Day or night, our lawyers have a track record in responding to major health and safety incidents and emergencies. We have considerable experience supporting client response teams, including those structured to reflect the emergency services' gold/silver/bronze arrangements.

From senior management and board-level strategic direction to representation and support on-site, our service aims to suit our clients' unique needs. Our specialist health and safety lawyers are able to respond quickly to all major health and safety incidents.

We also provide employee witness representation for incidents where separate independent representation is required.

We have assisted clients in a range of high-profile health and safety incidents. For example, we have provided support to clients following transport incidents and industrial explosions, as well as responses to work related fatalities and injuries.

Areas of focus

Our expertise allows us to provide immediate assistance with health and safety incidents, including support to clients on the following:

  • Co-ordination of the immediate aftermath of an incident.
  • Arranging risk assessments, implementing protective and remedial measures to ensure ongoing safety.
  • Helping to capture and/or preserve evidence.
  • Communication with the police and rescue services, regulators, investigators, insurers and wider stakeholders.

Responded to all major UK rail accidents since privatisation including Southall, Ladbroke Grove, Potters Bar and Ufton Nervet.

Providing urgent advice to a major landowner following the death of a contractor carrying out maintenance work.

Responding to support a major transport company where an employee had been arrested for gross negligence manslaughter following the death of a customer.

Mobilisation of a full team of specialist lawyers to support a major train operator following a train derailment.

Responding to an urgent request for independent employee advice and representation following a multiple fatality. This included representation for an employee arrested for gross negligence manslaughter.

Developing detailed protocols for dealing with the legal issues arising out of a major accident including coordinating advice from other European Jurisdictions.

Meet the team
Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson Partner

  • Infrastructure
  • Procurement and State Aid
  • Transport

What others say...

They have have an excellent reputation in providing robust legal support. Their tailored approach is impressive, which, combined with a strong industry knowledge and understanding of client needs, always makes them stand out from others.

Legal 500 2024

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Andrew Burnette Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Negligence
  • Banking Disputes

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