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Our barristers offer “unrivalled expertise in Health & Safety and Crime”.

Reflecting previous awards and nominations for Health and Safety Set of the Year, Health and Safety Silk of the Year, and Health and Safety Junior of the year, 2BR H&S barristers offer an unparalleled combination of experience in the field of Health & Safety law and practice together with a formidable reputation for first-class Criminal Advocacy. 2BR H&S’s barristers offer expertise across an ever-expanding range of sectors including the leisure, residential, retail, construction, manufacturing, agricultural, real estate, hospitality, healthcare, transport, recycling, entertainment, tech, and nuclear industries.

The 2 Bedford Row team have been involved in all the UK’s major health & safety cases of the past few years, acting for both the defence and prosecution, and for interested parties including:

  • The Grenfell Tower Inquiry
  • The Hillsborough Inquests and subsequent Duckenfield Prosecutions
  • The Lakanal Super-Inquest
  • The Buncefield Disaster

Members of Chambers have similarly appeared in important authorities in the field:

For details of many other well-publicised cases undertaken by members of Chambers, please consult their individual health and safety profiles. Our specialist barristers advise employers, companies, company directors, individuals and public bodies including Local Authorities on all aspects of health & safety enforcement, and at every stage of proceedings including:

  • Advice at an early stage of the investigation following a work-related death,
  • Response to investigation by HSE, Office for Rail and Road (ORR), Environment Agency (EA), Local Authority Environmental and Health & Safety enforcement, and Police, including the exercise of statutory powers under HSWA and invitations to be interviewed under caution,
  • Response to Notices of Contravention and Fee for Intervention (FFI), including appeals,
  • Response to Prohibition and Improvement Notices including written appeals and representation at the Employment Tribunal,
  • Appearance at inquest on behalf of interested parties,
  • Breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HSWA) and associated Health & Safety Regulations,
  • Corporate and Gross Negligence Manslaughter cases concerning companies, director and manager criminal liability arising from health and safety breaches,
  • Representation at the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts; Summary and Jury Trials, Plea and Sentencing Hearings,
  • Appeals to the Court of Appeal and the High Court,
  • Enforcement under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order) 2005 acting for companies, individuals and fire and rescue authorities, in respect of fire safety enforcement notices, appeals and prosecutions for breaches of fire safety.

For many years 2 Bedford Row has been ranked as a leading health and safety set in Chambers UK Bar and Legal 500 – the two leading independent guides to the Bar:

Instructing solicitors praise 2 Bedford Row as a go-to set for health and safety matters, noting that the Chambers “offers a real breadth and depth of expertise in this area.” Members are particularly experienced in the prosecution and defence of corporate manslaughter and individual gross negligence manslaughter cases and have recently been instructed in matters arising from construction deaths and rail accidents. The team is also regularly called upon to act for and advise clients on cases involving the Regulatory Reform Act and complex prosecutions relating to breaches of fire safety. The set’s enviable client list includes major corporations and their directors, as well as the HSE, the ORR and fire and rescue authorities.Chambers UK Bar 2021

“Strong in the field of health and safety thanks to its ‘strength in depth’ of counsel…2 Bedford Row has particular expertise in health and safety enforcement work, including corporate and involuntary manslaughter, particularly in the construction and transport industries.” Legal 500 2020

Demonstrating real strength in depth, 2 Bedford Row is ‘one of the most respected and established criminal sets’ in the country and is able to take on the most serious of cases. However, it is also particularly strong in regulatory and health and safety matters thanks to its ‘A-list collection’ of advocates.Legal 500 2019

2 BR boasts both QCs and Junior Barristers ranked for their expertise in Health and Safety. In 2019 Chambers was awarded health and safety set of the year by Chambers and partners and Richard Matthews QC has been awarded silk of the year twice. Jim Sturman QC and Christine Agnew QC have been nominated as Health and Safety silk of the year, Shauna Ritchie has been nominated as HSE junior of the year.

As the leading criminal set in the country all members of the group are experienced specialist criminal advocates and well placed to ensure the best outcome and service for clients. Many individual members are highly ranked in both the fields of Health and Safety and Crime and 9 members of the group are on the list of specialist regulatory advocates.

The 2BR Health & Safety team benefits from its close relationship with Associate Tenant Richard Matthews QC, the co-author of the principal practitioners’ text in this field, Health & Safety Enforcement: Law and Practice (Oxford University Press, 4th edition 2011) and Blackstone’s Guide to the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 (Oxford University Press).

2BR are pleased to offer lectures to instructing solicitors and their clients on developments in Health and Safety and Fire Safety law and practice. If you would like further details, or would like to book a seminar (currently conducted virtually) with one or more of 2BR’s Health and Safety Team, please contact Chambers’ Health and Safety specialist clerk, Deputy Senior Clerk Paul Rodgers.

Get in touch

For further information and enquiries please contact our clerks team.

Call: +44 (0)20 7440 8888
Email: clerks@2bedfordrow.co.uk

Clerk: Paul Rodgers
Telephone: +44 (0)7894 125 434
Email: Click here

Latest Health & Safety news and publications

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Gross Negligence Manslaughter Conviction

Allan Compton QC and Shauna Ritchie prosecuted two company directors and two companies in a four-week trial before Wall...

News 31st Mar 2022

Christine Agnew QC leading Alex Stein secure guilty pleas in corporate manslaughter prosecution.

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Cases 29th Mar 2022

Acquittal in Health and Safety child fatality prosecution 

Austin Stoton leading Harry Laidlaw, instructed by Mark Brookes and Satveer Pnaiser of  Clyde and Co., represented...

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Conviction of Toppesfield Limited for Health and Safety at Work Act Offences Following Road Reconstruction Fatality

Allan Compton QC prosecuted Toppesfield Limited, one of the UK’s leading road reconstruction specialists, for...

Blog 8th Jun 2021

The Fire Safety Act 2021: A missed opportunity

On the 29th April 2021 the clerk to the House of Lords uttered the time honoured Norman French words Le Reyne le vault...

Cases 25th Nov 2020

Acquittal in food safety prosecution

Jim Sturman QC and his junior (instructed by Angharad Reynolds of Clyde and Co) made an application to dismiss in a food...

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