3PB Direct

Health and safety is a complex topic and is an issue that affects all businesses from sole traders to multinational companies. There are numerous categories within health and safety itself, including general health and safety duties, construction management, corporate manslaughter and homicide, gross negligence, working at height, gas safety, fire safety and many other areas. If a breach of health and safety laws occur there can be large fines imposed for what you may perceive as a minor offence. It is therefore vital for all businesses to contact well-experienced and knowledgeable barristers if a case against their company ever arose.

Our barristers can advise your business facing litigation across all aspects of health and safety law, from policy developments to representation during regulatory and manslaughter investigations. We understand that you need a clear and effective response, often in urgent circumstances. We assist SMEs from many sectors (including construction, land and property owners, energy businesses and high-hazard and COMAH industries) as well as larger FTSE 100 businesses when you are investigated and prosecuted by local authorities, safety regulators (including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Office of Road and Rail (ORR) and Maritime and Coastal Agency (MCA)), police or fire services.

We have the depth of experience and the resources required to provide immediate assistance following an incident at your factory or on your land. With increasing financial exposure for organisations convicted of health and safety breaches, having the right advice from the outset can be critical. You need barristers with the proven expertise in UK and EU safety frameworks, used to advising on investigations; improvement and prohibition notices; prosecutions including corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter; and related civil claims. We also routinely represent businesses and their staff at inquests and inquiries to protect their interests.

The 3PB Health and Safety team forms part of our wider Public and Regulatory and Crime Groups which advise SMEs on business crime matters (including fraud and white collar crime), professional discipline, trading standards, environment and tax issues.

Our expertise includes the following:

  • Regulatory action and investigations
  • Compliance, policy and governance
  • Court representation and advocacy
  • Incident and emergency response support
  • Inquests and inquiries.

Health & Safety Barristers

For help and advice please contact Health & Safety Barristers on +44 (0)3333 231 586 or email us.

Frequently asked questions

You must have a written Health and Safety Policy if you employ five persons or more. This is in total, so includes those employed part-time. H&S policies and procedures take time to put in place – they’re not just pieces of paper, they should reflect the practices within your organisation that keep everyone safe. This […]

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It is vital that any organisation has the correct health and safety policies in place to protect from a health and safety breach. We can provide the following services: Provision of ad hoc or regular updating advice as to the sufficiency of health and safety documentation; Advice on the applicability of new law to your […]

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This will have a detrimental effect on your business. Our lawyers have a wealth of experience in health and safety law matters. We are well practised in ensuring that businesses and individuals are properly defended from all of the potential threats of a health and safety breach. We can provide the following services:  Investigation support […]

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There are two levels of risk assessment: Risk assessment arising from considering ALL of your activities and associated hazards (General Risk Assessments), and Risk assessment in response to well-known hazards and specific legislation (Specific Risk Assessments eg Display Screen Equipment assessments, Manual Handling assessments etc).

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The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, which came into force on 6 April 2008, means that companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a consequence of significant management failures resulting in a gross breach of a duty of care. If your organisation has been accused of corporate manslaughter it […]

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The main concern will be the protection of workers’ lungs from asbestos, silica and wood dust, to prevent respiratory risks and occupational lung disease. The HSE has revealed that construction workers are at a particularly high risk of developing lung diseases due to high volumes of dust on construction sites; with lung diseases believed to […]

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The new Guideline for judges sets out a range of 1 to 18 years imprisonment. Gross negligence manslaughter is the most serious charge an individual can face following a fatal workplace incident and charges are reserved for only the most serious cases. The offence requires a “gross” breach of the duty of care owed to […]

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Health and Safety Barristers


Peter Jennings

Lawyer since 1972

Nicholas Cotter

Lawyer since 1999

Tom Horder

Lawyer since 2004

Sunyana Sharma

Lawyer since 2006

Jonathan Underhill

Lawyer since 2008

Gemma White

Lawyer since 2009