David Rainey


  • I qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and am now a partner in BLM’s regulatory team.
  • My work involves representing a wide range of public body, corporate and individual clients, specialising in high profile inquests, police and regulatory prosecutions following health and safety incidents and deaths at work 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 provide clear, concise advice and have developed strong working relationships with every client, whether individual, public sector or corporate.
  • Aside from representation, I also advise on a range of clients and health & safety focus groups on how to respond to regulatory investigations and the key changes in this area of law.
  • I also provide training, including mock trials and information to large organisations and local authorities and their employees on inquest procedures.
  • I am recognised as a Next Generation Partner in Legal 500 2021.

Significant reported cases

  • Inquest into the death of Ashton Williams [2019] - advising Thames Valley Police in connection with a complex Article 2 inquest following the death of a suspect during a police pursuit
  • Inquest into the death of J Kainth [ongoing] – advising GEOAmey following the self-strangulation of a prisoner
  • Inquest into the death of Greg Roult - representation of Thomas Cook following the death of a disabled hotel guest in a hotel pool.
  • Inquest into the deaths of Mr and Mrs Cooper – representation of Thomas Cook.
  • R (HSE) v The Mersey Docks and Harbour Company Limited [2019] – representation of part of the Peel Holdings Group following serious incident at the Port of Liverpool
  • R (HSE) v Redrow Homes Ltd, Liverpool Crown Court, T2016 0048 [2017]
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council v Flipout World Chester [ongoing] – representation of the operator of a trampoline park under investigation following a series of incidents on a Tower Jump activity
  • 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


David Rainey is a safe pair of hands; knowledgeable and dynamic, he takes you through the process with ease.

Legal 500 2021

David Rainey has superb judgement, prepares cases fully and is a pleasure to work with; his comments are spot on and inevitably lead to excellent results for the client. In fact, his work is so good it often leaves little for counsel to do other than present it.

Legal 500 2021

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