Members of Chambers specialise across the full range of health and safety law, from investigation through to enforcement and prosecution for offences including the following:
- Offences contrary to the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 where companies themselves are responsible for the deaths of employees or agents arising out of serious management failures;
- Offences of gross negligence manslaughter, contrary to the common law, where companies or individuals (primarily directors) have failed in their duty of care to the companies, employees or agents, that failure amounts to a gross breach of that duty and death results;
- Offences contrary to the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 where the employer has failed in its general duty to ensure that its employees have the benefit of a safe environment in which to work;
- Offences contrary to the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 where the employer has failed in its specific duties under various forms of subordinate legislation, such as the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999.
In addition, Members of Chambers have advised clients on issues arising out of the granting of improvement and prohibition notices and any appeals arising therefrom. Our work encompasses offending on heavy industrial premises as well as on retail and commercial premises.