Health and Safety

Our experienced team of health and safety solicitors advise across all aspects of health and safety law. From analysing risk and helping you achieve regulatory compliance to providing representation in the immediate aftermath of an incident, through the investigation process and in any enforcement action or inquest, the team have the knowledge to keep you compliant with the law. 

Key contact

Jonathan Edwards

  • Partner, Head of Insurance

My experience of preventing or mitigating the effect of a serious incident that would have significant financial and reputational impacts on a client’s business can be crucial. I also provide close support to clients faced with a potentially damaging inquiry, investigation, or prosecution, who need experienced and effective help immediately.

Expert legal provision for health and safety

Our team of health and safety solicitors provides the practical and commercial health and safety advice you need.

We work proactively with you, keeping you up-to-date on the latest health and safety legislation, as well as advising on the compliance, policy and governance actions designed to prevent and reduce the risk of future incidents.

If you need it, we can provide immediate assistance in the event of an incident, delivering the fast, focused and sensitive support that’s required in such situations. Our support continues in defending you in regulatory investigations, enforcement actions, inquests and public inquiries.

Protecting your reputation

 

We know how much damage a high-profile case can do to your reputation, so we’ll do everything we can to protect you.

We have significant experience with media management and we will put together a comprehensive plan to minimise reputational damage, in the case of an inquest.

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Wide-ranging health and safety law experience

We have relevant experience across all industry sectors including, construction, health and social care, property management, leisure and retail and education.

In all our work, we’re skilled in dealing with regulatory authorities, including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC), offering invaluable insight and intelligence at all times.

Examples of our expertise

Advising a building management company after an employee was injured carrying out electrical work on a building

Acting for an outdoor activity centre following an incident at one of its sites

Advising in the aftermath of a serious construction incident which resulted in the death of a member of the public and multiple sub-contractors suffering serious injury

Advising a metals fabricator as to its obligation to submit climate-related financial disclosures.

Advising a building services company which was served with a notice of contravention by the Health and Safety Executive

Successfully defending a personal injury claim for a race organiser sued by an injured participant

Acting for a film company in a claim brought by an injured stuntperson in a large film franchise

Advising a manufacturer in relation to its health and safety policies and procedures, including putting Crisis Management Plans in place.

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M Shepherd Client testimonial

As well as being incredibly professional and conscientious, Ruth was also incredibly kind and reassuring. This was a very difficult time for me, which had gone on for a long time.

Ruth reassured me with her knowledge of the law but was also a caring and empathetic person to be around. I honestly would not have got through it without her. Thank you so much Ruth.

Client An inquest and with insurance difficulties

As someone who practices at the Bar almost exclusively in the area of health and safety and regulatory law … I can say that Jonathan (Edwards) has a well-deserved reputation for being at the top of his professional tree.

He has a vast array of legal knowledge and also possesses considerable tactical and strategic acumen in relation to whether or not cases should be defended….

James Leonard, Barrister Outer Temple Chambers

I have worked with Jonathan Edwards as my ‘go-to’ legal specialist for over two decades. His strong technical skills backed up by an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the insurance market make him unique and he adds genuine value off the back of this. He has a calm and friendly nature, always taking time to understand us as a business and I am truly grateful for the invaluable support he has provided me over the years.

 

Jamie Lewis, Managing Director Jensten Group Ltd

I have instructed Jonathan over many years, because he quickly grasps and focuses on the key issues of an assignment, provides strong technical advice and delivers excellent outcomes. I know he is very well regarded in the insurance market. Just as importantly, he has a really positive manner that puts clients at their complete ease. He is someone I would thoroughly recommend.

Strong technical advice

Jonathan Edwards is a tremendous asset to have on your side. He combines a forensic eye for detail with astute tactical and practical advice derived from his many years of experience. His case analysis, judgment and ability to master complicated factual and technical details with ease mark him out as an outstanding lawyer. Jonathan is always approachable and calm in even the most highly pressurised situations and he adds real value to every case in which he is instructed.

Angus Withington QC Henderson Chambers

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