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Sarah Valentine, Senior Associate

Sarah Valentine

Senior Associate

Practice notes

Sarah is a Senior Associate in our Corporate Compliance Group where she is frequently called in to advise organisations following fatal and serious workplace incidents, where urgent assistance is required in the face of Police and other regulatory authority investigations (HSE, Local Authorities, Fire Authorities, Environment Agency, CQC and the ORR).

She regularly advises directors and organisations during criminal and regulatory investigations and provides representation from PACE interviews through to conclusion or prosecution. Sarah is a Solicitor-Advocate and frequently appears in the Magistrates' Court and Coroners’ Court.

Sarah’s recent contentious safety experience includes representing an organisation in the unplanned collapse of a boiler house where there were multiple fatalities, representing a manufacturing company where an employee received life changing injuries and a retailer in a complex inquest where 2 firefighters died.

In her non-contentious work Sarah regularly advises organisations on the robustness of their safety management systems. Sarah has completed health and safety reviews for a number of global organisations including a pharmaceutical company and worldwide travel company. Sarah has recently advised a Leading Power company in the Asian Pacific, in the development of an overarching safety framework and cultural transformation exercise.

Sarah undertakes training for clients and colleagues and regularly appears as a guest speaker at safety events, including the H&S EXPO, London Health and Safety Group and IOSH. She also regularly contributes to the Safety Health Practitioner online publication and ES Sector newsletters.

Sarah is an Assistant Deputy Coroner for London Inner South. This judicial appointment compliments Sarah's existing coronial caseload as an advocate.

In 2020 Legal 500 recognised Sarah as a 'Rising Star' in Health and Safety.