturing footprint we were instructed to perform a review of every location and produce a comprehensive action plan to help our client reduce the likelihood of such incidents occurring again.

Contact our health and safety law team

Contact our market leading lawyers to understand how we can help prepare you to manage all facets of a crisis before the crisis occurs.

Contact us

Tim Hill, Partner

Paul Verrico, Partner

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