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Stephanie McGarry

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Stephanie McGarry


About Stephanie

Stephanie specialises in health and safety and regulatory law with a particular focus on the issues affecting the education sector including higher and further education institutions. Stephanie advises on policy drafting ranging from consumer protection to mental health and wellbeing. She reviews policy documents for clients and provides training which includes horizon scanning for emerging issues such as the increased regulatory focus on workplace stress, suicide prevention and mental health awareness. She advises and assists in relation to police, fire authority, health and safety and coronial investigations and the safeguarding process which often runs alongside such investigations. She is also familiar with issues affecting large portfolios of commercial buildings and residential premises and has produced bespoke databases for clients to assist them in managing their regulatory responsibilities as landlords, tenants and building owners. Her breadth of knowledge across the regulatory field makes her an invaluable source of expertise for education clients.

Stephanie regularly represents public bodies as well as corporate clients and advises in relation to the strength of evidence and liability risks both from a prosecution and defence perspective.

She has a particular specialism in dealing with large scale, complex health and safety and corporate manslaughter investigations as well as public inquiries. She is currently involved in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry and the COVID-19 Public Inquiry. She has advised in respect of numerous fatal and non-fatal accident criminal investigations in connection with a variety of industries. This includes deaths on construction sites, agricultural sites, in educational settings and in NHS and local authority premises.

She assists clients with disclosure exercises and witness interviews for the purposes of coroner’s inquiries and police / regulatory investigations and regularly appears before coroners and magistrates. She frequently attends interviews under caution with the Health & Safety Executive and the police.

Within the last two years, Stephanie has advised many universities on COVID-19 including issues around use of PPE, vaccinations, ventilation and reputational issues and the need to collaborate with local authorities and local public health officials. She was involved in the health and safety aspects of a virtual roundtable masterclass for members of Universities HR (UHR) on COVID-19 related HR issues. Stephanie has recently advised a university client in relation to a HSE investigation into occupational asthma.

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