...On Sally Hancock
Each quarter we will focus on a member of the team, what their expertise is and how they can help, so you get to know a little more about them. Our thrid team member to be in the spotlight is partner, Sally Hancock.
What does your role at BLM involve?
I provide assistance and representation to organisations and individuals facing investigation and prosecution by the police, health and safety executive and other authorities in the criminal courts. The nature of the work also means that I regularly represent organisations and individuals at inquests.
I frequently deliver presentations on health and safety topics including crisis management, corporate and gross negligence manslaughter, sentencing guidelines and inquests.
Who is your clientele and what do you advise them in relation to?
My clients are organisations and individuals from the corporate and public sectors across a broad range of industries including construction, agriculture, health and social care, road haulage and logistics, leisure and retail.
I provide advice in relation to all aspects of a regulatory investigation, including police investigations into corporate and gross negligence manslaughter, HSE/fire service/CQC investigations into breaches of health and safety legislation and police/DVSA investigaations into serious driving incidents. That advice encompasses support and guidance in relation to responding to a serious incident, managing contact with the enforcement authorities, interviews under caution and advising all the way through to a trial. Many of the matters I deal with involve reputation management issues and so managing the media and issuing press statements where necessary will often form part of my advice.
What is the best thing about your job?
This is an ever growing area of law and, although it is a bit of a cliché, no two cases are the same so the variety of cases we deal with really does make this job interesting. There is also the opportunity to establish strong relationships and work closely with clients to protect their position in what are very difficult circumstances for them, which can be very rewarding. It’s a just a shame that our clients never want to see us again once a case has finished, although we know not to take that personally!
How would you describe yourself in three words?
A calming influence.