Health and Safety law
Eversheds has a global team of elite, specialist health and safety lawyers. We provide the security of complete corporate defence – whatever the circumstances. When a crisis strikes, we are there to protect a client’s business and reputation, offering round-the-clock support and guidance anywhere in the world.
The team has acted in some of the most prominent and complex cases in recent memory. These include the Buncefield explosion and fire, the Potters Bar rail crash and the Europe-wide horsemeat food fraud scandal. Each demanded the highest level of forensic investigation and robust defensive legal guidance. We work quickly with our clients to bring any emergency they may face under control, and manage each of the steps back to business-as-usual. Alongside our technical skills, we take pride in our ability to communicate clearly to our clients and their audiences in what can be extremely testing conditions.
Protecting your interests
Good health and safety governance starts well before something goes wrong. So we are trusted by many of the world’s top companies – including Centrica, Rolls Royce and Barclays Bank – to help them establish a culture of good safety practices. We advise on the development of optimal workplace strategies and the management of critical risks. And we work to ensure employees, customers and the public are given every possible protection against harm or loss. We are expert in each client’s particular compliance framework, so can help them to disseminate knowledge and understanding of the relevant laws and regulations to their staff.
In a global marketplace, with long supply chains, we are increasingly called on to advise on matters affecting our client companies across borders. Our fast-growing international coverage means we can now offer an outstanding service, both at corporate headquarters and on-the-ground.
Beyond our client work, we are leaders in the development of health and safety law. Members of the team regularly publish and lecture on a range of topics critical to business, and have recently commented on food fraud, corporate manslaughter and the treatment of residents by health and social care providers. Our annual Health and Safety Summer School at Oxford University attracts over 100 delegates, and last year welcomed the CEO of the UK’s Health and Safety Executive as a keynote speaker.
Health and safety legal podcasts
Fees for intervention podcast
Welcome to our first podcast recording with Tim Hill and Catherine Henney to discuss Health and Safety fees for intervention which have come into force from 1st October 2012.
General update podcast
In this short podcast, Paul Verrico and Catherine Henney consider some of the changes to health and safety legislation and procedure affecting UK organisations. Some of the matters described have been 'under the radar' but could have profound implications to the cost of compliance.
Corporate manslaughter podcast
In this podcast, Kevin Elliott and Paul Verrico consider the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act nearly 5 years on. A particular focus on the Lion Steel case emphasises the need for systems to be rigorously implemented across multiple sites and the potential for conflicts when Directors are charged alongside corporations.
Developments in Coroner's Inquests
In this podcast, Tim Hill and Phil Crosby consider the recent developments in Coroner’s Inquests and the role a Coroner plays.