Rhian Gravell



Rhian is a solicitor in the Business Risk & Regulation team.

Working closely with Partner and Head of Department, Ian Manners, Rhian’s main areas of practice relate to Health and Safety and Environmental regulation.

Rhian also has ad-hoc experience in assisting in regulatory matters concerning data protection, product safety and healthcare.

In her practice, Rhian assists with advising a broad range of clients in highly regulated sectors. This work involves supporting clients with inquests, public inquiries and environmental risk management.

Rhian also has experience in assisting in investigations and prosecutions, crisis management and complex regulatory compliance issues, including regulatory crime. 

In addition, Rhian regularly collaborates with the commercial and corporate teams, providing regulatory and litigation due diligence advice in large-scale mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining Ashfords LLP, Rhian worked in-house as a Clinical Negligence Paralegal for the NHS, in which she assisted in the progression and settlement of various high-value and complex medical claims.

Relevant experience

Inquests and Inquiries

  • Assisting with advising a scout leader at an inquest concerning 3 scout leaders, following the death of a scout in August 2018 in the Great Orme in North Wales.

Health and Safety

  • Assisting with written submissions to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on behalf of a Farm’s company director and other employees, following an investigation brought by the HSE regarding the fatality of a farmer.
  • Assisting with successful written submissions to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on behalf of an NHS Trust, following an investigation brought by CQC regarding a serious incident on Trust Estate.  


  • Assisting the defence in a prosecution brought by the Environment Agency against a dairy farm for alleged offences under the:
    • Environmental Protection Act 1990;
    • Water Resources (Control of Pollution) (Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil) (England) Regulations 2010; and
    • Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016.


  • Providing written representations to YouTube to seek the removal of drone footage in line with Data Protection legislation and regulations in place relating to the operation of drones. Such footage was taken by a member of the public of employees on the client’s premises, without obtaining their permission.

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