It is essential to have up-to-date policies in place and to communicate them to the workforce regularly. Employees should also be encouraged to take responsibility for their own actions and working environment.
Managing health and safety risks is a never-ending challenge for many businesses.
Unsafe working practices and accidents are an everyday reality, as are interventions for breaches of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 or other safety-related regulations. Knowing what to do in the event of a breach can make an enormous difference – not just to the outcome of a potential prosecution but also to your organisation’s reputation.
Our business defence team of experienced health and safety, regulatory and criminal solicitors has extensive experience in defending organisations and individuals facing health and safety prosecutions brought by regulatory authorities – including the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), local authorities, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the Police and ORR.
In the event of enforcement action we represent our clients at PACE interviews and prepare detailed submissions on their behalf. We deliver early informed advice upon the most likely outcome of your situation
If the matter proceeds to Court we will robustly defend your interests but also deliver pragmatic advice on mitigation as and when required in order to secure the best possible outcome
We also specialise in advising businesses on how to avoid prosecution. This involves ensuring that you have the right policies and procedures in place and communicate them to the workforce regularly
We deliver training on accident reporting and on how to respond when incidents occur, as well as 24/7 support to our clients
We aim to help you to prevent health and safety related incidents/accidents and eliminate unsafe practices. If the worst-case scenario happens however, we will assess your situation quickly and efficiently, before providing robust but pragmatic advice on what to do next.
How we work with you
We understand that sometimes things go wrong, and this can have serious consequences. You need access to legal advisers who are used to working with enforcing authorities and can provide you with sound and timely advice from the start. We work with you at every stage, helping to minimise your risks and protect business continuity.
Managing health and safety risks is a never-ending challenge for many businesses. Our experienced health and safety, regulatory and criminal solicitors have extensive experience in defending organisations and individuals facing health and safety prosecutions brought by regulatory authorities