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Chambers & Partners

Health, Safety & Environmental Law

Old Square Chambers SHE (Safety, Health & Environment) Team has consistently been recognised as one of the leading group of specialists at the Bar. Chambers can offer expertise in a broad range of fields at all levels of call and are home to well-established and sought-after practitioners.

Our Environment Group represented the families in the Corby Litigation [2009] EWHC 1944 (TCC) and has consistently been recognised as a specialist environmental set in the legal directories. The team undertakes all aspects of work in this field including prosecution and defence work in the criminal courts, statutory appeals, scientifically complex nuisance and personal injury claims, major group litigation and judicial reviews. Members have extensive experience of dealing with experts in technically complicated cases and of managing group litigation.

Our Health & Safety Group have been involved in the full range of health & safety law, from appeals against improvement and prohibition notices through to prosecutions of individuals for gross negligence manslaughter and prosecutions under the HSWA arising out of fatal and non-fatal accidents. Operating throughout England and Wales, Chambers has extensive experience in diverse sectors including construction, transport, farming, quarrying, leisure and healthcare. Our cases range from public inquiries to Crown and Magistrates’ Court prosecutions by the Health & Safety Executive and local authorities. Our traditional areas of strength include cases in the rail transport sector as well as industrial disease and leisure accidents.

Civil Litigation

Criminal Litigation - Health & Safety

Criminal Litigation - Environment

Within our Health and Safety Group there is a specialist Regulatory Team with particular experience of defending regulatory prosecutions within this sector.

We are home to a number of highly-regarded practitioners in this area and have been involved in many of the cases surrounding major disasters in recent years, especially in the transport sector.

Our experienced practitioners receive instructions in a wide range of Health & Safety cases from obtaining a jury acquittal of a fairground owner in relation to the death of one of his employees to prosecuting a hotel chain for the death, by drowning, of a customer in their hotel pool. We have also advised with regard to policy decisions by a local authority in relation to prohibition notices and potential prosecutions relating to the operation of public swimming pools and defended a local authority after the death of one of their agency workers.

    Key contacts

    William Meade

    Senior Clerk
    William Meade 020 7269 0360 Email

    Graham Smith

    Deputy Senior Clerk
    Graham Smith 020 7269 0357 Email
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    William Meade (Senior Clerk)

    07970 649 755

    or

    Graham Smith (Deputy Senior Clerk)

    07795 023 532