0370 270 6000

Health and safety in schools and academies

litigation-accident-report-form

Our team understands the increasingly complex nature of health and safety advice, regulations, investigations and prosecutions, and aims to work closely with you, as an education provider, to provide you with reliable advice and support.

Our proactive risk management advice includes issues surrounding the new corporate manslaughter legislation and other specific health & safety risks. As well as non-fatal investigations we also advise on fatal accident and Health & Safety Executive investigations including corporate manslaughter investigations incorporating advice upon investigative process, interview under caution, inquests and prosecution. We advise on fatal accident cases including deaths upon school premises and local authority premises as well as issues arising from a wide range of risks including workplace transport, maintenance of equipment and property, and Legionella.

We are experts in defending regulatory prosecutions, advising on complex regulations and managing police investigations which includes advising on police powers generally. We also represent clients during investigation, attendance at inquests and in connection with any subsequent prosecution.

What the directories say...

Related resources

Blogs

Insights from the DfE on pandemic recovery and major policies

On 21 September 2022, we had the pleasure of hosting a Whitehall & Industry Group (WIG) lunchtime briefing, delivered by the Director General for the DfE’s Strategy Group, Julia Kinniburgh.

View

Blogs

HSE inspection of asbestos in schools

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have announced they will be carrying out a programme of inspections to primary and secondary school establishments from September 2022. The inspections will assess how schools are managing the risks from asbestos and meeting the Duty to Manage requirements, set out in Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

View

Legal updates

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022: updated Governor and Trustee training requirement

The two biggest changes in the new safeguarding guidance revolve around sourcing high quality governor and trustee training and the new requirement to carry out online searches for shortlisted candidates.

View

Legal updates

Health and safety successes at trial highlighting need for engaging staff compliance training

Our insurance litigation specialists have recently successfully defended claims brought against two schools for alleged health and safety failings.

View

Related opinions