...On Peter James
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, Peter James.
What does your role at BLM involve?
I have recently joined BLM as a partner and I head up the Safety, Health and Environment Team in London. I provide assistance and representation to organisations and individuals investigated and prosecuted for gross negligence manslaughter, corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences following accidents to employees or members of the public. I also assist clients with investigations following fatal and serious accidents and regularly represent organisations and individuals at inquests.
Who is your clientele and what do you advise them in relation to?
I represent businesses from a wide range of industries including construction, waste management, agriculture, health and social care, road haulage and logistics, leisure and retail and higher education. I also advise and represent individuals from directors and senior managers to those on the shop floor.
What is the best thing about your job?
This area of law is developing rapidly, with new challenges arising all the time. The team deals with a huge variety of incidents and I have recently investigated fatal accidents to employees and the public involving cows, plants and a polystyrene compactor. The instructions received allow the team to get to know businesses in great detail and work closely with directors and senior managers. We are frequently instructed in the immediate aftermath of an accident and advise clients and insureds on dealings with the Police, Regulators and these press.
There is rarely a dull moment!
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Focused, responsive and pragmatic.