Health and safety

Whether providing advice to help you achieve health and safety compliance or representing you when an incident has occurred and the HSE comes calling, our pragmatic, one-stop service can help. We help you to manage any situation, however traumatic, and minimise disruption to your business.

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Managing health and safety headaches

We have over 30 years’ experience helping all types of clients with their health and safety law issues.

We are used to responding urgently to clients who unexpectedly have to deal with an incident, and our team is particularly experienced in dealing with fatal and serious injury accidents.

We regularly advise clients called to attend PACE interviews. We prepare and accompany you, enabling you to cope with any difficult questioning from the authorities.

As our team is made up of experienced advocates, where required, we can appear in court on your behalf – providing continuity of service and a personal approach at what can be a difficult time.

Overall, you can take comfort from the knowledge that we will:

  • Provide thorough and balanced advice as to all your options 
  • Know exactly how you should respond to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) 
  • Take proactive action to prevent enforcement action being taken against you 
  • Help you to construct a thorough defence, if required, or present the most effective mitigation in the case of a prosecution, to minimise penalties 
  • Liaise with insurers, brokers and loss adjusters to ensure the effective collection of evidence and protection of stakeholder interests

Our health and safety lawyers

  • Our health and safety team offers two partners, two associates, two solicitors, one chartered legal executive and two paralegals.
  • Our health and safety solicitors also draw upon the expertise of more than 150 other litigation lawyers across our firm.

Our health and safety experience

We have in-depth experience of helping clients with a wide range of issues needing specialist health and safety advice. Examples include: 

  • Successfully advising a major film production company regarding an investigation by the police and the HSE following a fatal accident during filming of a blockbuster sequel (no prosecution brought against client) 
  • Representing a UK regulator and Government agency from the day one of its employees was drowned until the matter had been concluded in court (including comprehensive written responses following requests for PACE interview and very detailed mitigation) – the result was a financial penalty much lower than average
  • Providing extensive training on health and safety developments including corporate manslaughter to a London based University 
  • Representing numerous NHS organisations (including Foundation and Ambulance Trusts) being investigated for various health and safety offences following fatal and non-fatal accidents involving both patients and other members of the public
  • Assisting, from start to finish, a food production and distribution client investigated for health and safety breaches following injury sustained by an agency worker because of a forklift truck incident at its site. 
  • Successfully representing (to include court advocacy) a major commercial research and development client after employees suffered serious carbon monoxide poisoning injuries, managing to keep the case in lower court 
  • Providing urgent board level advice to corporate client following the death of a worker in premises situated on the client’s site

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Our clients

We have considerable experience working with clients across a wide range of sectors, including corporate, health, education, insurance, food and agribusiness, real estate and farming. Our clients include: 

  • The Environment Agency 
  • Marshall Aerospace and Defence 
  • West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust 
  • University of Westminster 
  • University of East Anglia 
  • A leading international film production company 
  • A major regional construction company 
  • Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust 
  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust 
  • Several landed estates in the East of England 
  • Insurers of health and safety risks

What our clients and others say about us

“Ian Mayers and Duncan Astill are highly regarded for their practical and specialist advice.” Legal 500

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