Health and safety law
3PB offers considerable exceptional expertise in health and safety law, advising and handling both criminal and civil cases including taking them to appeal where appropriate. We assist clients with the interpretation of relevant legislation and have extensive experience of multi-party litigations and group actions.
3PB’s excellent team is respected for the high quality of its regulatory barristers at silk and junior levels. Its leading practitioners – for example Michael Vere-Hodge QC, Tom Horder, Nick Cotter, David Richards and Sunyana Sharma – have significant expertise in complex health and safety, including those concerning fatalities and gross negligence/corporate manslaughter and where substantial fines and imprisonment are involved. The team’s barristers advise and represent clients in all manner of cases ranging from the minor regulatory breaches typically dealt with by magistrates to these larger, more serious and complex matters in the Crown Court and High Courts, often concerning workplace accidents, fire safety and exposure risks. 3PB barristers are also highly experienced in representing parties in coroners' inquests into fatal accidents.
Members are regularly sought out to prosecute for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities as well as to defend individuals, regulatory bodies, local authorities and major businesses. The team have been instructed in some of the leading recent cases and also provide advice on policy issues to companies, local authorities and other public bodies. Many combine their health and safety law practices with other specialisms and so are able to offer a wide range of expertise and experience to both private and public institutions.
The team draws upon the specialist knowledge and experience that its members have built up throughout this regulatory specialism. The team has strength in depth. We are able to assist where cases are complex and high profile - calling for the instruction of leading counsel or an experienced senior junior or where the demands of the case are met by the instruction of an up and coming junior with ability and interest in the field. Excellent trial advocacy, attention to detail, great preparation and expert technical knowledge can be relied upon from its barristers.
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Legal 500 2020
Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing: Members of 3PB are particularly experienced in health and safety cases, receiving both prosecution and defence instructions. Notable areas of specialism include maritime prosecutions and care home deaths, where David Richards and Nicholas Cotter are the key names to note respectively. Notable recent cases include Richards' prosecution of a yacht operator for the gross negligence manslaughter of four sailors lost at sea, and Cotter's defence of a care home after three patients died; the home was accused of negligent care following injuries sustained by the deceased upon falling out of a window.
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