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Health & Safety

Top ranked by the UK legal directories, we are the leading Health and Safety team operating across all UK jurisdictions. Our clients are drawn from all sectors - reflecting the very broad reach of Health & Safety criminal regulation.

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With particular experience in high hazard industries including construction, manufacturing and energy, we have refined a “toolkit” of tried and tested measures that can support you before an accident has taken place. Our focus on preventative measures distinguishes us from our competitors.

The legal landscape is changing with higher fines for health and safety offences being specifically linked to a company’s turnover. Effective preventative and post-incident response have never been more important and we harness the full extent of Pinsent Masons’ experience to improve risk management and deal with regulatory investigations and prosecutions.

We are leaders in dealing with health and safety incidents, as borne out by our involvement in some of the most important cases in H&S law. 

We are proud to have close connections with the likes of the British Safety Council (BSC) and the Chartered Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Our Head of Health and Safety Kevin Bridges is a Chartered member, former Vice-President and currently a Council Member of IOSH. Many of the team are actively involved with IOSH branches and we frequently deliver legal updates at network events. 

Recent experience includes advising on the aftermath of fatal and non-fatal accidents, including inquests and defending prosecutions, following:

  • Falls from height
  • Contact with machinery
  • Contact with moving vehicles
  • Being struck by falling objects
  • Railway incidents

We are available to our clients 24 hours a day 365 days a year, often attending incidents at short notice. Other risk advisory services provided by the H&S team include:

  •  Corporate manslaughter and manslaughter by gross negligence
  • Regulatory risk management consultancy and training
  • Machinery / equipment safety and construction products
  • Inquests, fatal accident inquiries and death in custody
  • Fire safety 
  • Healthcare and quality
  • Transport law
  • Offshore and maritime investigations
  • Sports stadia and event safety
  • Modern slavery 

Our people

Kevin Bridges is the firm’s Head of Health and Safety. Kevin is dual qualified as a solicitor and a chartered safety and health practitioner.

Legal 500 ranks Kevin as a Leading Individual in the field of health and safety law, saying:“Kevin Bridges’ health and safety knowledge is second to none, he brings that vital focus and critical analysis to a case, as to what is important and what is not”. He is ‘an incisive tactician with a first-rate knowledge and client-care skills that are second to none’. 

Laura Cameron is the firm's Head of Risk Advisory Services and is recognised as a leading lawyer in the field of health and safety.  She is rated as a Star Individual by Chambers 2015 2017 and is described as “a top-quality health and safety practitioner. She is regularly instructed to defend clients in complex investigations and prosecutions”. Laura is named as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500.

As well as providing advice on all areas of health and safety law we provide training and seminars for many clients.

View a list of recent cases.