Health & Safety Barristers
Barristers at 25 Bedford Row have extensive experience in health and safety law encompassing all aspects of contentious and non-contentious regulatory work. We offer advisory work relating to risk management, health and safety policies and due diligence, as well as the highest level of defence representation for regulatory proceedings and prosecutions. We regularly appear at inquests and public inquiries.
All UK businesses and organisations have a legal duty to comply with health and safety regulations and legislation. There can be very serious penalties for failing in this duty, as well as the potential for serious harm to your reputation. It is therefore essential to have the right legal advice to avoid regulatory issues and ensure the best available outcome where regulatory or criminal proceedings have been initiated.
Regulation has placed an increasingly difficult burden on businesses, which will continue in the coming years. There has been a marked change in the court’s approach to sentencing following guidelines, which came into force in February 2016, which now means that the stakes are higher than ever.
Our barristers have handled criminal prosecutions related to some of the most complex and serious health and safety matters, including:
- Corporate manslaughter
- Gross negligence manslaughter
- Work-related deaths.
- Non-fatal accidents (falls, mechanical injuries, poisoning etc.)
We act for employers, companies, directors and other individuals in respect of cases brought under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and related regulations and legislation.
25 Bedford Row is considered a leading set for Business and Regulatory Crime (including Global Investigations) being ranked as leaders by the client guide the Legal 500.
We work with many leading law firms in this area , additionally some of 25 Bedford Row defence specialist members also have the direct access accreditation, meaning they can take instructions directly from the public where required.
For advice on any aspect of UK health and safety regulation and compliance, please call the clerks on 020 7067 1500 or use the contact form on the right and we will respond promptly.
Our health & safety legislation advice services:
Health and Safety experts at 25 Bedford Row can offer proactive advice and guidance to help your organisation ensure regulatory compliance and to minimise any negative consequences where a breach or suspected breach of the health and safety rules has occurred.
Representation for health & safety regulatory and criminal proceedings:
If you are the subject of an investigation, regulatory or criminal proceedings, or need advice about HSE's Fee for Intervention, our barristers can offer experienced, pragmatic advice and representation. In some cases, we can may be able to agree an out-of-court resolution. Whichever the best course of representation, we will be doing our best to secure lesser penalties on our client’s behalf.
Why should I use 25 Bedford Row for legal advice on health & safety regulations?
Specialist defence barristers have decades of experience advising and representing a wide range of businesses and organisations as well as individuals in relation to all aspects of health & safety regulations and investigations . We are well placed to successfully navigate the most complex issues in prosecutions related to the Health & Safety at Work Act, including both by the local authority and Health & Safety Executive (HSE) prosecutions.
We are noted by the Legal 500 for being “approachable, professional and reliable” and for our “genuine depth in numbers, expertise and legal talent”. 25 Bedford Row has also been praised by Chambers & Partners for our “client focused, high quality service” and our “reputation for excellence”.
Health & safety regulation & compliance training
We can assist with identify areas where health and safety regulations affect your business and offer information and training to help you put in place effective processes to ensure full regulatory compliance.
Health & safety compliance audits
In terms of prevention barristers at 25 Bedford Row can offer a full range of advisory services,we can carry out health and safety compliance audits for legal risk management purposes, helping to identify any potential regulatory issues and advising you on the steps you can take to effectively address them.
Health & safety compliance reviews following a breach
If you have reason to believe your organisation has breached health and safety regulations, we can carry out a compliance review to investigate and identify if a breach has occurred and how this happened.
If a breach has occurred, self-reporting to your local authority, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) or other relevant body can allow you to avoid prosecution and result in significantly less serious penalties. In many cases, you may simply be required to pay a fine or avoid operating in certain areas for a fixed period.
Our health and safety barristers include members of the following bodies:
- Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
- United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA)
- Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)
Contact us about health & safety compliance & regulatory proceedings
For expert advice and representation in all matters related to health & safety regulations & compliance issues, please call 020 7067 1500 or use the contact form below and we will respond promptly.
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