Health and safety

“Has a strong reputation among clients in the private and public sectors.”

Legal 500 2017
Blake Morgan's team of specialist lawyers are experts in compliance and management of health and safety issues, emergency planning and representing clients under investigation or prosecution. 

Main areas of practice 

Our experienced health and safety solicitors have an acknowledged reputation for advice to clients in both the private and public sectors across a range of industries that include a wide range of well-known national and multi-national businesses. In addition to providing advice and representation following a health and safety related incident we also:

  • provide legal support to in-house technical teams
  • advise on the legal and operational implications of the whole range of health and safety legislation
  • advise on  the interaction of health and safety responsibilities between different organisations sharing the same site or project
  • conduct high level reviews of health and safety systems
  • compile and review legal risk registers
  • advise on the operation of the law relating to legal privilege
  • provide a 24 hour Critical Incident Response service for our clients
  • run a programme of workshops and seminars on various topics such as management of health and safety, directing safely, corporate manslaughter and crisis management.

Clients

The Blake Morgan health and safety experts provide advice to large and small organisations within a range of sectors including retail and leisure, health and social care, manufacturing and construction. Please see the the full range in the Related Expertise section below.

Significant experience 

Examples of how we have helped businesses comply with and manage their health and safety issues include:

  • representing  a civil engineering company in relation to the Joint Investigation undertaken by Police and HSE following the death of their employee at work including representation during interviews under caution, advice and support throughout the course of the prosecution brought against their employee for gross negligence manslaughter and representation in the subsequent HSE prosecution including a successful application to the Crown Court for the HSE prosecution to be stayed for abuse of process;
  • representing a company in respect of a fatality caused by unsafe methods of working at height, from the Joint Investigation by the Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), to the inquest and the subsequent HSE prosecution
  • acting for a lift installation company following a serious head injury suffered by an employee whilst working at the bottom of a lift shaft on a CDM site, including representation throughout the Joint Investigation by Police and the Health and Safety Executive and the subsequent prosecution in the Crown Court
  • providing a programme of health and safety training for a Local Authority to include bespoke sessions for Head Teachers and Governors
  • providing a 24 hour critical response service for a Higher Education Institution.
  • advising an outdoor activities centre in connection with a local authority investigation into an incident involving aerial equipment
  • advising a national health club business with regard to the provisions of HSG179 'Health and Safety in Swimming Pools'
  • advising a tennis club in connection with a police investigation into a fatality arising during a coaching session

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