Our department regularly advises clients following large scale incidents and fatalities. As a result we have the expertise and knowledge necessary to provide you with specialist support during one of the most difficult challenges you may face.
Working on the principle of "defend early", we provide advice and support as soon as an incident has occurred. We are best known for providing practical and concise advice based on extensive experience of how regulators really work. The department is led by Richard Voke, whose experience as an HSE Inspector prior to qualifying as a lawyer underpins the team's pragmatic and targeted approach.
Our team also provides an advisory service if you are hoping to improve your compliance record, and reduce risk exposure where possible. We pride ourselves on providing practical, realistic and achievable advice.
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...
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.
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").
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