UK health and safety law is changing fast, with on-going efforts to simplify regulations. As the landscape evolves, so do the risks - the new fee for intervention scheme, stricter disclosure obligations during inquests and a growing number of prosecutions for corporate manslaughter, to name just three.
It all means that organisations and their employees need to be extra vigilant, and feel confident that if things go wrong, they have the best possible legal advice to look after their interests.
Our service begins the day the incident occurs. Our 24/7 emergency help line and UK-wide presence means our lawyers can attend an incident site within hours. We provide immediate legal advice and representation wherever required, at police, HSE and local authority interviews under caution, assisting in incident investigation, attending inquests and the courts. We handle bail applications and search warrants. And alongside our solicitor advocates, we employ an in-house barrister, so we can minimise the use of external counsel.
Many of our health and safety lawyers have a dual regulatory and civil practice. So we can offer a full legal service with a comprehensive strategy that covers all angles, from defending regulatory proceedings to managing the potential impact on potential civil claims or criminal charges. This seamless approach avoids duplication and reduces costs.
We understand how policy cover and conditions govern the extent of legal representation for regulatory proceedings. And we advise insurers, underwriters and corporate policyholders on these issues.
Whatever the regulatory and legal risks affecting our clients, our focus is constant: mitigating loss, minimising business disruption, controlling costs and protecting reputations.
Our comprehensive Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines Hub allows our customers a greater insight into the world of health and safety. With this fast moving and bold new landscape, it is more important than ever that organisations recognise the need for vigilance and management of safety at all levels. To support awareness we have also developed a Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines Tracker, which offers a valuable insight into the range of breaches and the sentences imposed since the sentencing guidelines for Health and Safety offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene offences came into force. To access the Hub and download the tracker, please click here.