David Rainey


  • I am a partner in BLM’s regulatory team, my work involves representing a wide range of public body, corporate and individual clients, specialising in police and regulatory prosecutions following health and safety incidents and deaths at work, inquests and serious motoring offences.
  • I have experience in representing defendants at police and HSE interviews under caution and provide a rapid response service for clients faced with on-site health and safety emergencies as well as police, HSE and local authority site inspections.
  • With a keen eye for detail, I undertake thorough investigations on behalf of my clients and carry out my own advocacy in both the Magistrates and Coroner’s courts.
  • I incorporate the important issues of media attention, public relations and commercial implications into my global advice to clients. 
  • I understand I have a reputation of providing clear, concise advice and have developed strong working relationship with every client, whether individual, public sector or corporate.
  • Aside from representation, I also advise on a range of customers and health & safety focus groups on how to respond to regulatory investigations and the key changes in this area of law.
  • I also regularly provide training, including mock trials and information to local authorities and their employees on inquest procedures.

Significant reported cases

  • Cheshire West and Chester Council v Flipout World Chester, [ongoing]
  • Inquest into the death of Greg Roult [ongoing],- representation of Thomas Cook
  • R (HSE) v Redrow Homes Ltd, Liverpool Crown Court, T2016 0048 [2017]
  • Inquest into the death of Ashley Talbot, Aberdare Coroner’s Court, [2017] – representation of driver
  • Inquest into the death of five members of the Cockburn Family, Grimsby Coroner’s Court, [2016]- representation of North East Lincolnshire Council
  • R v Black, Sheffield Crown Court, T20141277 [2015]
  • Inquest into the death of David Cox, Chesterfield Coroner’s Court, [2014] – representation of the Peak District National Park Authority
  • R v Brooks, Liverpool Crown Court, T20121016 [2013]


  • The Health and Safety Lawyer Association

Contact Details

+44 161 838 6948


Very sensitive to clients' needs and very knowledgeable.

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