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Claire Watson, Associate

Claire Watson

Associate

Practice areas

  • Consumer
  • Environment
  • Litigation and dispute management

Practice notes

Claire Watson is an Associate in the Environment, Health and Safety team, with experience in corporate criminal defence and non-contentious compliance advice.

She has experience representing corporate clients in both the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court, as well as advising properly interested persons at inquests following fatalities in the workplace. Having worked on a number of contentious cases, Claire has represented corporate clients in criminal cases involving Health and Safety legislation breaches, including instances which resulted in fatalities or near misses, and Environmental legislation breaches.

She provides advice across a range of sectors, including consumer, energy and infrastructure and transport. Claire provides regulatory compliance advice to clients on a range of matters, such as fire safety, workplace requirements, driving for work and product labelling.

Her recent experience includes assisting with post-incident response in the immediate aftermath of a workplace accident (including initial investigation work and supporting throughout enforcement action), advising clients on COVID-19 secure measures in the workplace, advising manufacturers on product labelling, advising corporate companies on their driving for work policies and undertaking in-depth compliance reviews in relation to matters such as dust management and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. She also advises a utility company on prosecutions brought by local authorities in relation to the provision of safety measurements during street works and reinstatement.

Claire acts as a Legal Adviser to a professional conduct panel, advising the panel on questions of mixed law and fact and matters of practice and procedure. Other projects includes work on high profile public inquiries, representing core participants.