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Accidents at work are serious and can result in heavy fines, lost productivity and, at worst, imprisonment. From injury compensation claims to prosecution for corporate manslaughter, your organisation and management team are continually at risk. Our expert team of lawyers understands the complex and reactive nature of health and safety investigations and provides proactive risk management advice.
Our clients - large public and private sector client base.
Sector expertise – construction, manufacturing, retail, , health care providers (trusts , CCG and private care providers), local authorities, housing associations, schools and colleges.
In-depth knowledge of key legislation - analysis of the criminal and civil implications of a workplace accident.
Experienced team of nine - based in Nottingham, Birmingham and Exeter but advising nationally, combining criminal lawyers and barristers.
Proactive risk management approach - from drafting policies to review of existing health and safety procedures.
Front line telephone advice - and immediate attendance on site.
Bespoke training - seminars and bulletins on a wide range of regulatory matters, reliable support when accidents occur, commercial and pragmatic approach to claims handling and peace of mind with health and safety audits.
A 12 week public consultation was launched by the cabinet secretary for the Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, on 13 September 2016 titled ‘Local air quality and noise management in Wales’.
A new Senior Managers Regime (SMR) has been drawn up already for the banking industry and the FCA intends to build on the relevant provisions of Solvency II and implement a specific regime for insurers. Catriona Lothian talks about how the SMR will impact lawyers who work in house at financial services firms.
After speaking with specialists across our corporate team, Emma has put together this round up of key dates - bringing you the latest on the Insurance Act 2015, Persons with Significant Control Register, new sentencing guidelines, Modern Slavery Act 2015 and cyber security.
Andy Hopkin takes a look back at health and safety penalties, then looks forward to the new proposed health and safety sentencing guidelines – why it concerns you and what you should be doing to prepare for this change.
Whilst I hope we do not have to work together again in circumstances such as this, on a personal note can I please thank you for your support and guidance on this matter. From the outset your help has proven to be very professional, timely and informative.
Thank you for your help in all of this. You've been a wonderfully calming influence and have taught me a great deal about what is required in a situation like this and how to approach things. Hopefully it is a lesson learnt I won't need to put into practice again but if I ever should need to I feel much better equipped now in how to handle things smoothly and correctly.
Their personable approach made me feel important and special, and I truly believed they would do everything in their power to represent us to the highest standard.
They are strong, professional, client-focused and knowledgeable.
The team has a fully integrated national presence. This excellent team will only get stronger.
A strong firm with very strong specialists.
"Absolutely first-class" practice.
Browne Jacobson LLP’s team is led by the ‘very capable’ Andrew Hopkin, and handles prosecutions and defence work. It has a strong track record acting for public sector clients and advising on inquests, and expertise in fire safety and farming cases.
Advised in connection with a fatal farming accident - a Police and HSE investigation followed and we advised at the interview under caution attended at inquest and sent detailed written representations to HSE, avoiding a prosecution.
Representing an interested person at the new inquests into the Hillsborough Disaster.
Advising and representing a hospital trust investigated for corporate manslaughter following the death of an elderly patient shortly after her re-admission to the hospital after a fall at home. We liaised closely with the Trust and Police to assist in their investigations and the CPS determined that it was not appropriate to bring charges against the Trust or any of its individual staff members. Advising a Multi Academy Trust in a review of its health and safety policies and procedures – including the structure of health and safety management within the trust and specific reviews of health and safety policy and other key health and safety documentation.
Advising a large recycling company in connection with a fatal accident at their premises - from attending the site in the hours after the accident to dealing with the interview of the corporate body as well as attending and advising during the inquest and subsequent prosecution in the Crown Court.
The Sentencing Council have released their Definitive Guideline on the Reduction in Sentence for a Guilty Plea, which sets out the approach to be taken by the courts.
A “needless and avoidable accident in which those injured were fortunate not to have been killed” said the judge before imposing a fine of £5million upon Merlin Attractions.
The impact of the new sentencing guidelines for Heath and safety offences is being felt across all sectors.
Balfour Beatty was fined £2.6 million in May 2016 following a fatal accident in April 2010. In its half year results statement the construction giant has announced that it has reassessed its potential liabilities.
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