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            Health & Safety

            The threat of health and safety or regulatory scrutiny may be a part of doing business, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t distracting, worrying and disruptive.

            We safeguard the reputation of you and your business. Our approach is distinctive.

            Continually ranked as national leaders in the field of health and safety defence we are praised for our focus on risk analysis, commercial understanding and a breadth of expertise across sectors and industries.

            Our nationwide team includes over 20 lawyers including an ex HSE prosecutor. The team also benefits from support from paralegals and access to a range of Consultants through DWF Resource, giving us the ability to service clients across the country and in the aftermath of any scale of event or incident.

            Our regulatory expertise is recognised as decisive, detailed and proactive and we provide support and advice throughout cases to corporate bodies AND individuals:

            • HSE/Police/Local Authority investigations (following accidents and reports)
            • Compliance with safety legislation (auditing, risk analysis, corporate support, employeetraining)
            • Appeals against Enforcement Notices (prohibition and improvement notices)
            • Crisis Response Service and MyCrisis
            • Internal accident investigations
            • Interviews under caution/written representations to regulatory bodies
            • Coroners’ inquests
            • Prosecutions and investigations under the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974 and subordinate legislation
            • Prosecutions and investigations under Manslaughter legislation including Corporate and Gross Negligence Manslaughter
            • Representation in the Magistrates' and Crown Courts
            • Appeals on conviction and sentencing in the Court of Appeal

            Crisis Response

            Our leading Crisis Response Service and MyCrisis provide 24/7 peace of mind, should you or your business face a regulatory investigation. We protect you and your business' legal rights, help you support traumatised employees in the aftermath of tragic accidents and contain adverse media attention.


            The Sentencing Guidelines for Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences (introduced in February 2016) have shaken up the regulatory landscape for both Corporate defendants and Individual defendants, seeing a rise in fines generally, £1million plus fines becoming commonplace, and a rise in the number and length of custodial sentences. Learn more about how these changes impact you by viewing our Sentencing Guidelines webinar.

            View our health and safety video below

            Legal Insight

            Australia - More COVID-19 WHS guidance released, must be adopted

            07 May 2020

            Following the workplace safety principles released by National Cabinet in late April, Safe Work Australia (SWA) has continued to develop their online hub to be a one-stop-shop for pandemic-specific safety needs for large employers, small businesses and workers.

            Steffan Groch

            • Partner // Head of Regulatory

            Paul Matthews

            • Partner // Head of Regulatory (Yorkshire and North East)

            Vikki Woodfine

            • Partner // Head of Road Transport & Logistics // Head of Regulatory Compliance & Investigations (North West)

            Jamie McPherson

            • Managing Director (Australia)

            Damian Hegarty

            • Principal Lawyer
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            DWF Forensic

            DWF Forensic

            DWF Forensic is a team of experienced, qualified forensic accountants and investigators, with ‘Big Four’ accounting expertise. 

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