Our team provides a full advisory and defence service whether you are a large corporation, small business, individual director or senior manager.
We offer a quality and pragmatic service, with experience of highly regulated industries including construction, manufacturing, agriculture, transport and logistics, waste and food businesses.
We offer comprehensive legal risk and liability assessments in relation to Health & Safety, Environment and Food Safety and defend prosecutions brought by the Health & Safety Executive, Environment Agency, Food Standards Agency, Trading Standards and Local Authorities.
We represent a number of local authorities and public utility companies in both a defence and prosecution role.
Our team provides expertise in relation to DVSA and wider Licensing issues, including assistance with Traffic Commissioner investigations and enquiries.
We provide representation and assistance through complex, multi-party inquests for companies, individuals and the family of the deceased, including inquests involving Article 2 of the Human Rights Act.
Directors' Disqualification - A Growing Threat
Directors' disqualification is nothing new - the current legislation (the Company Directors Disqualification Act) dates back to 1986. However, there are an ever increasing number of corporate offences that can rest with a director personally, which in turn raises the spectre of being disqualified.
Health and Safety Sentencing
Companies and individuals can now expect larger fines and longer prison sentences for breaches of health and safety law. Larger companies in particular risk multi-million pound penalties for the most serious breaches of health and safety law. Directors and safety managers must take note of the reforms, and consider what effect such fines would have on their business if they were to be...
We can support you with your risk assessments, training, building design/ regulations, log book, exit capacity calculations, emergency plans, evacuation procedures, HMO inspections, designing fire safety engineered solutions, plan drawings and fire safety reports on a wide range of premises.
Waste and Recycling Industry - The HSE's New Target for Unannounced Inspections
Last year there were 14 fatalities in the waste and recycling industry and 8 fatalities in 2015/16. The fatality rate in the waste and recycling industry was around 10 times the average across all industries in the 5 years leading up to March 2016.
Reporting work-related injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences: how to avoid a criminal offence
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 ("RIDDOR") require employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises to formally report certain work related accidents to the Health and Safety Executive ("HSE").
Relevant ExperienceAll relevant experience
- New guide to improve consumer product safety recalls
- Fire Safety in Schools
- Licensing Reviews: practice and procedure
- Ashfords In-house Legal Bulletin - March 2018
- Corporate criminal enforcement: a continuing trend?
- The Rolls Royce Deferred Prosecution Agreement - implications for corporations
- Drink Driving
- Improving disclosure in the criminal justice system
- The DVSA: increased powers to issue on the spot fines
- Supply Chain Process