When an incident occurs on a construction site, in a workplace or in a public area, a business can find itself subject to intense scrutiny from law enforcement agencies, regulators and the media.
The repercussions of an incident could include criminal charges, civil proceedings and reputational damage, which could result in very serious outcomes for both the company and individuals involved.
We can advise you on measures that need to be implemented when an incident first arises, the strategic approach to adopt and conducting any post incident investigations. We have extensive experience dealing with law enforcement agencies and regulators, including the Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency, the Police and the Coroner.
We have many years of in-depth knowledge from representing parties in subsequent legal proceedings which may follow an incident, including highly complex, long running multi-party prosecutions.
We will provide you with a comprehensive and seamless service including:
- Being on-site in the immediate aftermath of an incident
- Advising on any subsequent criminal investigation and likely criminal charges
- Representing clients at formal interviews and advising on the production of documents
- Defending proceedings and representing clients in the criminal courts
- Strategically advising on how best to deal with the media should it be necessary
Rachel Warren quoted by Construction Law on the increasing pressure on the HSE over Covid deaths
The Health & Safety Executive is likely to face increasing pressure to take enforcement action where employees have died from Covid.
Covid-19 Vaccination – can an employer make it compulsory for employees?
Complying with Health and Safety regulations will mean mandatory Covid-19 vaccination for employees?
“The reputation of the profession is more important than the fortunes of any individual member.”
We explore the approach regulators are taking to allegations of misconduct arising from incidents which have occurred outside working hours.
Workplace Re-occupancy – What you need to know
What are the opportunities and issues about returning to the workplace?
Assessing the draft Building Safety Bill
Read our analysis of the Government’s most radical legislative reform to building safety in decades.
Is your business COVID-secure? The HSE publishes common areas of failure
Rachel takes a look at things to consider to ensure your business is COVID-secure.
Government sets out proposals for new building safety measures to implement the Hackitt Report
Government's proposal for a reformed building safety regulatory system in its response to the Building a Safer Future consultation.
COVID-19 – Employers must still comply with health and safety obligations
Queen's Speech 2019: Grenfell Tower Law
The Queen’s speech included legislation to implement new building safety standards in light of the Grenfell Tower incident.
Building and fire safety – Establishing gateways and the golden thread
In June 2019 the government issued its extensive consultation, Building a safer future to reform of the building safety regulatory system.
Owners beware - Don’t ignore your health and safety obligations
Case study on home construction projects for businesses.
Project insurance – does it always cover sub-contractors?
Recent case law could cause concern to contractors who may have assumed that they would always be covered by project insurance.
Dame Judith Hackitt’s review following the Grenfell fire: the final report
An overview of Dame Judith Hackitt’s final report which followed her independent review into building regulations and fire safety.
Real Estate and Construction Newsletter - March 2018
Welcome to our March newsletter, bringing you legal insight into issues facing the property industry.