Health & Safety

Good practical advice

Legal 500 2015

This is a highly professional team led by Andrew Oldland QC. The resources at their disposal equip them to handle the most challenging or complex cases.

Legal 500 2022

Our Health and Safety Solicitors advises and acts for corporate clients, private clients, and public authorities facing investigation and prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive, and their respective insurers.

As a Legal 500 Leading Individual and member of the Attorney-General’s ‘A panel’, Andrew Oldland QC was instructed by the HSE to advise and prosecute in some of its most serious and difficult cases. We offer continuity of representation throughout the legal process and our in-depth knowledge of acting for the HSE enables our team to advise clients from the outset of the early steps that they need to take to minimise the risk of prosecution, and if there is a prosecution, its likely outcome.

Certain industry areas are considered to be particularly high risk. HSE statistics show that the construction and agricultural industries have some of the worst fatal accident records of any major employment sectors. Through working closely with our dedicated and experienced Construction and Agricultural and Rural Business Teams we are able to provide industry-tailored advice to clients in relation to investigations and prosecutions arising from such incidents.

We advise on all aspects of health and safety legislation including compliance, and appeals against improvement and prohibition notices.

Recent experience

Advising and representing Clinton Devon Estates in its successful defence of corporate manslaughter and other charges before the Exeter Crown Court.

Advising two of the UK’s largest South West based fishing fleets on fishing quotas, potential licence breaches and safety at sea.

Advising many employers in respect of investigations relating to alleged health & safety breaches arising from fatalities in the work place

Advising and successfully representing a major quarry company facing prosecution by the Environment Agency relating to allegations of polluting the River Tamar

Advising the Duchy of Cornwall in respect of a harbour revision order and other marine matters.

Acting for the Wellcome Trust its acquisition of Premier Marinas.

Advising company directors on complex requirements under the Companies Acts

Advising international organisations in respect of complex anti-money laundering and sanctions issues.

Advising in relation to Judicial Review proceedings against DEFRA concerning fisheries quota allocations.